25th APRIL - 1st MAY 2018
5 days / 6 nights
This is a unique, week-long opportunity to collaborate with a master automata-maker on your own and/or a collaborative project, discovering and sharing his wealth of skills and techniques. It will have a structured start, followed by guided independent practise. Prepare for some full-on teamwork, exciting new ideas and excellent fun!
Automata can be powerful and enigmatic objects and the interest in them is increasing whether it be a mechanical moving figure or a sculpture constructed to act as if by its own motive power. Cogs, Gears and Automata are often featured in popular culture, film and television, where they are appreciated for their aesthetic, their power and the uncanny feeling that if it moves ….. its alive! Drawing on his previous experience - teaching science and running a teachers' centre - Robert will, during this week-long event at Les Soeurs Anglaises, be working alongside participants from all walks of life (sculptors, engineers, animators, crafters and amateur enthusiasts) offering help, support, suggestions and advice to further their personal automata projects. The choice of what you do, how much and when, will be entirely yours and we’ll actively encourage you to go at your own pace. Let us help you make this a special and five days to enjoy what you love amongst like-minded people.
This project is limited to 8 participants
Robert Race is celebrated for making animated objects which move in interesting and often novel ways, manipulating a wide range of natural, re-used and recycled materials. His work is represented in the collections of: Museum of Childhood, London; Japan Museum of Contemporary Toy, Okayama, Japan; Arima Toys and Automata Museum, Hyogo, Japan; Arts Council (South East) Craft Collection.
“The idea of machines as animate objects, evokes deep responses. I like working with reused and recycled materials because they retain traces of their previous uses - like people they have a back-story and a continuing potential."
the workshop includes:
- 6 nights
- 5 days of L'Espace studio workshop with Robert
- All breakfasts, lunches (except 1 on local market am), dinners and refreshments
- Snacks and beverages throughout your stay
- Pick-up and drop-off at arrival airport Bergerac / train station Angouleme (at allocated times)*
- *Air and train fares to and from collection points in France are not included.
Travel day - you will be sent information regarding transportation to Les Soeurs Anglaises (pick-ups are generally late afternoon) from Angoulemetrain station and Bergerac airport. Welcome, Meet + Greet dinner at the house.
Introduction, assessment of participants' personal projects and suggestions from Robert regarding progress, materials, tools etc .
Participants will work with wood, plus a range of additional materials such as wire, string, plastic, etc. There is an emphasis on reclaimed and recycled materials, including driftwood, and students are welcome to bring their own contributions of interesting materials.
Mid-way point of personal projects. Continued work in the studio/workshop/outside. Discussion of progress and plans...Dinner at a local French restaurant.
Ongoing discussions throughout the day about methods, materials and mechanisms to use on personal projects.. Free time in the afternoon to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings (optional) .
Finalising of participants' projects and discussion of progress that can be made at home.
Brunch followed by departures before lunch.
Please note: THIS IS A PROSPECTIVE ITINERARY. IT IS SUBJECT TO MODEST MODIFICATIONS, DEPENDENT ON LOCAL WEATHER, NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND THE WISHES OF THE WORKSHOP LEADER
Pricing for this 5 night/6 day workshop varies depending on your choice of accommodation. Please see prices below or click here to see our accommodation photo gallery.
A: Luxury double bedroom en suite (single occupancy) : £2450
B: Luxury double bedroom en suite (shared occupancy): £1950
C: Standard twin bedroom with shared bathroom (single occupancy): £2100
D: Standard twin bedroom with shared bathroom (shared occupancy): £1550
For the Motion Impossible workshop we require a £400 non-refundable deposit to secure a booking, the full balance being payable two months prior to the start of the workshop.