D:Circus Digital Art Project

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The D:Circus Digital Art Project was a two-year programme funded by Arts Council England and Wigan Council, working with Wigan libraries and museums to deliver high quality digital art.

It was a fantastic opportunity for everyone in Wigan borough and beyond, to grow and enhance their potential for digital expression and arts engagement.

The project covered different aspects of digital art, perfectly capturing the excitement and variety of a digital circus.

Over the past two years, the project has enabled a fantastic variety of events and learning opportunities for all ages, here are just a few of these activities:

Digi & Create Days, Fun Palaces and Digital Families sessions

These events have offered an introduction to digital creativity and learning delivered throughout the two years and in partnership with digital artists from across the borough, local cultural services and Wigan Council’s digital team. All of these sessions were designed to introduce residents to new skills and learning opportunities including; iDEA Award, coding skills for everyone from 0 to the 100s, creative apps and games, pixel art and digital music making.

Robot Days and Coding Unplugged for Early Years

Robot Days and Coding Unplugged were two projects delivered across Wigan Libraries. These activities were designed to offer exciting opportunities for early years and primary school aged children to gain an understanding of coding and computer programming. This was done through interactive games and activities with help from Wigan Libraries friendly robots.

Mobile and Tablet Photography for Beginners

A fun and interactive beginner’s session learning how to take photos on your tablet or phone, edit photos using apps and share photos with friends and family.

Museums at Night

As part of the national Museums at Night Festival; the public were invited for an evening’s entertainment and refreshments, to explore quirky corners and to see culture in a new light. Visitors attended The Museum of Wigan Life after dark to see the museum come to life with new art, digital art, soundscapes, projections and live music.

Libraries by Day

‘Libraries by Day’ was a project involving workshops and an exhibition celebrating Wigan’s heritage with quirky elements of digital creativity and teletext art. Delivered and created by Wigan-based digital artists Dan Farrimond and Louise Robson.

Animated Clay Stories

Animated Clay Stories was a series of fun and vibrant story telling sessions to introduce people of all ages to the world of creative apps, clay modelling and art; showing them how to create short animations and images.

Introduction to 3D printing

Learning sessions delivered at Wigan Library to introduce people to 3D Printing. Topics covered; what is 3D printing?, making your 3D object, preparing to print, printing troubleshooting and 3D printing open resources.

Digital Story Times with WiganSTEAM

A Pre-School Coding Class to show parents how to support children’s digital learning and how to use tech safely. Parents and Children also designed and shared digital stories together.

Activating Archives and the Make It Yourself Exhibition

Throughout the months of July and August, a research team from the University of Central Lancashire’s Media Innovation Studio exhibited newly created digital musical experiences which blended together elements of play and Japanese culture.

The exhibitions presented a range of musical activities, including a digitised Shogi Board. The team worked collaboratively with members of the general public across Wigan Libraries and Museums to design novel and engaging public experiences.

Blue Pie Thinking Artist Mentoring

A programme delivered by Re:Dock artist Hwa Young Jung to help D:Circus artists develop their artistic practice group discussions and one-to-one mentoring to work out the hurdles that faces artists starting out.

Code Club

Delivered by Wigan Council’s Digital Team; Code Clubs teach children how to start coding using Scratch. Each session teach new skills and help children learn how to make cool games, animations, and websites too.

Curiosity Boxes

A series of drop-in workshops delivered throughout Summer and Autumn 2018 with artist Louise Robson. Participants were invited to create a ‘Curiosity Box’, each Curiosity Box included a Micro:bit kit, art materials and a project work-booklet. The project helped to combines digital elements and ‘real world’ art in which participants learnt new skills such as; creative design, simple circuits and coding.

All of the boxes were exhibited in Wigan Library at the end of the project and participants got to keep their Curiosity Box and Micro:Bit in order to carry on being creative with coding at home.

Light Night Wigan & Leigh

Light Night Wigan & Leigh was an amazing finale for the D:Circus project. Hundreds of excited residents braved the early winter chill to participate in the Wigan and Leigh Light Nights 2018. Both nights proved to be an epic spectacle of light, creativity and fun! Highlights included; dazzling parades through Wigan and Leigh town centres led by flamboyant street performers, local parents and children and an Art Trail including an amazing variety of art work produced by digital artists from all over the country.

Light Night 2018 was made possible through funding by Wigan Libraries D:Circus project, in partnership with Wigan Steam.

The Ada.Ada.Ada Show

The D:Circus project also worked in partnership with GM Libraries to bring the internationally renowned Ada.Ada.Ada. team to Wigan and Leigh Library for a day of enlightening performances and workshops. The Ada.Ada.Ada. performance is the spellbinding, interactive story of Ada Lovelace - the creator of the world’s first computer programme. Written and Directed by Zoe Philpott. 

How to get involved

To get involved or find out more about the project and upcoming events, contact D:Circus.

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