Arduino music making at Central Library

Liverpool Central Library will be brought to life with ceramic instruments, soundscapes, moving image installations and more on Saturday 28 May.

As part of the Liverpool Light Night programme, artists involved in the Sacred Spaces, Sanctuary – a project that explores the cultural, artistic and human connection with the environment – will preview some of the work and prototype created.

Between 7.30 and 9pm, the artists will be on-hand to provide audiences of all ages with opportunities to get involved in interactive demonstrations and maker activities.

Sacred Spaces, Sanctuary is a research and development project funded primarily by Arts Council England that uses artistic practices – traditional and digital – to unearth our shared connection the planet, people’s relationship to Sacred Land and spaces that provide varying notions of sanctuary. Sacred Spaces are sometimes associated with spirituality; other people interpret them as places of beauty. For some, they are places connected to Indigenous Nations or faith groups, and some are non-obvious locales that are spaces of sanctuary for individuals. These spaces have the ability to draw people to them, creating connections between people and the Earth, and provide sanctuary in different forms, from healing and well-being to creative expression and freedom.

As part of this preview installation, people can contribute to the project by bringing in video footage of spaces that provide them with sanctuary, or work with soundscape artists to record their own stories about a Sacred Space. All of which will be curated on an ever-growing geo-map of Sacred Space stories throughout the evening. Ceramic Artists’ Uma Ramanathan and John Parker will be explaining the process behind making their ceramic instruments coded with Arduinos, and attendees can get their hands on the prototypes of these and make their own music. Or if music isn’t your think, then join digital artist, Laura Pullig, to code your own Arduino.

All of this is a little sneak preview for local audiences and families of a larger performance piece happening later in the month that will combine much of the work on show during Light Night 2016 with live show involving contemporary Native American Artists from the Dream Warriors collective to bring an international dynamic to the stories being told. On 28th May 2016, these Artists – Frank Walk (Rapper), Sampson Brothers (Dancers) and Tanaya Winder (Poet) – will team-up with local artists to bring Liverpool Central Library to life once again through song, dance, music, video, and a sprinkling of digital magic! Tickets for this one-off performance are £10 and can be bought on the door or online at

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