What’s Coming Up

Sligo Engineering Fair
27 & 28 February 2021
Online cam box workshop for families. Will require components to be collected from Sligo IT College, Sligo, Ireland. More details coming soon.

Bridgewater, Somerset, UK

Crafting Curious Automata
30 July – 1 August 2021

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

Making Automata – mechanisms & kinetic artworks
13 – 19 August 2021
I’ll be back at the beautiful West Dean College during the Summer School to run an automata-making course learning about, and making, basic mechanisms, and playfully experimenting how the mechanical movements can be harnessed for creative effect.

More details from West Dean College

Automata – Mechanical Art
Phoenix Studios is a marvellous, independently run, arts and crafts studios offering classes in a purpose built studio in the heart of Oxfordshire. Stephen is introducing an automata making class. James Ort, who runs the studio, attended Stephen’s workshop at West Dean College last year and thought he would be a hit at Phoenix – so invited him to run two  courses.

Very sadly, both planned workshops (in June and October 2020) have had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 crisis.

At some point, they will be re-instated. At the moment, it is still an open question when this might be.


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