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Shakespeare for the digital generation

Shakespeare for the digital generation

27 June 2016

As part of the Shake Shakespeare project, North Lincolnshire Council are running a series of creative coding workshops in our libraries, culminating in an interactive exhibition.

Interactive artists, Genetic Moo, will be running the sessions in basic creative coding. Each participant will learn how to program simple geometric shapes, text and images and move them around the screen in colourful animated patterns.

The theme of the workshops will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to coincide with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth.

All the artworks created during the sessions will be combined into an interactive exhibition - called Love-In-Idleness - which will tour North Lincolnshire later this year. The exhibition will feature interactive elements triggered by audience members’ movement and sound. Visitors will be able to enjoy watching the magical moonlit forest and its creatures come alive before their very eyes.

Love-In-Idleness is the name Shakespeare gave to a magic flower with power to make people fall in love with the first person or thing they saw in a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The sessions are suitable for children aged eight and above. Under 16s should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The creative coding workshops will take place on:

  • Saturday 2 July from 9.30am to 10.30am and 11am to 12pm at Ashby Library and Local Link, Ashby High Street, Scunthorpe

  • Saturday 2 July from 2pm to 3pm at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe

  • Saturday 9 July from 9.30am to 10.30am and 11am to 12pm at Barton Library, Providence House, Holydyke, Barton-upon-Humber

  • Saturday 9 July from 2pm to 3pm at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre

All sessions are free however donations towards the project are very welcome.

Cllr Carl Sherwood, cabinet member for Health and Wellbeing at North Lincolnshire Council, said:

“Lots of children and young people can find Shakespeare’s plays are stuffy and difficult to understand but these creative coding sessions will help them engage with the Bard’s work in a new and exciting way!

“All the works created at the coding workshops will then be combined into an interactive exhibition that will tour North Lincolnshire. This will give everyone the opportunity to see the creative talents of our young people and enjoy Shakespeare’s work in his anniversary year.”

Places on the workshops are limited so please book your place to avoid disappointment. You can book your place by calling North Lincolnshire Central Library on 01724 860161 or emailing library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk.

This project is made possible thanks to funding from Arts Council England, North Lincolnshire Library Service, North Lincolnshire Arts Development and Words Count. For more information, please contact Arts Development Officer Chelsey Everatt on chelsey.everatt@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297277.

Genetic Moo

Contact details

To book your place, please contact North Lincolnshire Central Library on  library.enquiries@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 860161.

For further information about the project, please contact Arts Development Officer, Chelsey Everatt on chelsey.everatt@northlincs.gov.uk or call 01724 297277.

First Published:27 June 2016