Bletchley Park, the former home of Britain’s World War Two Codebreakers, and the Milton Keynes Islamic Arts Centre (MKIAC) are holding an after-hours event from Thursday 5 – Saturday 7th March from 6-8pm to showcase a digital light projection and installation on the iconic Bletchley Park Mansion. Digital Light: Code Makers will be projected throughout the grounds at Bletchley Park celebrating the codes, patterns and symbols in mathematics and Islamic art.
A group of digital and calligraphy artists including EDA Alumna, Sara Choudhrey together with Maryam Smit, Pete Cleary and Soraya Syed will be showcasing their work alongside a host of local community groups and schools who have been involved in the project.
MKIAC was founded in 2002 by Anouar Kassim MBE, with a vision to share traditional and contemporary Islamic Arts and Culture to encourage community cohesion through creativity. Artistically the company focuses on live performance, visual and digital arts through developing and nurturing new emerging artists, and creative participation.
Anouar Kassim MBE says: “Digital Light: Code Makers is a project that is rooted in the community of Milton Keynes with links to the local heritage of Bletchley Park. By projecting a maths and codebreaking inspired light artwork – created by Shenley Brook End School, MK College and the local community onto the iconic Mansion in the middle of the heritage site and through our accompanying project outreach, we hope to send out a positive message of peace, unity and collaboration.”
Bletchley Park is a vibrant heritage attraction and museum, open daily to visitors. It was the home of British World War Two codebreaking; a place where technological innovation and human endeavour came together to make ground-breaking achievements that have helped shape the world we live in today.
Rebecca Foy, Director of Public Engagement at Bletchley Park Trust says:
“We are delighted to be working in collaboration with MKIAC and local community groups on this unique project. Bletchley Park is where some of Britain’s brightest minds tackled complex mathematical codes and ciphers to solve real world issues, and we hope people will be inspired to learn more about their story through this beautiful installation.”
Adrian Smith, Director and Chief Executive of The Alan Turing Institute, said:
“The Alan Turing Institute is pleased to see the emergence of this project which links future digital skills to historic codebreakers such as Alan Turing and sheds light on the intriguing relationship between maths, arts and creativity.”
CityFibre, one of the UK’s leading alternative providers of wholesale full fibre infrastructure,has also sponsored the event. Jean Gowin, CityFibre Manager, Milton Keynes says:
“I am delighted for CityFibre to support the MKIAC’s Digital Light: Code Makers at Bletchley Park. This exciting project provides a great opportunity to contribute to developing next-generation digital skills, working with schools and reaching out to diverse communities. With our full fibre city-wide build underway here in MK, we love nothing more than putting the local community at its heart, and we welcome the chance to excite everyone to the many ways technology can be wonderfully creative.”
The event is free to attend but registration required. Register online at: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/whats-on/digital-light-code-makers-at-bletchley-park