Meet artist Lisa Slater

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Lisa Slater works from a compact but charming studio in Hebden Bridge, deep in the Calder Valley.  Tucked away at the end of a corridor in the Northlight building, her workplace manages to be busily crammed with material and tools, whilst at the same time giving off a sense of calm and order – everything has its place.  There is little colour – Lisa mainly works in natural wood.  But … Read More →

Look what we made in Skipton!

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Jim Bond’s I See You has been following visitors around Marvellous Mechanicals and he kicked off the summer in Skipton with his Chain Reaction workshop. Collectively participants made a moving sculpture: using materials including wood, tape and toilet roll middles, participants had to problem solve their way to a chain reaction – part marble run, part giant dominoes, part demolition derby! Jim also worked with another group of budding artists to make … Read More →

Marvellous Mechanicals at Craven Museum & Gallery

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Come and visit Marvellous Mechanicals at Craven Museum & Gallery!  From Saturday 5th August to Sunday 24th September (opening hours Monday to Saturday 10am – 4pm with a special opening on the last Sunday), Marvellous Mechanicals showcases art that moves, sometimes when you’re not expecting it!

Focus On… Martin Smith

Martin Smith – Applause Machine

Huddersfield based, Martin Smith, describes himself as, “an Artist who makes things that are usually kinetic but not always moving.” The movement element is important to Martin as it allows him an additional dimension to play with in the creation of his work. And his art work is that, playful, and humorous but also beautiful and sometimes a little dark. The themes he is currently exploring include love, celebration and money. … Read More →

Workshops coming soon at Catterick Library!

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Marvellous Mechanicals is moving to Catterick Library soon! Workshops this autumn at Catterick Library We had a lot of fun in Craven Museum & Gallery, Skipton this summer- you can find out more here.  There’s plenty to look at and touch in the exhibition: join us for an informal opening on the morning of Saturday 30 September at Catterick Library – drum along with Nik Ramage’s ‘Fingers’, look Jim Bond’s … Read More →

Coming soon to Craven Museum & Gallery!

Join us on Saturday 5 August to celebrate the opening of Marvellous Mechanicals at the next stop on the tour, Craven Museum & Gallery in Skipton. Join our mailing list (on the Home page) or check back here soon for more details about the opening and exciting workshops with exhibition artists Nik Ramage and Jim Bond.

Come and make a Bubble Machine with artist Martin Smith

Come and see a taster of our new exhibition and make your own simple moving device. Renowned automata artist Martin Smith makes kinetic devices, often with a humorous element.  Martin will lead a Bubble Machine workshop, suitable for families at The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave on Friday 2 June 2017, 1-3pm. This event is part of North Yorkshire Open Studios– book by emailing [email protected] or calling 01756 748529. Cost: £10 family ticket

Marvellous Mechanicals

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1 June– 11 June, 10.30am – 5.30pm then touring The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave Come and enjoy a taste of our new exhibition, a celebration of the makers and tinkerers who explore movement in their art. Featuring a range of sculptures, from beautifully simple wooden automata to bespoke machines and homemade robotics, Marvellous Mechanicals will engage and inspire all ages. Our first exhibition in the new series of Art Unpacked exhibitions is opening … Read More →

Make a Bubble Machine with artist Martin Smith

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BUBBLE MACHINE WORKSHOP Friday 2nd June 2017, 1-3pm The Art Depot, Eshton Road, Gargrave Renowned automata artist Martin Smith makes kinetic devices, often with a humorous element.  Martin will lead a Bubble Machine workshop, suitable for families. This event is part of North Yorkshire Open Studios– book by emailing [email protected] or calling 01756 748529. Cost: £10 family ticket