What is Quays Culture?
We are part of the mix of arts and cultural events across the Quays, running a programme in the outdoor spaces and across venues . Our programme will include events such as two free annual festivals, artists commissions & residencies, talks & discussion forums, co-commissioning new art works and pop-up events over the year.
We are supported by the Quays Partnership to develop the waterfront as the place to be for the next generation, creating new and forward thinking art works and events on the Quays to inspire everyone, and establishing the place as a home for artists and creatives to make and show high quality work. The Quays Partnership backing means that we can help artists and communities to access some of the best resources and facilities to bring to life the natural, physical and digital environment of The Quays.
Quays Culture lead on the development of the Quays, Greater Manchester's Waterfront, as a cultural destination. Our vision is to make The Quays the place to be for the next generation and a magnet for artists and creative innovators and public audiences. We are inspired by The Quays as a dynamic place where the public, culture, media, business and the aquatic interact on a local and global platform.
We are contributing to developing the Quays an exciting and dynamic cultural destination, a place to see, create and interact with art of the future and connect to the world, a place of energy, and 'the place to be' for public and professionals as audiences, participants, creators and artists.
What this will look like?
Quays Culture will run arts and cultural events across the Quays in the outdoor spaces and across venues. This will include events such as free annual festivals, artists commissions, residencies, talks & debate forums, co-commissioning new art works and pop-up events over the year. Everyone is invited to come to the Quays and join in with both small-scale and mass-participation events and activities from the intimate to the monumental.
An example of our events NVA: Speed of Light. This extraordinary FREE public art performance brought Greater Manchester's waterfront to life between 8pm and 9pm on 21, 22 and 23 March 2013. Hundreds of runners wearing specially commissioned LED light suits flowed over bridges and around the public spaces and buildings of The Quays, creating beautiful, choreographed patterns of light. Free for audiences, it is a piece of stunning art, both monumental in scale and beautifully subtle in vision. A centrepiece of 2012's Edinburgh's International Festival, and also staged in Yokohama's docklands (Japan), the innovative use of light and intentional movement alters perceptions of otherwise familiar environments and the urban landscape at the Quays for both runners and spectators