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A Curious Turn: moving, mechanical sculpture

Five Artists Reflect on their Waning Powers. Paul Spooner, 1983, Limewood, bamboo, Baltic pine, beech, plywood, acrylic paint, steel and brass. Crafts Council Collection, W49. Photo: Todd-White Art Photography.

An exhibition of moving mechanical sculpture

Automata are sculptures which are brought magically to life through a sequence of cogs, cams, cranks and levers. For centuries they have delighted and bewitched people.

A Curious Turn features automata from the leading makers of the last 40 years, ranging from the humorous to the macabre and from the playful to the satirical. We will be previewing 15 objects from this new exhibition at Platform Gallery, Habitat from 15 September - 2 October.

Visitors will be able to turn, push and crank to see many of the pieces in action, while other pieces will have films to show them in motion. Amongst many others some key makers and automata promoters explored in the exhibition are Sam Smith, Paul Spooner, Melanie Tomlinson, Ron Fuller and Sue Jackson.

There will also be a free family-friendly workshop with Fire the Inventor on Saturday 24 September from 2-5pm where you can create your own automata then connect it with others to create a long snaking line of cams, colours and shapes!

The full exhibition will soon be going on tour so watch this space!

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