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Welcome to Quays Culture, the home of inspiring digital, interactive art at MediaCityUK, Salford Quays. Here you can find out about our exciting, free participatory art projects that bring together local communities, artists pushing the boundaries of what digital art can achieve, and an illustrious group of organisations that call Salford Quays home. Please browse our site to learn more about us, our projects and how to get involved!

Unnatural Borders Art Competition

By on July 11, 2017

As part of Unnatural Borders in May, Quays Culture ran a Greater Manchester-wide art competition which saw groups from across the boroughs visit MediaCityUK to interpret the sculptures in their chosen medium. We saw some fantastic work produced, which went to a judging panel to decide the winner. After much deliberation, Carol Parkes of Salford Art Club was chosen, with panel lead Michael Simpson, Director of Visual Arts at The Lowry, commending the image:

The winning entry captures not only the immensity of the sculpture itself, but also the themes of endangerment and the impact of humankind on the natural world.  The collaged letters are as overwhelming as the threat we pose to the natural environment, and break through the borders of the image itself. 

Many thanks to all of the groups who participated in what was an exciting competition. Take a look at the entries below to see how these artists worked with the sculptures to create their wonderful work.

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Festival Visit: Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2017

By on July 7, 2017

Our Programme Manager, Laura Broome, attended GDIF last week. With an exciting mix of outdoor theatre and events on offer, Laura gives us her highlights and some insight as to how these could work here at Salford Quays. 1) VR

SHINE Selection

By on June 23, 2017

Quays Culture’s Producer, Lucy Dusgate, gives us the run-down of her visit to Leeds for the SHINE Emerging Artist Programme interviews SHINE is an art commissioning programme in partnership with Light Night Leeds aimed at supporting emerging artists in creating

Drawing the Endangered

By on June 2, 2017

Greater Manchester groups get creative during Unnatural Borders During the run of Unnatural Borders, our latest exhibition at MediaCityUK, art groups from across Greater Manchester took part in a borough-wide competition, interpreting the sculptures in their medium of choice. We

Unnatural Borders: The Highlights

By on June 1, 2017

Unnatural Borders saw four gigantic sculptures take over MediaCityUK’s waterside for a total of 10 days from 20-29 May, challenging our perceptions of man-made vs natural environments and how they influence the status of endangered species. Animals from land and