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Curious Contraptions at the Exploratorium

November 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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

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

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
East Sussex
BN27 1RN

Admission Charges: Adults £8. Children £6.15. Concessions and Family Tickets also available.

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

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

Banana Boat

Finding the Value

July 2, 2014 by · Comments Off 

In 2011 Peter Madsen left his estate to York Museum’s Trust. Amongst is bequest was his art collection. Finding the Value is an exhibition in which commissioned artists respond to items from the collection and open up questions of the inheritance of cultural values.

Artist Simon Venus has created a mechanical tableaux for the exhibition.

Simon Venus describes Passed On as a eulogy, or tribute, to Peter and Karen Madsen. Items from their collection are arranged in three animated tableaux, which play with the dramas of life, death, identity, depiction and portraiture in miniature theatre dioramas.

Passed On explores mortality and transition in both the spiritual and secular worlds. A triptych, referencing religious altarpieces that often included ‘donor’ portraits to commemorate individuals and their families, there are also elements of ‘Cabinets of Curiosities’ with their usually tightly packed, eclectic mix of interestingly labelled objects.

The artist was intrigued by the fact that the collection was given quietly, with no meeting between the donors and York Museums Trust, accompanied simply by a solicitor’s letter and a second, personal letter from Peter Madsen. The importance of these letters in the transfer of the collection from private to public ownership features in the central tableau.

4th July – 2 November 2014
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Free admission

York St. Mary’s

CMT in Greenwich

December 2, 2013 by · Comments Off 

Automata WorkshopExhibition and Workshops 12th December to 22nd Feb 2014.

We still have a few places left in our workshop programme for our current exhibition in Greenwich. Come and have fun at our Family Workshop on 19th February, or join in our end of show automata-making afternoon on 22nd February. Our full day automata-making workshop (25th January) is currently full, but we have a waiting list.

To book places and for more information click here:-

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