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Sunday 11 February 2018


AN exciting line-up of original art, new gadgets and thought-provoking talks from technology experts has been unveiled for a forthcoming free event bridging the digital and artistic worlds.

‘CONVERGENCE’ is a symposium developed by two Cheshire organisations SHIFT and WEAVE and will take place at Macclesfield Town Hall on Tuesday, February 13, from 12pm to 8.30pm.

The event is open to anyone to attend, from technology and arts professionals to those who simply have a curiosity. Throughout the day there will be an eclectic range of speakers, group discussion sessions and an opportunity for attendees to wander and experience an exhibition of installations for themselves.

Among the featured installations at CONVERGENCE are:

● A virtual reality film reflecting on the trial of famed computer scientist Alan Turing

● A digital sculpture by acclaimed Liverpool-based artist Laurence Payot, who created an interactive art installation at Crewe train station last year.

‘The Dreamer is still asleep’ sound installation, which has been a key feature at the National Trust’s Little Moreton Hall near Congleton.

One of the key aims of the event is to demonstrate how the digital and art worlds can be fused together to develop new technologies that captivate and inspire people. Amongst the speakers are representatives from Siemens, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) and the University of Salford.

SHIFT is a council-backed programme celebrating all things digital in Cheshire East, responsible for promoting the event.

Its programme manager Marieke Navin said: “Traditionally, people might have viewed the arts world and digital industries as being at polar opposites but today that couldn’t be further from the truth. In the modern world, technology firms are seeking artistic flair and creativity from their employees,” she said.

“Our Symposium event – a convergence of digital and art – is shaping up to be an exciting event to inspire, stimulate new ideas and possible surprise people.”

Julian Cobley, Weave member and managing director of the Skills and Growth Company, added: “The creative digital sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in the Borough, with around 2,000 businesses and strengths in gaming, software, marketing and new media locally. This event is a great opportunity to find out more about the exciting new part of our economy”

Following an afternoon where as well as listening, engaging and sharing ideas, people will have a chance to network with industry professionals; at 6:30pm a Weave organised ‘Town Talk’ will be held.

This will showcase the proactive, community driven cultural scene and how this can be supported to deliver benefits beyond the arts community, for place-making, regeneration and the wider economy.  

For more information about the Symposium event, and to book your place, visit:

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