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A Curious Turn tour dates

January 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Wolverhampton Art GalleryThe eagerly anticipated tour of the Crafts Council’s exhibition, A Curious Turn, begins at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Exhibition Dates: 18th Feb 2017 to 21st May 2017. Links: Crafts Council and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
The show will then tour the UK:
  • 8th Jul – 2nd Sep 2017, Gallery Oldham
  • 15 Sep – 19 Nov 2017, Derby Museum and Art Gallery
  • 1 Dec 2017 – 1 Mar 2018, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
  • 10 Mar – 20 May 2018, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Devon
  • 26 May – 19 Aug 2018, Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner
Thinking Chair by Arthur Ganson

Thinking Chair by Arthur Ganson

For information about other shows see the current exhibitions
page.

Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium

November 15, 2016 by · Comments Off 

ExploratoriumOur latest touring exhibition, Curious Contraptions will be at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, from 17th November to Jan 29th 2017.
The exhibition features work from 15 different artists, both from the UK and USA and a series of automata making workshops will accompany the exhibition.

To learn more about this exciting event, visit the Curious Contraptions Website

Exploratorium
Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green St)
San Francisco,
CA 94111, USA

17th Nov 2016 to 29th Jan 2017. Admissions charges apply.

Paul Spooner by Carlos Zapata Exploratorium

A Curious Turn

August 10, 2016 by · 3 Comments 

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.
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New Exhibitions in China, Germany & UK

July 21, 2016 by · Comments Off 

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 · Comments Off 

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

The Mechanicals at The Observatory

June 8, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Three Physical Jerks by Paul SpoonerThe Mechanicals exhibition is at The Observatory Science Centre until 31st August 2015.

The Observatory Science Centre
Herstmonceux
Hailsham
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

Admission Charges: Adults £8. Children £6.15. Concessions and Family Tickets also available.
http://www.the-observatory.org/temporary-exhibitions

The Misplaced Museum

March 18, 2015 by · Comments Off 

The Misplaced MuseumThe Misplaced Museum
until March 28th 2015

Six of our automata exhibits are enchanting visitors at the House of Fairytales latest exhibition in Kingston-upon-Thames.

Free Entry: Tues – Sat 11am – 5pm / Wed Late – 7pm
The Stanley Picker Gallery,
Kingston School of Art,
Knights Park,
Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2QJ

http://houseoffairytales.org/the-misplaced-museum/

Novelty Automation

January 28, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The new London arcade of home-made coin operated machines built by enthusiasts – opens February 11th 2015 (twinned with ‘The Under The Pier Show’ seaside arcade)

Tim Hunkin’s new arcade of slot machines, including some old favourites from CMT’s Covent Garden days -The Frisker, Test Your Nerve and The Chiropodist.
Novelty Automation is a mix of humour and engineering. It’s a new home for Tim Hunkin’s arcade machines, with some guest machines made by kindred spirits.

1a Princeton St, London WC1R 4AX

Opening hours – (from Wednesday Feb 11th):
Wednesday 11am – 6pm
Thursday 11am – 7pm
Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 11am – 6pm

See more information on the Novelty Automation Website

Mechanicals at Wilton’s Music Hall

January 28, 2015 by · Comments Off 

Mechanicals at Wilton'sOur Mechanicals exhibition will be at Wiltons Music Hall from 12th to 17th February, as part of a series of making events with Fire the Inventor, for adults and children.

12th – 13th February Making Nights, with wine and music.
14th February, Exhibition and Family Workshop
16th February and 17th February Half Term fun and Family Workshop.

Fire The InventorWilton’s Music Hall

Wilton’s Music Hall is in Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

The Nutcracker: Christmas at Mottisfont

November 24, 2014 by · Comments Off 

Some of our automata are appearing at Mottisfont, National Trust, as part of their Nutcracker Christmas event.

Saturday 29 November – Sunday 4 January 2015

Start your visit with a peek into a twinkling Christmas party, then ascend the staircase to the sound of ticking clocks, to enter the dream mechanical world of the Nutcracker. Have a go operating life-size puppets and all sorts of weird and wonderful automata from the famous Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Beautiful little lantern theatres reveal more of the story. Watch out for the exciting battle between the Mouse King and the toy soldiers before heading out to the gardens to explore the Land of Snow and ice and land of Sweets.

Mottisfont – National Trust
near Romsey
Hampshire

Banana Boat

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