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Automata on the Pier with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

Thu March 15th from 10:00am - Sun April 15th at 5:00pm

Admission: Free

The world renowned Cabaret Mechanical Theatre merges the boundaries of art and engineering with their collection of extraordinary mechanical toys and many other marvellous, magical inventions. Since they were founded in 1979, the collection has toured the world’s most prestigious exhibition centres being viewed by tens of millions of people.

We are privileged to announce that items from the collection will be shown in Hastings Pier’s Visitor Centre, free of charge from 15th March until the 15th April 2018. Highlights include Matt Smith’s swimming fish, Peter Markey’s wave machines and Paul Spooner’s famous spaghetti-eating man in a bath.

The exhibition is part of a wider partnership between Hastings Pier, Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Culture Shift and the Craftivist Network, which includes a programme of workshops for families, schools and community groups.

One key part of the project has seen local artists working with Autism Sussex, Parchment Trust, MENCAP, Active Arts, Southdown’s Wellbeing Centre and Seaview to help local people to create their own automata, some of which will be on display.

Cabaret Mechanical’s Theatre’s director Sarah Alexander said: “I’m proud to be curating Automata on the Pier, and look forward to local audiences marvelling at these colourful, humorous and thought- provoking masterpieces which come to life at the push of a button, a turn of a handle or the drop of a coin.”

The exhibition is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm every day from 15th March to 15th April and free for all.


Exhibition: Automata at the Pier with Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

15th March - 15th April

10.00am - 5.00pm

Free admission


Family Workshops

Throughout the Easter Holidays, various dates and prices

Birch Room, Hasting Pier

Further information and bookings, click here


Tim Hunkin Talk: The Changing Fortunes of Amusement Arcades

12th April, 6.30pm

£5 entry, Birch Room, Hastings Pier

Further information and bookings, click here


Automata Fest

24th March, 11.00 - 4.30pm

Free entry, Visitor’s Centre Hastings Pier

For more information, click here


*If you would like to bring a school or group to visit the exhibition or take part in a workshop, please contact learning manager at Susan.kent@hpcharity.co.uk





March 15th 2018 from 10:00 am
April 15th 2018 at 5:00pm
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Hastings Pier Charity


Hastings Pier
White Rock
Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1JY United Kingdom
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