Lightwaves 2018

Fri 7 December - Sun 16 December

Lightwaves 2018

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The unmissable Lightwaves festival returns to Salford Quays for 10 days this December, packed full of impressive light displays and playful art installations. Make sure you visit as part of your festive season – it’s completely free!

Two major commissions that visitors can engage with include Hooded Youth from internationally recognised, and renowned London-based artist, Stanza, and SPECTRUM from Montreal based collaborative, HUB – a co-commission, and part of an exciting international collaboration with Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles.


Quays Culture

A sneak preview...


Picture of Mutator VR: Mutation Space & Vortex by William Latham

1. Mutator VR: Mutation Space & Vortex

by William Latham

Wearing a VR headset, be transported to interactive virtual worlds in which your movements impact on the surreal environment. An immersive psychedelic experience.

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2. Spectrum

by HUB Studio

Spectrum is an interactive installation that activates visual and sound imagery with the human voice. Users will be able to speak messages and illustrate the process of communication throughout time and space.

3. Cathedral of Mirrors

by Mads Christensen

Mirrored columns reflect the viewer and internal LED lights react to human movement, creating patterns across a spectrum of colours.

Picture of Mirror Stage by Mads Christensen

4. Mirror Stage

By Gillian Hobson, a SHINE commission

Using images from the artist’s own home to produce a kaleidoscope of moving image, colour and light, this installation invites audiences to consider what it means to be ‘at home’ in the 21st century.

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5, 6, 8, 12,14, 18. Blackpool Illuminations

Quays Culture showcases a curated collection of Blackpool Illuminations much-loved lights, including the popular Daleks and Tardis alongside an interactive surfboard!

7. Illuminim

by Sophie Bullock, Anna Horton Cremin, Callum Kirkwood, James Medd, Gemma May Latham, and Lewis Sykes. Created in Salford Eagle Lab @ The Landing, MediaCityUK.

Everybody has their own rhythm. Input yours using the Illuminim application to illuminate a row of lanterns floating on the water; all built with input from Salford’s artistic community.

9. Interactive Wall

by Kimatica Studio

Picture of Heart Beat by GNI Projects. Image: Joel Chester Fildes

10. Heart Beat by GNI Projects

An original Quays Culture commission, Heart Beat invites audiences to join hands with a friend or loved one in order to complete the circuit, using sensors to reveal the symbol of a heart.

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11. The Squirrel

Original Artwork by Tim Boin, projection by Dave Lynch

The Squirrel will come to life as the sun sets through the use of projection mapping technology, creating a mesmeric visual display.

Picture of Youth Culture by Stanza

13. Youth Culture

by Stanza

The sculpture shows a strong hooded youth through which collected data and information flows. A towering beautiful hooded sculpture.

Picture of Aura By Ronan Devlin, a SHINE commission

15. Aura

By Ronan Devlin, a SHINE commission

A digital mirror reflecting audience motion and emotion. The moving image work captures human form and feelings through camera and biometric sense technology.

16. Light Lab: Light Up The North

An indoor exhibition featuring artists: Aether + Hemera, Mick Stephenson, Debi Keable, Fixed Grinn Collective, Chris Paul Daniels, Dave Lynch and David Ogle.

An indoor group exhibition featuring artists from across the North of England who were part of a 2017 residency project.

Picture of Colour Curiosity Megan Fell, a SHINE commission

17. Colour Curiosity

By Megan Fell, a SHINE commission

Relive your childhood playfulness as you find bold colours and sounds hidden within magical cabinets in the MediaCityUK gardens.

Picture of Electronika K9 walk by Jane Webb, a SHINE commission

19. Electronika K9 walk

by Jane Webb, a SHINE commission

A transforming light installation of a boy walking his dog home. Created with recycled wires, from computer and electronic components, that are assimilated.

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The SHINE programme supports emerging artists and is delivered in partnership with Light Up The North network.