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UK-wide arts event, Unboxed: Creativity in the UK, taking place throughout 2022

Unboxed: Creativity in the UK is taking place online and across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 2022.

unboxed creativity in the uk

The UK is putting on a major arts event called Unboxed: Creativity in the UK, taking place online and across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales in 2022.

Unboxed is a UK-wide programme of live events and digital experiences, produced by some of the greatest minds in science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM).

Celebrating creativity in the UK, Unboxed will offer free large-scale events, installations and accessible digital experiences from March 1 to October 2, 2022.

Unboxed is supported by the four governments of the UK and is commissioned and delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council, Creative Wales and EventScotland.

Martin Green, chief creative officer of Unboxed, said the project is “the UK’s biggest and most ambitious public creative programme to date”.


unboxed creativity in the uk

“Unboxed represents an unprecedented, timely opportunity for people to come together across the UK and beyond, taking part in awe-inspiring projects that speak to who we are while exploring the ideas that will define our futures,” Green said.

The programme kicks off in March with About Us, with audiences immersed in 13.8 billion years of history through innovative projection mapping technology combined with poetry, music and science.

Dandelion is a Scotland-wide project featuring Unexpected Gardens, vertical farms and free music events, a reimagining of the annual harvest festival for the 21st century.

During Dreamachine, audiences in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast will be immersed in sound and light in an artwork that must be experienced with closed eyes.

GALWAD: A story from our future will be a story set 30 years in the future, shared across TV drama, digital platforms and live events at three Welsh locations.

Tour de Moon

unboxed creativity in the uk

20,000 people are being invited to develop enormous outdoor artworks for Green Space Dark Skies by lighting up some of the UK’s landscapes to create online experiences.

Our Place in Space will be a scale version of the solar system, staged across 10km sculptural trails in Northern Ireland and Cambridge.

PoliNations will be a massive forest garden of living plants and architectural trees in Birmingham, celebrating the global origins of the UK’s plants and population.

SEE MONSTER will turn a decommissioned North Sea offshore platform into an immersive public art installation and celebration of British weather in Weston-super-Mare.

AR, new developments in 3D internet technology and young creatives will shape StoryTrails, one of the most ambitious living history and archive projects ever tackled.

About Us

unboxed creativity in the uk

Finally, Tour de Moon will be a festival of nightlife inspired by the Moon travelling in convoy around England with a goal to imagine better futures for young people.

“The programme will support economic recovery in the UK by reanimating towns and cities and expanding our connectivity through new online communities,” said Vikki Heywood, board chair for Unboxed.

“As the programme unfolds, it will both entertain us and inspire us to imagine what the future might hold by combining the creative powers of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.”

Images: Unboxed

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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