Interactive Light Art Workshop


16th - 17th March 2019


47/49 Tanner Street SE1 3PL


Internationally renowned light artist Aphra Shemza and programmer Jamie Howard are coming back in January with their Interactive Light Art Workshop. Partnering with Ugly Duck, the team will provide a hands-on two day workshop where participants will learn how to create a sound reactive light sculpture.

Not only will each participant walk away with a stunning interactive sculpture, they will also develop invaluable skills in the following areas: soldering, basic micro-electronics, prototyping on a breadboard, testing components, circuit integration, Arduino and Arduino programming in C++.

Although no prior knowledge about electronics or Arduino is required participants must be over 18, have manual dexterity and competent computer literacy. This workshop is challenging but rewarding. It will start from the basics and leave participants with the skills and confidence to integrate electronics into their projects in the future.

Materials for the workshops included in the price:

1. Custom made Perspex sculpture
2. Individually Addressable LED tape
3. Arduino Nano equivalent
4. USB cable
5. Microphone
6. PCB
7. Capacitor
8. Resistors
9. Wire Materials above including soldering irons and wire cutters etc…

Participants must bring a laptop with them 

About Aphra Shemza

Aphra Shemza is a London based multimedia artist working with light, abstraction and interactivity. Academically she has been published in Tate Etc. magazine and given talks at Tate Britain, the Courtauld Institute and EVA 2017, to name but a few. Public Commissions include; Seconds Pass, commissioned by Save the Children and Glaxosmithkline, 2018, Post Truth and Beauty, commissioned by Morley College, 2017 and Hearts Beats of Cristal commissioned by Champagne Louis Roederer and exhibited in the Shard 2016-2017.

In 2016 she was head-hunted by the Art Academy ( and created a new syllabus for the Kinetic Art Diploma alongside artist Tom Wilkinson. She now teaches this course every year. Shemza has a background in the arts having co-founded FLUX Events, an artist led organisation, running talks, exhibitions and community projects ( and having worked as Studio Manager for Amrita Jhaveri and Kinetica Museum in the past.

About Jamie Howard

Jamie Howard is a programmer who has worked on a variety of interactive projects for artists and studios such as The Mill; utilising an array of technologies and programming languages working with microcontrollers, real-time audio and 3D graphics. Jamie also has a degree in Computer Science from City University where he studied the effects of games as therapy and was featured in the Made@City Show. He has worked on implementing technology within an architectural firm, creating and designing multiple websites, and organised and installed a variety of installations