Announcing: SHINE Artists

By on July 21, 2017

After shortlisting and interviews, we are delighted to announce that we will be presenting work from 4 emerging artists at Lightwaves 2017 through the SHINE Programme in collaboration with Light Night Leeds. Artists include:

Brink Dance Company and Howl Creative

A collaborative installation piece combining live dance performance with projection (digital and physical worlds), looking at the theme of escapism. 

Kira Zhigalina

Immersive interactive installation called ‘Symbiosis’, which visualises breathing. Sensors in the work pick up participants’ breathing rates and this is converted into a digital representation through LEDs.

Naifei Wu

Storyteller #2 is an installation made up of robots which have been programmed to interact with audiences and tell local stories of people from Salford. 

Will Hurt

Abstract Playground AP3 is part video game, part musical instrument, allowing audiences to reconfigure an iconic building at The Quays, playing with a geometric design to create their own digital version of the physical form.

Each artist will receive a bespoke training package as well as mentoring and support during installation. It’s going to be a fantastic learning curve as they develop their practice and a unique opportunity to show their work in an outdoor setting. Stay tuned for further details.

Laiki #5 by Edyta Masior at Lightwaves 2016. Image c/o ShortForm

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

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

Building Unnatural Borders

By on May 18, 2017

With 2 days until the launch of Unnatural Borders, it’s all hands on deck with the build. Radios are buzzing with activity, trucks are unloading materials and Sober Industries are working alongside Quays Culture and local suppliers to make the

In Conversation with Tim Boin: Sober Industries

By on April 26, 2017

With Unnatural Borders just a month away, we caught up with Tim Boin, founder and art director of Sober Industries, to get some insight into their artistic practice. Tell us about yourself and the history of Sober Industries. My name

Unnatural Borders: Endangered Species in The City

By on March 31, 2017

Ever seen a polar bear at the tram stop? What about a whale out of water? Unnatural Borders is set to blur the lines between nature and the built environment through the installation of 4 huge sculptures representing endangered species

It Takes Two: Cultural Exchange with Duet

By on March 24, 2017

Quays Culture are proud to have co-commissioned Duet, a new digital experience which facilitates cultural exchange between the UK and India. Duet officially took off on 23rd February, asking ‘What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done?’ The question prompted