What’s Coming Up

Family Weekender, Royal Docks, London
30&31 October 2021 – 11am – 4pm, both days.

The Ensemble Mechanical Workshop is coming out to play for the Royal Docks Family Weekender event, part of their eclectic two week long Originals Festival. There will be other creative workshops, music, dance, an exhibition and more, all free, all conveniently surrounding the small dock at Royal Albert Wharf.  Plus Spice Namaste’s star food.
Location: Royal Albert Wharf, E16 2GT. Nearest station Gallions Reach.

Sligo Science Festival and Science Week 2021

6 – 14 November 2021.

We’re thrilled to be back at the Sligo Science Festival again, this time in person, and with more activities:
Crank Pot Machine Art Workshops – Saturday 6/11
The Power of Levers – Sunday 6/11
Cam Box workshops for schools 7/11, 8/11.

Surreal Automata – weird and curious moving sculptures
30 January – 2 February 2022
I’ll be back at the grand and sumptuous West Dean College running an automata-making course with a nod to Edward James, West Dean’s benefactor. The nod is towards James’ obsession with surrealism and the surrealists. So as we learn about making mechanisms, we’ll be seeing what weird, creepy, striking assemblages can be made to move.

More details from West Dean College 

Bridgewater, Somerset, UK

Crafting Curious Automata
29-31 July 2022 (note this course was originally planned for 2020, but due to Covid has been postponed until 2022)

Three day automata-making course at the superb new Clayhill Arts, in the lovely Somerset countryside. Explore the creative possibilities of mechanisms, learn some basics about how they work and how to make them, and build your own automaton.

More details from Clayhill Arts


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