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Sunday 28 May 2017

A Summer of Digital Discoveries across Cheshire East

Cheshire East continues to deliver an inspiring SHIFT programme this summer – celebrating digital arts and tech in 2017 and beyond in venues and creative spaces throughout the borough. From interactive storytelling, the world premiere of art installations, maker stations and a jam-packed family programme - these forthcoming events open up the exciting world of digital arts to and for all right across Cheshire East.

Summer Highlights Include:

Tales of the Town, Bollington June 2 – 4 June, including Family Event 3 June

The Tales of the Town exhibition takes a nostalgic look into the lives of people in Bollington -  a town that prides itself on its heritage, industry and community spirit. This interactive exhibition invites visitors to unlock largely untold and personal community stories hidden inside handmade curiosity cabinets dotted around this  post industrial town. Each beautifully crafted box contains the memories of Bollington dwellers past and present, expressing and commemorating their life and experiences from days of old.   Created by Manchester based art collective One Five West -  Sophie Bullock and Anna Horton -  together with local anthropologist Zak Tanamli, they have interviewed local residents and groups to capture how village life has changed over the years, and to explore what the future holds.

As part of this exhibition, a free family fun day takes place at Bollington Arts Centre on 3rd June, from 11 - 3pm for all. Families can partake in creative workshops and get hands-on with the technology involved in the interactive exhibition. Collect free maps, activities and refreshments to explore the public art works hidden across Bollington.

Tinker Market with Wavemaker  June 25,  Treacle Market, Macclesfield, 10-3pm

Attention all shoppers! Do you want to 'demystify the world of tech?' Do you want to get hands on with the latest kit including 3D printers, Micro:bits and Raspberry Pis? Do you want your tech questions answered while coding a robot through our obstacle course? Then the Wavemaker STEAM Explorer Market Stall is just for you!

June will see the first of these interactive Tinker Markets happening at the ever popular Treacle Market in Macclesfield. These pop in monthly events offer shoppers and visitors the opportunity to take part in making workshops and to get hands on with new technologies - whilst out and about enjoying the monthly farmers market. Themes include Robotics with designer Ross Atkin and 3d printing with Stoke based Wavemaker.

The first iteration of the Tinker Market will feature a guest spot by Wavemaker which will see a marketplace of technology, machinery and “show and tells” exploring new forms of making.

Full information on this event plus dates and themes for all the Tinker Markets are available via the SHIFT website:

Colony: Alison Ballard and Mike Blow

Friday 30 June 1pm – 7pm, Saturday 1 July 10am – 4pm, Sunday 2 July 10am – 4pm

Coming to Crewe Market Square this summer, Colony is a visually arresting and aurally entrancing work that transforms the environment into an alien landscape through light and sound. These large, tactile, sonic sculptures allow the audience to experience the physicality of sound through listening, touching, and hugging.

Family Highlights August 1-September 1st

Drop in and get making at these free and family friendly hands on workshops at different Cheshire East libraries across the borough:

Animations in Minecraft

Create 8-bit animations in Minecraft using physical punchcards, powered by PatternCraft

Build an Infrared Detector Circuit

Learn how the PatternCraft punchcard reader works by creating your very own infrared detector circuit.

Interactive LED art

Program the Micro:bit LED display and create interactive bitmap art that responds to movement and button presses.


Use the PatternCraft punchcard reader to program machines, tempo and sounds and create a basic music composition.


The magic of Minecraft comes to Crewe with five public interactive sessions where you can build a part of Crewe’s heritage.

Minecraft has captured the imagination of kids everywhere, and this project will re-create Crewe’s historic buildings in three-dimensional digital reconstruct the designs of old buildings and landmarks within digital worlds.

It will bring together history, heritage, architecture and digital design in one exciting and fun learning experience.

With five days of public events, incorporating four workshops each day during holiday periods: Saturday 8 July (part of trAction Festival), Monday 31 July, Saturday 5 August, Saturday 12 August, Monday 14 August at Crewe Library

Thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, these sessions are free but places are limited. Call : 01270 375295 to book

Full information on venues, dates and times and how to book your free place  for all these workshops -

SHIFT Artists Talk

Colony: Artists In Conversation, Friday 30 Jun 2017 at 18:00 Circle Bar, Lyceum Theatre, Crewe  FREE

To celebrate the launch of  COLONY, join the artists Mike Blow and Alison Ballard in conversation with Louise Shannon, Creative Director of SHIFT, to find out about how they created this stunning new art installation - large, tactile, sonic sculptures which allow the audience to experience the physicality of sound through listening, touching, and hugging.

Refreshments will be provided.

Colony is on display in Crewe Market Square on Friday 30th June 1pm-7pm, Saturday 1st July 10am-4pm, and Sunday 2nd July 10am-4pm.

To book a free place on this talk – please sign up here:

Ross Atkin. Monday 31st July. Macclesfield Library. 18.30-20.00, FREE

Ross Atkin is a designer and engineer based in East London with a

strong interest in making design and engineering more visible and accessible to young people. He was part of the 'Fix Team' on the BBC2's flagship maker-focused program 'The Big Life Fix' and started The Crafty Robot to radically lower the barriers for young people to getting into creative making. Ross’s work has been displayed in the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year exhibition and Fast Company Magazine’s Innovation By Design Awards. He is also recognised internationally as an expert on the Internet of Things having been invited to speak on the subject at high profile technology and design conferences from San Francisco and Austin to Johannesburg and Beirut.

Join him on Monday 31st July where he will discuss and give valuable insight into his design practice and his approach to making and new technologies.

The full SHIFT programme – including talks, workshops, professional training, tech meet ups, art installations, family events and drop-in coding sessions - will be updated throughout the year via the website:

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