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May 2018

Exhibition Launch: Do Not Fold Spindle or Mutilate, Clare Phelan

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ presents a series of prints which reference our relationship with technology. Cultural manifestations of technology often outlast their material use. ‘Do Not Fold Spindle Or Mutilate’ is such an example. The phrase was printed on IBM punch cards, and became a metaphor for alienation and dehumanisation as part of American 1960’s counterculture. Phelan works directly with nineteenth and early twentieth century coding technology artefacts such as textile jacquards, musical box discs and IBM punch…

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Art Lab: Binary Beading

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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 As you know, we do love coding AND crafting here at Art Lab.... but did you know modern code has its origin in traditional craft?  Jacquard loom punchcards were one of the first forms of binary information sharing, so today we celebrate by crafting our own beautiful Jacquard pieces. Then learn how to code your name in binary, and make a personalised bag tag or piece of jewellery to take home with you.  This workshop accompanies Clare Phelan's solo exhibition…

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Art Lab: Printmaking with Clare Phelan

May 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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Join artist Clare Phelan for a collograph printmaking workshop, inspired by her accompanying exhibition ‘Do Not Fold Spindle or Mutilate’. Learn about and handle early twentieth century coding objects such as IBM punchcards and music box discs, and use them to create some interesting prints with Clare's portable printing press.  This workshop accompanies Clare Phelan's solo exhibition 'Do Not Fold Spindle or Mutilate', on show in the Wigan STEAM Gallery from Sat 26th May - Sat 16th June.  Suitable for age…

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Art Lab: Music Box Maestro workshop

May 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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Art Lab - Music Box Maestros Binary Coding (as we know and love it today) has it’s origin in the hand-punched cards of Clare’s exhibition. We will guide you through translating sheet music into binary punched cards, and those cards into captivating melodies played through mechanical music boxes. Have a quick look here!  This workshop accompanies Clare Phelan's solo exhibition 'Do Not Fold Spindle or Mutilate', on show in the Wigan STEAM Gallery from Sat 26th May - Sat 16th…

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Art Lab: Patterncraft with Gemma May Latham

May 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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Join digital artist Gemma May Latham and learn about punchcards, an early twentieth century coding technology which are featured in accompanying exhibition 'Do Not Fold Spindle or Mutilate', by Clare Phelan. PatternCraft is an analogue to digital punchcard reader that teaches the fundamentals of programming and encoding data through the write once medium of a physical punched card. During the workshop, participants will explore how punchcards can be used to program Minecraft builds, write text using binary. Created by digital…

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June 2018

Craft Night: Ceramic Fairy Houses

June 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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Join us for our June Craft Night. We'll be unleashing our inner potters to make these gorgeous Fairy Houses and/or Doors. These will be a lovely addition to any garden and are guaranteed to make yours the most desirable destination for all fairy folk. This workshop costs £15.00 incluidng all materials, tuition, glazes and as much tea or coffee as you can drink! This workshop will book up quickly so make sure you book your places via the eventbrite link.…

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Code Up: Game Design for Total Beginners

June 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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This free workshop will introduce the basics of game design, including creating backgrounds, characters, scores and timers. This session is designed for total coding beginners who want to have a go at creating their own simple games using block based languages. Session suitable for ages 12 plus. Please only register if you will definitely be attending this event. Space andkit is limited and we don't want people who genuinely want to attend to miss out.

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Art Lab: Green Screen Masterclass

June 30 @ 10:15 am - 11:45 am
Leigh Spinners Mill, Park Lane Lancashire, Leigh, WN7 2LB
Leigh, WN7 2LB GB
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We are popping up at Spinners Mill in Leigh with our family activities. Join us to learn about creative and digital processes! Learn how to use this clever piece of tech to magically insert you into the history of the mill. We will be dressing up in costiums and digitally telling the stories of the people who worked here!  This workshop is most suitable for ages 8+, however children aged 5+ are welcome. All children must be accompanied by an…

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July 2018

Craft Night: Beginners Screenprinting

July 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wigan STEAM, 33-53 Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1NU
Wigan, WN1 1NU GB
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Our July Craft Night is a brilliant opportunity to get an introduction into Screenprinting. We'll be creating t shirts using the stencil technique and will give you lots of ideas to create your own beautiful artworks. All materials supplied including a white t shirt. If you have your heart set on printing on something different feel free to bring it along! (Fabric only please, we're not allowed to print on dogs, children or cars!) Booking essential via the Eventbrite link 

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