Celebrating our Crewe Craft project

Between May 2017 and March 2018, young people in Crewe took part in a series of workshops to re-create Crewe’s historic buildings in the popular game Minecraft. Through the game and using items from Cheshire Archives, they learnt about the history of their town as they reconstructed the designs of

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Meet our COSMOS Ambassadors

During the lead up to the bluedot festival, and during the festival weekend, our COSMOS Ambassadors engaged in a series of workshops and research trips out to Jodrell Bank in anticipation of Hidden in Plain Sight by COSMOS artist Addie Wagenknecht. The purpose of the programme was to give an

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Pollution Explorers with Ling Tan in Macclesfield

Back in June, the IDST crew, which meets weekly at MaccArtsSpace, were joined by Future Everything Fault Lines artist Ling Tan for a Pollution Explorers workshop. This is a guest blog post by Simon Ross, IDST co-founder. Air quality and how to analyse and understand it, are at the heart of

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Children’s creative events in Crewe throughout the summer holidays

In August children in Crewe will be able to take part in a skills initiative which will develop their skills in design, printing, manufacturing and music. Cheshire East’s SHIFT digital activities programme has launched a new events initiative called ‘Make SHIFT Crewe’. This is in partnership with library services and Wavemaker,

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Convergence Symposium – films

This February our Convergence Symposium, brought to you by SHIFT and WEAVE, celebrated a year of digital activity across Cheshire East.  We had speakers from far and wide exploring the convergence between the arts and the digital, between creativity and tech. You can now see all the talks and in-conversations

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TrAction Crewe: A Huge Success

On Saturday 7 July TrAction, Crewe’s festival of science, movement and the arts returned for its third year running. Blending art, transport and technology, the festival took over the centre of Crewe. Live performances as part of Spare Parts Festival mixed into the bustling Crewe shopping centre, allowing members of

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Pollution Explorers with Future Everything and IDST!

SHIFT is really excited to be working with Future Everything on two upcoming exciting projects. We are working with some of their Fault Lines artists – a talent development and commissioning programme for art in technology innovation. One will bring an original digital arts commission to Cheshire East – we

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Windsocks at Treacle Market

This summer SHIFT was delighted to host new media and electronic artist Laura Pullig at the Treacle Market in Macclesfield. As well as her plant synth workshop, Laura brought one of her wind powered illuminating windsocks. It took Laura a lot of experimentation to finalise the electronic circuits, which used

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Watch our full video of the Town Talk with Daito Manabe

Following the World Premiere of Daito Manabe’s COSMOS commission for Jodrell Bank’s Lovell Telescope at Bluedot festival, he joined us in July for our Town Talk to discuss the work. Developed in partnership with Abandon Normal Devices and SHIFT, this inaugural commission for COSMOS, a flagship international artist residency and

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Laurence Payot and ‘Living Sculpture’ featured in Sky News Swipe

Did you manage to catch ‘Living Sculpture’ this spring that we brought to Crewe train station Platform 6 waiting room? The artist behind the piece, Laurence Payot, is featured in this episode of Sky News’ technology show Swipe. Check out her work here as well as some other awesome digital

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