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A Curious Turn

August 10, 2016 by  

The Crafts Council’s new touring exhibition, A Curious Turn: Moving Mechanical Sculpture will celebrate 40 years of British automata and a preview of the exhibition will open 15 September at Habitat’s King’s Road Platform Gallery as part of London Design Festival before the full exhibition with 40 automata embarks on a two-year nationwide tour.

This timely exhibition explores the resurgence in automata making in the UK and features works by leading makers, including Sam Smith, Paul Spooner, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Melanie Tomlinson, and Andy Hazell.
(Image: Egg and Beans by Andy Hazell – photo: Heini Schneebeli).
The exhibition also recognises the pivotal role played by Sue Jackson and Cabaret in the revival of automata in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

There will be a free family-friendly workshop with Fire the Inventor on Saturday 24 September from 2-5pm at the Platform Gallery. Visitors will be able to create their own automata then connect it with others to create a long snaking line of cams, colours and shapes.

We are delighted to be working in association with Crafts Council as exhibition consultants for this show.

Preview Exhibition Dates: 15 September – 2 October
Open during store opening hours (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Platform at Habitat,
208 Kings Road,
London SW3 5XP

Entrance Free

Summer by Paul Spooner

July 21, 2016 by  

Summer by Paul Spooner We are delighted to offer this seasonal one-off piece from Paul Spooner.

Size (mm) 250H x 200W x 80W

Price £1680

Click here for more images.

Summer by Paul Spooner Summer by Paul Spooner

New Exhibitions in China, Germany & UK

July 21, 2016 by  

We currently have exhibitions in the UK, Germany and China.

We are delighted to announce our first exhibition in China, at the Guang Dong Science Centre in Guangzhou, China. Forty of our CMT automata are included in the brand new Mechanical Moving Toys Exhibition, alongside works from Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, and inspiring workshops and amazing new interactives from Fire the Inventor.

Our Mechanicals exhibition is at Experimenta in Heilbronn, Germany.

Finally, we have been collaborating with the House of Fairytales on their latest exhibition, The Clockwork Garden. It is capturing the imagination of children and adults alike at Quarry Bank Mill National Trust.

See the current exhibitions page for more information on all these shows.

Photo above by Robin Mitchell

Marvellous Mechanica

April 29, 2016 by  

BIg Wave Machine by Peter MarkeyJoin Hole & Corner at London Craft Week as they host an imaginative makers’ space worthy of Heath Robinson in the chapel at dynamic not-for-profit members club The House of St Barnabas in Soho.

Over the course of the week, artists Martin Smith, Nik Ramage and Jim Bond will build a site-specific kinetic installation with a group of emerging Art, Design and Architecture designer-makers from Plymouth University. Visitors over the week can drop in to watch, talk and help build with the teams. Alongside the making, they’ll have a selection of classic automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre’s collection.

3-7 May / 11am-7pm

The Chapel at House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, W1D 4NQ
(Access to the chapel on Manette Street W1D 4AW)

Drop in to watch and make from Tuesday to Thursday with the interactive exhibition open until Sat 7 May
More info

Sad News

April 16, 2016 by  

Sue Jackson
21 December 1938 - 14 April 2016

We are sorry to announce that Sue Jackson, the founder of Cabaret Mechanical Theatre has died suddenly. She was an inspiration to many and will be sorely missed. We plan to create a memorial page when we’ve had time to gather our thoughts.

Please feel free to get in touch via our contact page.

Obituary in The Guardian.

In the meantime, heartfelt thanks to everybody for all the messages of support and memories shared. Some of these can be read on our Facebook post.

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