‘Astonishing’ giant 3D printed sculptures are coming to York in first event of its kind in Britain

A sculpture by Matthew Plummer Fernandez, whose work will be a big part of the fest

Huge 3D printed sculptures installed across York – just one of the mind-boggling things coming our way as part of the York Mediale.

York Mediale

Across York

September 27-October 6

More details

The first details have been revealed about what we can expect from Britain’s one and only new media arts festival, which runs for ten days this autumn.

One of the most eye-catching installations will be the 3D sculptures created by British-Colombian artist Matthew Plummer Fernandez.

He has an international reputation for pushing computer modelling to its limits. Through an eight-month residency with city company Fluxaxis, he will be using large-scale 3D printing technology to create works seen first in York.

Starry art

Also today, more details have emerged about the exhibition coming to York Art Gallery as part of the Mediale – Strata, Rock, Dust, Stars.

This will feature new media and interactive artwork exploring how the layers under the Earth’s surface have shaped our world.

Works in the exhibition, from September 27 until January 6, will come from German artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis, Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa and British video duo Semiconductor.

So what exactly is York Mediale? Over to festival director Tom Higham:

York Mediale is a brand-new festival for York – and indeed, the UK – providing a city-wide showcase for leading international digital artists and the best emerging media art talent from the UK and across the globe.

We will be exhibiting exciting work from visionary artists, and introducing young people – from primary school to university students – to a whole range of exciting opportunities

Looking to the future

Future Fires, working with young creatives

York Mediale’s final programme is set to include exhibitions, installations, live performances, workshops, presentations and symposia.

Performances are planned at venues from the National Centre for Early Music to The Crescent Community Venue.

Another aim of the festival is to create sustainable, on-going activity all year round. Already underway, the Future Fires programme – run by York St John University and Contact Theatre – is working with young people to help them bring their creative ideas to life.

This Connection Should Make Us Suspect by Liz Orton, one of the artists coming to York Art Gallery

And it is hoped the event will bring lasting benefits, particularly in the city’s technology and gaming sectors.

“We also want to offer as many personal, professional and creative development opportunities that we can to young people from our universities and from the wider community, who are inspired by and interested in what can be achieved when art and technology are brought together,” said Tom.

“We aim to make York a place to start things, try things, experiment and create with impact.”