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Clitheroe Gallery Gears Up for Robotics Exhibition

Marvellous mechanicals
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU – Jim Bond’s mechanical glass eye follows visitors around the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe.
Published Friday, 19 January 2018

A glass eye set in brass that follows visitors around the room is one of the new exhibits at the Platform Gallery in Clitheroe.

The gallery’s new exhibition, Marvellous Mechanicals, features moving sculptures and robotics by artists Balint Bolygo, Jim Bond, Nik Ramage, Lisa Slater and Martin Smith.

The works include Jim Bond’s I See You, a mechanical glass eye that follows visitors around the room, and Fingers, a replica of sculptor Nik Ramage’s hand, which impatiently drums its fingers.

And Jim Bond will lead a free workshop at the gallery from 11am this Saturday (20 January), where participants will create a ‘marble run’ up to 20ft long featuring levers, tubes and giant dominoes.

Platform Gallery supervisor Helen Creswell said: “We are always on the lookout for new and exciting work, and this exhibition has been intriguing visitors at venues across the North.

“From wooden automata to bespoke robotics, Marvellous Mechanicals showcases the work of artists and makers who explore movement in intriguing ways and people of all ages are invited to join us for this unique event.”

Marvellous Mechanicals is part of Art Unpacked, a series of touring exhibitions created by Chrysalis Arts, which showcases contemporary art in areas where people have limited access to the arts.

It has enjoyed a successful tour across North Yorkshire and Lancashire, and will run at the Platform Gallery until Saturday, 24 March.

Jim Bond specialises in kinetic and figurative work using a combination of forged, brazed and welded copper, stainless steel and steel. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Kinetica Museum and Saatchi Gallery in London.

Saturday’s workshop is free, open to people of all ages and abilities, and booking is not required.

The Platform Gallery and Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre is a one-stop shop for visitors and art and craft enthusiasts, with the latest information on events and accommodation, a shop selling maps, souvenirs and craftwork by local and national artists, and a gallery exhibiting the best contemporary art.

The gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4.30pm, and further details are available on 01200 425566.

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