What’s Coming Up

Automata – Mechanical Art Workshop
25th – 26th September 2021 [FULLY BOOKED]

Phoenix Studios is a small and rather perfect arts and crafts studios, set uniquely amidst a meadow, pond and roaming chickens. It offers
a range of classes in purpose built studios and outdoor marquees in the heart of Oxfordshire, UK.
James Ort, who runs the studio, attended an automata workshop at West Dean College run by Stephen, a happy experience that led him to invite Stephen to run two courses at Phoenix. This is the second one.

Over to Phoenix Studios for more details about the courses.

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:
CrankPot Machine Art Workshops
The Power of Levers
Cam Box workshops for schools.
More details to follow…

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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