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Please note that all of the shows listed below are now closed. Take a look at our current shows to see what’s on now. Previous exhibitions: from 2008.

Exhibitions from 2002 to 2007

Mechanics Alive!! in Bangkok

July 26th – September 30th 2007
Thailand Creative and Design Center, 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

April 12th – May 19th 2007
Seongnam Arts Center, Seoul, Korea
23rd May until 30th June 2007
Chungmu Art Hall, Seoul, Korea

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

December 10th 2006 – March 22nd 2007
Singapore Science Centre

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
Church Square
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6TB

USA Exhibit continues at Science Station – Iowa

Update: Exhibition extended until September 2006
Opening Hours:
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

Science Station
427 First St. S.E.
Cedar Rapids,
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)
Admission Free

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

spageater.jpgOur touring exhibition travels to France this winter to:

Musée du Temps
4 place Granvelle
25000 Besançon

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

goat at the piano

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

Admission Free

Bedales Gallery
Church Road
GU32 2DG

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
Bargehouse Street

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
92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine

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 (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.

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