20th August to 30 August 2021


ArtHouses:LOCALwifi was an arts project that invited you to connect with a network of WIFI hotspots, hosted by people living in Whitley Bay. Each hotspot presented a different artwork that you could see by going to the location and viewing it on your phone from the street. It was accesed using our LOCALwifi app and people used its in built map to explore Whitley Bay and guide them to the ten LOCALwifi hotspots.

LOCALwifi Artists are:

*Dawn Felicia Knox
*Fritha Jenkins
*Jen Southern
*Kate Liston
*Lady Kitt
*Lesley Guy & Tom O'Sullivan
*Louise Ashcroft
*Maud Haya-Baviera
*Petra Szemán
*Self Publishing Lab with lots of hands

To see documentation of the work visit the interactive map

How did LOCALwifi work?

LOCALwifi was designed to be viewed using an app that was available for android and iOS mobile devices.

When people had downloaded the app they could go to Whitley Bay and use the map on the app to find the LOCALwifi hotspots. Once they found a hotspot, people connected their phone to the LOCAL wifi network, in their phone settings and pressed the yellow button in the app to view the artwork hosted on the LOCALwifi hotspot.

The video below shows how it works:


Who we are:

The ArtHouses:LOCALwifi team were Sophie Buxton, Rob Smith and Dominic Smith, with software development by Alistair MacDonald and Rob Smith.

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ArtHouses:LOCALwifi was supported by Arts Council England National Lottery Funding, North Tyneside Council and Whitley Bay Big Local