Exhibitions from 2002 to 2007
Mechanics Alive!! in Bangkok
Mechanics Alive!! was officially opened by Her Royal Highness Princess Siriwanwaree Nareeratana of Thailand. The exhibition is proving to be a real crowd pleaser.
Mechanics Alive!! in Seoul
This first ever Korean tour has been organised by our colleague Min Kyoung Cho, at UTOSPACE. Cho has been a tremendous fan of CMT since she first saw our exhibition at the Oxo Gallery in London 3 years ago.
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre & The Ride of Life at Kinetica
6th April to 5th May 2007
Kinetica Museum Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6AA
Come and see this fantastic new exhibition with over 80 pieces of automata from the past 28 years of CMT, featuring the work of 19 artists, including Paul Spooner, Arthur Ganson, Ron Fuller, Peter Markey, Tim Hunkin and Carlos Zapata.
Tim Hunkin’s Chiropodist will be on hand to treat your tired feet, and we also have the last remaining scene from the Ride of Life.
Mechanics Alive!! in Singapore
The exhibition is part of iFutures a celebration of new technologies in Singapore. CMT’s automata are used to introduce a pre-digital and artistic element to the exhibition.
There are a series of workshops planned using our Designing Automata Kit.
‘Mechanical Magic’ in Scunthorpe
Until 23rd September 2006 our Touring Exhibition Mechanics Alive!! is part of a new automata exhibition at the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre.
Also featuring the work of Johnny White, Martin Smith, Carlos Zapata, Andy Hazel, Tom Wilkinson, Ian Mckay, John Lumbus and Robert Race.
St John’s Church
USA Exhibit continues at Science Station – Iowa
Update: Exhibition extended until September 2006
Monday – Closed
Tuesday through Thursday – 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Friday & Saturday – 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday – 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM
427 First St. S.E.
IA 52402-1808 – USA
Cabaret Mechanics – Xmas Show in London
Join us for our annual exhibition and programme of workshops.
8th December ’05 to 2nd January ’06
(Closed 25th, 26th December)
Open Daily 11 a.m. To 6 pm
(Dec 24th and 31st, 11a.m. To 3 pm)
We have a fantastic exhibition of over 60 pieces of automata, many original works and some new pieces from Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Carlos Zapata, Martin Smith, Matt Smith and Tim Hunkin.
Come and press the buttons and turn the handles to bring the pieces to life, start to understand the ingenious mechanisms that make them work, and then have a go at making your own.
‘Magie Mécanique’ Exhibition – Besançon, France
Our touring exhibition travels to France this winter to:
Musée du Temps
4 place Granvelle
26th Nov 2005 – 8th January 2006
You can see thirty original works by Paul Spooner, Keith Newstead, Ron Fuller, Peter Markey and Michael Howard.
USA Tour Moves to Science Museum of Minnesota
Our USA touring exhibit Amazing Amusing Machines, (last seen at Exploratorium, San Francisco, summer 2004) is scheduled to delight the crowds at the Science Museum of Minnesota from 19th Oct. 2005 until Jan 2006.
Start to understand the mechanics behind the pieces, as CMT’s Barecats guide you through this fascinating exhibition with their simple explanations and amusing insights.
You will want to try making your own – help is at hand!
November 3 & 5 Create Your Own Automata!
Cabaret Mechanical Theater Workshops
Join Sue Jackson and Sarah Alexander, automata artists and curators of Cabaret Mechanical Theater, for a workshop exploring the world and construction of Automata (mechanical puppets).
Adult Automata Workshop
Thursday, November 3; 7-9 p.m.
Family Automata Workshop
Saturday, November 5; 1-3 p.m.
UK Touring Exhibition – Mechanics Alive!!
Our Touring Exhibition Mechanics Alive!! can be seen at Bedales Gallery from 28th September. Come and have fun, and understand the mechanics of some of your favourite pieces. Artists include Paul Spooner, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Keith Newstead and Carlos Zapata – with many pieces from the original collection.
28th Sept to 19th Oct 2005
Mon – Fri 2 – 5pm, Sat 10am – 1pm
CMT Automata at Dublin Robot Show
We are delighted to show six of our favourite pieces of Paul Spooner’s automata, including Manet’s Olympia, as part of Save the Robots a major exhibition and festival at The Ark, Dublin’s Cultural Centre for Children. The exhibition celebrates the astonishing world of artificial humans and mechanical beasts.
22nd June to 30th Sept. 2005
The Ark, 11a Eustace Street, Dublin
Cabaret Mechanical Christmas in December ’04
CMT returned to London
9th December ’04 to 3rd January 2005
We celebrated the return of our original collection to the UK, inicluding Paul Spooner’s Manet’s Olympia and The Flight into Egypt, Keith Newstead’s Junkas Giles Agriplane, Peter Markey’s early wave machines, and Ron Fuller’s Circus.
Oxo Tower Wharf
Exhibition in Paris – Dec. ’04
‘Jeux d’Automates – créations animées pour petits et grands’
5th November – 5th December 2004
Musée des Automates
Hôtel Arturo Lopez
12, rue du Centre
Featured work from:
Keith Newstead, Peter Markey, Carlos Zapata, Matt Smith, Paul Spooner, Nikki Taylor and Martin Smith, as well as French artist Andre Demoulin.
Paul Spooner – A Day at the Butchers – Sep. ’04
This was a rare chance to see a gathering of Spooner’s work. The last solo exhibition was ‘Scenes from Everyday Life’ in 1993, (Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Covent Garden).
Inspired by the collection of model butcher’s shops in the Museum of Childhood, London, most of Spooner’s new mechanical works feature small buildings, carved and painted meat and the figure of the butcher – a man prepared to take care of the sticky business that many of us shy away from…
September 20th – September 25th 2004
Gallery 27 – 27 Cork Street, London W1
Talk: Paul Spooner gave a talk and guided tour of the exhibition at 3 pm on Thursday 23rd September. Article: An article on Paul Spooner and the new show was in The Observer (Sun. 5th Sep.). You can read it without the pictures here.
CMT at the Exploratorium, San Francisco
We were delighted to take part in this summer’s ‘Tinkering!’ event at the Exploratorium in San Franscisco with an exhibition of 25 pieces of automata. The exhibition included Keith Newstead’s ‘All Weather Cycle’ and his wonderful Eclipse machine, as well as many 14 Balls favourites like the Goat in the Bath and the Council Counsellor (above).
Read about and see some pictures of Keith Newstead’s visit to the Exploratorium in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Cabaret Mechanical Festival – Dec ’03
The Festival ran from December 17th 2003 to January 11th 2004 at the.gallery@oxo (Oxo Tower Wharf, London) and was a great success.
The Festival was a spectacular exhibition of automata with talks, workshops, demonstrations and retail area. You can listen to a BBC Radio Four feature on the festival on Woman’s Hour
Exhibition News: Automata!
We were delighted to welcome over 25,000 visitors at our Touring Exhibition, Automata! this summer. With over 50 pieces of automata from Paul Spooner and Matt Smith (Fourteen Ball Toy Co), Keith Newstead, Carlos Zapata, Peter Markey and Martin Smith, Automata! is the most popular exhibition that the Royal Pump Rooms have ever had.
Automata Exhibition – Out of the Box! – Dec ’02
Celebrating 20 years of contemporary automata from Cabaret Mechanical Theatre. Thanks to everyone who supported us by visiting our this show – it was a great success.
The Air Gallery
9th December – 14th December 2002
32, Dover Street, London W1
Featured artists: Paul Spooner, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Carlos Zapata, Martin Smith, and Keith Newstead. Rodney Peppe wil be signing his new book, ‘Automta and Mechanical Toys’ on Tuesday 10th December 2-3pm
Previous exhibitions: from 2008.
Please note that all of the shows listed above are now closed. Take a look at our current shows to see what’s on now.