A group of ten young people from NACRO, the crime reduction charity, spent a week at Tullie House earlier in the year working with local artist Ben Gates to design and created a large-scale automata.  Their finished automata is currently on display in the Art Gallery alongside the Mechanical Circus Exhibition.

The team was made up of a group of young people from the city currently seeking to develop their skills in order to access education, employment or training, and throughout the week they participated in a number of activities to embrace new ways of thinking, and applied themselves to a number of different tasks in order to complete their portfolios for the Bronze Arts Award.

The group up-cycled found objects to create their unique ‘trash-chic’ moving models, and developed their mechanical skills to make zippy spin, master tigress fly, and mystical creatures that bounce!

The young people were proud to see their creation on display along-side such a blockbuster exhibition and their exhibit has proved to be a favourite with visitors.

We are delighted to announce that the Mechanical Circus Bronze Arts Award portfolios were moderated at the Youth Zone at the weekend, and all 10 young people passed.

J Hindmarsh