Explorers Fair 2020

Discover ways to be creative with science and technology

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Fun activities for young creative explorers and their families.

When

15th February 2020
16th February 2020

What time

10:00AM - 5:00PM

Location

Broadway,

14–18 Broad Street,

Nottingham,

NG1 3AL

Cost

Various.

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Fun activities for young creative explorers and their families.

Head to Broadway on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February for a weekend of discovery.

Discover ways to be creative with science and technology during this weekend of wonderful family-friendly activities.

  • Make interactive art with conductive paint
  • Experiment with augmented reality sculpture-making
  • Test playful prototypes of new artworks
  • Create inventive marble machines in our Ball Run Factory
  • And more!

Who's going to be there?

At Explorers Fair you'll find playful workshops and interactive experiences from talented artists, designers, engineers and technologists.

What's happening?

There's lots to see and do at Explorers Fair, with fun activities taking place across Broadway.

Explorers Fair: Sat 15 Feb

10:00AM – 12:30PM

  • The Ball Run Factory with Bright Box Makerspace
  • Build inventive marble machines with science, technology and everyday materials.

12:00PM – 6:00PM

  • Will Hurt: Type
  • A showcase of playful interactive artworks by artist and Near Now Fellow Will Hurt.

3:00PM – 5:00PM

  • UV Body Painting: How Your Body Works
  • Join anatomists Gabrielle Finn, Kat Sanders and Susan Anderson for a fun, creative anatomy workshop suitable for all the family.

Explorers Fair: Sun 16 Feb

10:00AM – 12:30PM

  • The Ball Run Factory with Bright Box Makerspace
  • Build inventive marble machines with science, technology and everyday materials.

10:00AM – 12:00PM

  • ZoMotion: Zoetrope Animation Workshop
  • Learn how to be an animator in this hands-on creative workshop with artist, sculptor and animator Karl Wilby.

12:00PM – 6:00PM

  • Will Hurt: Type
  • A showcase of playful interactive artworks by artist and Near Now Fellow Will Hurt.

1:00PM – 5:00PM

  • Virtual Sculpture Workshop with Studio Above&Below
  • Experiment with creating Augmented Reality sculptures using the landscape of Broadway and Hockley.

2:00PM – 5:00PM

  • Interactive Art Experiments
  • Experiment with using conductive materials, inks and paint to create interactive artworks that light up, make music and respond to touch.

The Ball Run Factory

Saturday 15 Feb, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Sunday 16 Feb, 10:00AM – 12:30PM

Build inventive marble machines with science, technology and everyday materials.

In this hands-on workshop with Bright Box Makerspace you and your child will work with artists and technologists to turn cardboard tubes, pipes and recycled materials into creative contraptions that light up and make music — or just noise!

Cost:

  • £12 per child
  • Accompanying adult free 

UV Body Painting: How Your Body Works

Saturday 15 Feb, 3:00PM – 5:00PM

Learn about how bodies work and what happens under the skin, in this fascinating interactive workshop.

Join anatomists Gabrielle Finn, Kat Sanders and Susan Anderson for a fun, creative anatomy workshop suitable for all the family.

  • Paint the bones in your hands with fluorescent paint and see what happens when we turn off the lights!
  • Build a spine using everyday materials you can find in your kitchen.
  • Be wowed by full body anatomical painting and learn about muscles, nerves and bones.

Cost:

  • Free. Booking required.

Limited capacity. Please book a ticket in advance to avoid disappointment.


ZoMotion: Zoetrope Animation Workshop

Sunday 16 Feb, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Learn how to be an animator in this hands-on creative workshop with artist, sculptor and animator Karl Wilby.

Karl Wilby’s ZoMotion Zoetropes are light-based animated sculptures. Sequences of individual 3D models rotate and are illuminated to create live 3D animations; a moving sculpture in front of your eyes.

In this workshop you will explore 3D and 2D techniques to create your own amazing zoetrope animations.

Cost

  • £3.50 per child
  • Accompanying adult free

Finding A New Terrain by Studio Above&Below

Finding A New Terrain by Studio Above&Below

Virtual Sculpture Workshop

Sunday 16 February, 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Create amazing Augmented Reality sculptures with artists and designers Studio Above&Below.

Using the landscape of Hockley as a starting point, children will hunt for found objects to use in the creation of digital sculptures. Through storytelling, experimentation and mind-mapping, the sculptures will be transformed into Augmented Reality and placed around Broadway and Broad Street as an invisible sculpture trail. During this four-hour long workshop, children will be introduced to different types of Augmented Reality technologies, as well as basic skills in 3D software modelling, storytelling and collaboration.

The workshop will be led by Broadway’s Near Now Fellows Perry-James Sugden and Daria Jelonek of Studio Above&Below.

Cost:

  • £3.50 per child
  • Accompanying adult free

Interactive Art Experiments

Sunday 16 February, 2:00PM – 5:00PM

Experiment with using conductive materials, inks and paint to create interactive artworks that light up, make music and respond to touch.

With help from our friends at Bright Box Makerspace and local artist Graham Elstone, you'll be able to explore tools and technologies including:

Help us create an interactive mural with conductive paint and create your own interactive drawings, paintings or cards to take home.

Cost:

  • Free. Drop-in to Broadway's Workshop space between 2:00PM – 5:00PM to take part.

Festival of Science & Curiosity

Explorers Fair is part of Nottingham's Festival of Science and Curiosity.

Bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to the heart of Nottingham from 12-19 February 2020. Visit www.nottsfosac.co.uk for more information.


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