Civic Street

A project focused on creating inclusive and vibrant public space

Civic Play Workshop – Call for Participants

We are looking for applicants to participate in a free two day interactive lighting workshop led by Jen Sykes and Elie Lakin at Civic House on August 18th and 19th. If you are interested in participating please fill out the google form here:


About the workshop:

This exciting interactive workshop will draw on the past use of the Civic House site as a play park, reintroducing the activity of play back to this area through the medium of light.

Using creative coding to create responsive lighting sequences we will explore ways in which the space can be transformed into being a place of recreation and sanctuary once again. We will aim to improve the area of public realm, reinforcing the existing pedestrian and cycle links and, in doing so, have a positive impact on many journeys across the city.

Over the course of two days you will gain the coding skills to create a spatial and interactive site-specific light experience that we will then take outside and test in the Civic House exterior public space.


NB: No previous coding experience is required. We will be working on personal laptops and encourage users to bring their own. However, if this is an issue we are happy to provide a laptop on loan and this shouldn’t be a barrier to participation.

Participants must be 16+


Jen Sykes

Jen Sykes is an artist, designer and lecturer based in Glasgow, Scotland. Having graduated from the MFA in Computational Arts at Goldsmiths University of London in 2012, her work spans creative computing, sculpture and electronic hardware designs often connecting the physical analog and digital worlds. Her work at the Creative Coding Institute, UAL, London focuses on communicating errors and patterns to creative practitioners exploring computer programming as a material for creative expression.


She develops her own circuits and hardware as well as frequently fabricating sensors, interfaces and interactive installations for other artists and designers. Recent commissions include the BBC, Glasgow International Visual Art Festival, Sonica Festival and Cryptic.


Alongside Jen’s research she is a lecturer in Physical Computing and Creative Coding, teaching internationally at the Glasgow School of Art, The Danish Royal Academy of Art and Design and Umeå Institute of Design, Sweden and The University of the Arts, London.


Elie Lakin

Elie is a Glasgow-based multidisciplinary artist and co-founder of Unit Studio, an art and design studio whose work explores the crossover between site-specific art, architecture and interaction design. Her work often embodies digital technologies and is both active or interactive, taking local environmental or human behavioural inputs to create responsive overlays to physical spaces. Elie originally trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture and is particularly interested in activating the public realm to reinforce positive relationships with both urban and rural settings.


Elie has delivered a wide range of public projects for clients such as the University of Wolverhampton, Toronto Transit Commission, Alder Hey Hospital, Tridel Corporation, Network Rail and the National Children’s Hospital, Dublin. Her work is diverse ranging from permanent civic space architectural interventions and projects that engage the broader public sphere, to smaller pieces such as exhibition and set design, and installations within gallery spaces. 


Elie continues to be involved with undergraduate course tutoring at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London.