In conjunction with our latest exhibition The Fantastical Multimedia Pop-up Project, we’re hosting a day of fun, interactive and hands-on activities and workshops exploring digital technologies. Think gaming, robots, animation and coding.

Facilitated by experts in the field, artists and designers discover what YOU can design and make.

Bristol-based game developer Alistair Aitcheson will be bringing two of his games Tap Happy Sabotage and Codex Bash for teams to play. Alistair creates mobile and tablet games, educational games, interactive performance and playable installations. His work is known for its emphasis on physical activity and social interaction, often with custom-made hardware.

We’ll be having a BBQ in the Garden Terrace at The Edge (donations welcome), experience our gallery installations and brand new pieces by design duo Unit Lab inspired by VR, 3D printing, AI and motion capture.

Meet Unit Lab and find out more about their work, interests and how they merge design and science together. It’s also a chance to meet some of the University researchers and hear about the ways they’re contributing to future industries and innovation.

Join artist & developer Ashley James Brown at his two workshops. Ashley is an internationally respected artist and developer based in Coventry UK creating emotive nostalgic experiences using code, electronics and sound. As a creative technologist he works in collaboration with many cultural organisations, private businesses, collaborations, groups and individual artists to realise their creative potential with technology.

Digital Fairground Contraptions and Games with Ashley James Brown – Drop In 10am – 1pm

Come and get building with LittleBits and cardboard to construct marvellous interactive machines. Using electronics and craft we will build a series of interactive objects and playful fun experiences. Learn how electronics and sensors work and build your own individual devices through exploratory play and experimentation. Penalty Shootouts, Light Up Marble Runs, Autonomous Drawing Machines and whatever you can imagine with the tools and materials provided.

Creative Coding and Computational Art with Ashley James Brown
Sessions: 2pm-3.30pm or 3.30pm-5pm
Limited places – book here

An introduction to digital art through coding, come along and create your own interactive drawing tools using shapes, images and live video input. We will explore the creative artistic possibilities with a minimal set of coded instructions using the open source Processing language and development environment ( Explore and understand some of the creative process that is present in the gallery works currently and be inspired by the possibilities of computational and glitch art practices. Bring a memory stick to take your creations and code home for further exploration. No experience necessary.

Also joining us with activities for our younger guests is ComputerXplorers which is part of the world’s largest franchised network providing fun and engaging quality technology and computing education for children. They’ll be bringing a range of activities including robot racing/wrestling, animation activities, BBC Micro:Bits and Photofit games.

Free events and activities suitable for families aged 10 years and up

A full schedule of the day can be found here.

Images: Tim Gander

An interactive day of free workshops and activities, exploring digital technologies for young people