Introduction to Spark AR

Creating augmented reality face filters with Will Hurt and 1525 Collective

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Open to all 15–25 year olds.


10th November 2019

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3:00PM – 6:30PM


Nottingham Contemporary,

Weekday Cross,




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Open to all 15–25 year olds.

Explore virtual role-play by making a Bauhaus-inspired face filter for Instagram in this Spark AR workshop with Near Now Fellow Will Hurt and 1525 Collective.

Nottingham Contemporary's current exhibition title, Still Undead, is borrowed from a 1982 song by the British band Bauhaus, suggesting that these spirits linger on, neither dead nor alive. The Bauhaus spirit is one of collective experimentation and engagement with technology of the time – constantly striving for the ‘modern’. Learn how artists become early adopters of new processes; subverting and co-opting technology for their own use.

  • BRING YOUR OWN LAPTOP* with Spark AR Studio installed download from
  • BRING YOUR OWN Android / iOS Smartphone with the latest version of Instagram installed.

*If this is not possible, we have a limited number of laptops available, please email to reserve.

Will Hurt

Will Hurt is best known for his brightly coloured, playful, digital interactives which cater to people of all ages and abilities and respond to the geometry of the physical sites they are installed in, abstracting and re-presenting local architecture and landscape. These site-specific interactives bring people together, forging connections and affording them a moment to play, leaving them with lasting memories of novel playful experiences and a new appreciation of their locality. 

Through the Near Now Fellowship, Will aims to explore the creation of new digital tools and experiences to engage people in modes of creative play that are interactive, constructive and shareable.

Broadway’s Near Now Fellowship is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

1525 Collective

1525 Collective (formerly known as Collabor8) is a group of young people that meet up regularly at Nottingham Contemporary. They shape and help run programmes of events, courses and projects, developing useful skills along the way. Their ambition is to connect with people across the city, develop new and exciting ways of working together, and to take on the issues that matter to young people. We want to hear from you. As part of the group you can develop your own creative practice and knowledge of the arts sector, and build your collaborative and leadership skills and experiences.

Nottingham Contemporary's youth programme is kindly funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Thomas Farr Charity.

Will Hurt