Pardhan Gond artists Venkat Shyam & Rajendra Shyam experiment working on a collaborative kinetic sculpture with Fire the Inventor at the Tate Exchange, London, June 2018.

Fire the Inventor runs practical automata or mechanical toy workshops for schools, colleges, science centres, museums and special events.

  • The workshops combine art, science and technology
  • Workshop are accompanied with a collection of moving toys and automata for inspiration, context and study
  • Participants learn about the science of basic mechanisms and linkages while letting their artistic imaginations run free
  • A crib sheet is available for those needing  to quickly get up to speed with the basics of cogs, cams and linkages.

Fire the Inventor designs mechanical interactives for exhibitions and learning, is an exhibition consultant and supplies educational kits.

In the language of educators, Fire the Inventor is about adding a missing ‘A’ to STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics – STEAM).

Fire the Inventor encourages a hands-on making, crafting, inventing, tinkering and repairing culture, and giving ourselves the time and opportunity to play around with a bunch of materials and (re)discover our creativity.







Tim Hunkin
Engineer, cartoonist, broadcaster, artist. and creator of Channel Four’s “The Secret Life of Machines”. Wikipedia Biography of Tim Hunkin


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