Aphra Shemza | Interactive Light Sculpture Workshop
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Interactive Light Sculpture Workshop

7th & 8th June 2019, 10.30-5pm

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, SW7 2RL

“The content was really good, I learned a lot in a short space of time.”

Come and explore the intersection of sculpture, light and electronics in this two-day workshop led by light artist Aphra Shemza, where you will learn how to make your own interactive light sculpture based on designs from the V&A collection.

Participants will develop invaluable skills in the following areas: prototyping electronics, Arduino programming, soldering, and will keep their creation at the end of the workshop.

No prior knowledge about electronics or Arduino is required. It will start from the basics and leave participants with the skills and confidence to integrate lights and electronics into their artworks.

For Adults 18+. Suitable for beginners. All equipment and materials provided.


Day One:



  • Introduction to Aphra Shemza and interactive art
  • Student introductions
  • Basic electronics and Arduino¬†
  • Soldering and best practice
  • Practical Task One: Solder your header pins onto your Arduino
  • Practical Task Two: Plug your Arduino into your laptop and run a test program
  • Coding Task One


1-2pm: Break



  • Practical Task Three: Wire up sensor to Arduino
  • Practical Task Four: Run test code
  • Practical Task Five: Solder jumper cables onto LED and heat-shrink the connections
  • Practical Task Six: Wire up the LED to the Arduino, upload Library and run the test code
  • Coding Task 2: Alter values in the code to change the LED colours and sequence
  • Introduction of the sculpture making and materials
  • A small walk around the V&A galleries to get some inspiration

Day Two:



  • Introduction to the PCB
  • Practical Task 8: Solder your final circuit together on the PCB
  • Practical Task Seven: Locate and upload interactive code and test
  • Coding Task 3: Adjust the values in the code to personalize it


1-2pm: Break



  • Practical Task Eight: Create your own sculpture using the materials provided
  • Integrate your circuit into the structure
  • Test the final code and make adjustments
  • Photograph your finished creations
  • Design Reviews
  • Next Steps and Q&A session
  • Feedback forms

Images: Interactive light sculptures that the participants made whilst on the workshop.