Historic MKIAC event wows huge crowd

Islamic art celebrated at Digital Light Code Makers event at Bletchley Park.

Alarge crowd enjoyed a spectacular Digital Light Code Makers event at Bletchley Park organised by Milton Keynes Islamic Arts and Culture.

Bletchley Park opened late on March 6 to host the digital light projection on its iconic Mansion, as well as an installation in its atmospheric grounds.

The event was a collaboration between MKIAC, Bletchley Park, digital and calligraphy artists and a whole host of local community groups and schools.

The project was devised by Anouar Kassim MBE, from MKIAC, to celebrate the codes, patterns and symbols in mathematics and Islamic art.

He said: “The event was so successful, we had over 980 people in attendance and young people from schools, MK College and communities contributed to the art design workshops.

“This was a team effort to celebrate how Islamic arts, culture and heritage played a part through early civilization in the creation of algebra.

“The study of algebra – the name of which is derived from the Arabic word meaning completion or ‘reunion of broken parts’ – flourished during the Islamic golden age.

“Perhaps one of the most significant advances made by Arabic mathematics began at this time with the work of al-Khwarizmi, namely the beginnings of algebra.”

Speakers included BPT CEO Iain Standen, MK Mayor Sam Crooks, Countess Elizabeth Howe (Patron of MKIAC), Professor Salim al Hassani (creator of 1001 Muslim Inventions and Heritage), Professor Kamal Bechkoum (Future of Coding and Digital Skills) and Terry Adams from Arts Council England.

Adrian Smith, Director and Chief Executive of The Alan Turing Institute, said: “We are pleased to see the emergence of this project which links future digital skills to historic codebreakers such as Alan Turing and sheds light on the intriguing relationship between maths, arts and creativity.”

Find out more about the amazing projects MKIAC is involved in by visiting http://www.mkiac.org. You can also follow them on Twitter and Instagram @MKIAC

This feature was published in the April 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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