A mechanical menagerie of artistic inventions features in a new exhibition at Craven Gallery in Skipton Town Hall this summer.
The exhibition ‘Marvellous Mechanicals’ opens on August 4 and runs until September 24, 2017.
It brings together a collection of ingenious moving sculptures, created by five of the UK’s best inventors, makers and tinkerers who all explore movement in their artworks.
The exhibition is hands-on and invites visitors to interact with the objects on display; to turn a handle, drop a coin or wave a hand.
The moving sculptures, from beautifully simple wooden automata to bespoke robotics, reveal their makers’ curiosity about the world around them.
Danielle Daglan, Programming & Venue Development Manager at Craven District Council, said: “We’re delighted to bring this fascinating exhibition to Skipton Town Hall. We’re always on the look-out for new and exciting work and this powerful collection of sculptures is bound to intrigue visitors and spark their imaginations.
“We’re also planning to showcase some interesting mechanical pieces from our own Craven Museum collections alongside the exhibition, and we’re offering people the chance to come along to a number of free workshops where they can get involved and create their very own marvellous mechanical structures – a great activity for children in the summer holidays.”
There will be a free artist workshop with Jim Bond on August 5, from 11am to 12.30pm, followed by free family-friendly drop-in workshops every Thursday from August 10th to 31st, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
The works in the exhibition include I See You – a mechanical glass eye set in brass, which follows visitors around the room, created by artist Jim Bond.
The Potting Shed, created from hand-carved wood by artist Lisa Slater, is a playful imagining of a traditional potting shed, allowing visitors to turn the handle and make the bird and mouse swirl.
Another work, Fingers, is an eternally tapping copy of mechanical sculptor Nik Ramage’s hand which impatiently drums its fingers.
The Cache Machine, created by Martin Smith, is a kinetic sculpture that adds rhythm and irony to the tradition of hiding coins in a safe place. The machine comes to life when a coin is inserted.
Mappings, by Balint Bolygo, is a sculptural installation on the theme of scientific exploration, discovery, astronomy and creation of maps, charts and globes.
Exhibition Curator Grace Whowell said: “These moving machines reveal their makers’ interests which span the human body, the space around it and the passing of time. Our interactions with everyday objects, other humans and the animal world also provide inspiration, often with a good dose of humour thrown in!”
Visit www.cravendc.gov.uk/skiptontownhall for more information on the exhibition.
This exhibition is the first in a new series of Art Unpacked, a Chrysalis Arts project bringing high-quality contemporary art and craft to small and unusual venues across North Yorkshire, East Lancashire and East Riding of Yorkshire and is curated by Chrysalis Arts and Grace Whowell.