Summer Workshop: Automata Constructions

  • Sat 8 September 2018
  • 10 am

10 am – 4 pm

Learn all about kinetic art in this hands-on experimental workshop that will introduce and explore the low-tech creative power of cams and cranks which are powered by hand.

Learn how to construct a basic cam and crankshaft mechanism using pre-made wood and metal components. This will form a creative springboard from which you can design and construct your own kinetic artwork or automaton. Inventiveness, humour and experimentation are encouraged, and creative ideas will be sparked by playing around with the movements and harnessing their intrinsic characteristics.

You will have the opportunity to learn how to use a range of tools, such as a pillar drill and scroll saw. Ticket price includes all materials, however participants are also welcome to bring their own tools and any materials, objects or bits of junk that could be used in the artwork.

This workshop is suitable for ages 18 + and for all abilities, subject to a basic competence in using hand tools. Please contact if you have any queries.

Tickets £130, including lunch at Roth Bar & Grill About Stephen Guy The workshop is run by Stephen Guy. Stephen has worked with automata for many years including for the legendary Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. He specialises in devising and running kinetic art workshops, and developing interactive exhibits and educational resources for science festivals, museums, galleries, schools and colleges. He is based in London. Most recently he has been commissioned to make pieces for the Crafts Council, Compton Verney Art Gallery, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Warwick University, and he led a community project to build an outdoor wind sculpture at Hackney City Farm. He works with numerous schools, has taught at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, and run workshops at Tower Bridge, the Design Museum, Peckham Theatre, and many science festivals including in Abu Dhabi.

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