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.
This timely exhibition explores the resurgence in automata making in the UK and features works by leading makers, including Sam Smith, Paul Spooner, Peter Markey, Ron Fuller, Melanie Tomlinson, and Andy Hazell.
(Image: Egg and Beans by Andy Hazell – photo: Heini Schneebeli).
The exhibition also recognises the pivotal role played by Sue Jackson and Cabaret in the revival of automata in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
There will be a free family-friendly workshop with Fire the Inventor on Saturday 24 September from 2-5pm at the Platform Gallery. Visitors will be able to create their own automata then connect it with others to create a long snaking line of cams, colours and shapes.
We are delighted to be working in association with Crafts Council as exhibition consultants for this show.
Preview Exhibition Dates: 15 September – 2 October
Open during store opening hours (closed Mondays & Tuesdays)
Platform at Habitat,
208 Kings Road,
London SW3 5XP