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Dockside Automata at Gallions Reach

Sunday, May 21, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
Opening Hours: 
RAW Lab, 1 Upper Dock Walk, London, E16 2GU

All weekends from Sunday 21 May to 23 July 2017

  • Join community workshops to build a large docks-themed kinectic sculpture
  • Rare chance to see Cabaret mechanical Theatre’s exhibits in London
  • Press buttons and turn handles to trigger the machines into magical life
  • See work in progress at Fire the Inventor’s temporary on-site workshop
  • Enjoy a coffee or tea and sup in the kinetic atmosphere – and stunning views of the docks and low-flying aircraft!

Exhibition opening times 10am - 4pm

(Note workshop times are different: see below)

About the workshops:

The aim is to create a large mechanical sculpture in the guise of a dockside crane that animates the life and history of the docks with the help of the local community and visitors. Artist in Resident Stephen Guy will build the infrastructure and workshop participants will make their own smaller automata themed on Gallions Reach that link into the main mechanism. The workshops offer adults and families the opportunity to try making automata with like minded enthusiasts.

A variety of materials, components and tools will be provided (you are also welcome to bring your own) and Stephen will be available to guide, teach, inspire and coordinate the collaborative process.

You are welcome to join us often as you like and develop your work over several sessions.

Workshop dates: (1-4pm) please email to say you're coming

Sunday 21 May

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 May

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 June

Sunday 11 June

Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 June

These workshops are free drop-in sessions without the need to book. Participants are encouraged to come up with ideas, do hands-on trials and make the best of facilities and time available. Machines, components and materials cannot be taken away.

Please note the workshop can only accommodate a small group at any one time, as places are limited.

Do visit FiretheInventor for more details, including age suitability and required skills level:
Any questions or queries contact: Stephen Guy



  • They are free and drop-in without the need to book, but if you intend coming, please email Stephen so we can get an idea of numbers
  • Places are limited and offered on a first come first served basis
  • Only a small group can be accomodated at any one time, so there may be times when it is full
  • Please note there is NOT any formal instruction or structure to the workshops: it is up to particpants to generate ideas, experiment, do hands-on trials and make the best of the facilities and time available
  • Be prepared to work to exacting standards as engineered art requires precision and accuracy to make them robust and reliable!
  • Machines, components and materials cannot be taken away
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Not suitable for young children.