New ‘industrial revolution’ declared!

“WE are currently living through an industrial revolution” – that was the declaration of Siemens’ learning and development head speaking at an exhilarating digital and art showcase at Macclesfield Town Hall. Dave Thomas, based at technology giant Siemens’ Congleton site, was among an array of influential industry experts at ‘CONVERGENCE’ on

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Photos: Convergence Symposium

We had a brilliant day at Macclesfield Town Hall this week at our Convergence Symposium.  We discussed and debated everything from addressing the skills and creativity gap, how to attract and retain the best talent and how important the convergence between the tech and the creative is. Check out our

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February Half Term: Let’s Draw in Virtual Reality

Want to draw with light? Find a library near you over half-term If you are interested in the emerging virtual reality world, then get to a Cheshire East Library over half-term. Researchers from the University of Manchester’s Institute for Cultural Practices are joining forces with SHIFT to do a  tour

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Convergence Symposium Programme

Click HERE to see our Convergence Symposium full programme. The Convergence Symposium is brought to you by SHIFT, The Weave and The Skills and Growth Company. Featuring Symposium speakers: Mike Stubbs, FACT Liverpool www.fact.co.uk Dave Thomas, Siemens www.siemens.com Erinma Ochu, Squirrel Nation http://squirrelnation.co.uk Catherine Allen, Limina Immersive www.liminaimmersive.com Gemma May

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Volunteers wanted to support Macclesfield Event

Introduction Cheshire East Council is hosting a symposium called Convergence, which is a conference style event to celebrate the first years of its Arts Council funded digital arts programme called SHIFT. This programme has been delivered in partnership with a local network called the Weave that is made up of

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Measuring the true value of creative exports

The Creative Industries Federation and the Creative Industries Council are collecting data on digital exports with the aim to capture the sector’s true value.  They need as many organisations as possible to respond. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/digitalexportsurvey The responses to this survey are to be used in a

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Digital and Arts Worlds Collide At Ground-Breaking Technology Event In Macclesfield

PEOPLE interested in the creative space where digital arts meet business technology are invited to attend a free event bringing together awe-inspiring gadgets, original art installations and industry experts.   ‘CONVERGENCE’ is a symposium developed by two Cheshire organisations SHIFT and WEAVE and will take place at Macclesfield Town Hall

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Dreamy Digital Discoveries: our animation

Last October we took over Little Moreton Hall with Wild Rumpus and sound artist Scanner to create Dreamy Digital Discoveries: a stop motion animation film drawn and created by children with a soundtrack scored by Scanner. Check out the wonderful animation here: The imaginations of the children totally amazed us,

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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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Plants & Synths at Just So festival

This August new media and electronic artist Laura Pullig brought her plants & synths workshop to Just So festival as part of the SHIFT summer programme. These workshops allow people to build their own plant synths and make weird sounds with plants, leaves and moss.  Laura has created a plant

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