Over the Easter Holiday (Saturday 19th March – Monday 4th April 2016), we ran an Easter Egg Hunt. We asked our visitors to look around the museum and find the 12 hidden eggs.
1. Ebony McKeown, from Stratford upon Avon
2. Cassandra Dinnis, from Knowle
3. Jack Nichols, from Bicester
4. Fizz Gray, from Bedford.
5. Emma White, from Chelmsford
All 5 winners have now been contacted and sent their MAD prizes.
Keep an eye out for the next change to win!Read More »
Throughout the Easter Holiday (Saturday 19th March – Monday 4th April 2016) , The MAD Museum is holding a Mechanical Easter Egg Hunt. This competition will have a typically MAD twist; you’ll need to press buttons, turn handles and look in and around all the exhibits in the museum to find the hidden eggs.
There are 12 mechanical eggs to locate in total. Find them all to be entered into the prize draw to win MAD goodies and tickets to The MAD Museum.Read More »
February Half Term at The MAD Museum
Saturday 13th – Monday 22nd February 2016
Using inspiration from around The MAD Museum, we want you to design your very own piece of automata.
For those who aren’t sure, automata is a (typically wooden) sculpture which moves in a clever or funny way. Here are some examples:
As long as it has an element of movement, you can design whatever you like. Whether it be a quirky character, animated creature, interesting scene or geometric pattern- the possibilities are endless.
What You Win
Picked by one of our resident automata artists and MAD’s Technical Manager, the winning design will be brought to life and made into a fully-functioning sculpture by our technicians.
It will then be exhibited at the museum for everyone to see and interact with. Not only that but the winner will also get a goodie bag full of MAD treats.
After being exhibited at The MAD Museum, the winning piece will be returned to its designer to be taken home.
How to Enter
During your MAD visit: Draw your design on a competition entry form at the museum, then hand it in at the reception desk.
At home: print the competition entry form off at home, get designing then either drop your completed form in at The MAD Museum, post it or email it in to us.
Post: The MAD Museum, 4/5 Henley Street, Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. CV37 6PT.
*** Don’t forget to include your name and contact details.
We will only get in touch if you are the winner
Monday 22nd February at 5pm
The winner will be contacted the following week, w/c 29/02/2016
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The MAD Museum is currently displaying its first temporary exhibition – The Inventions of Heath Robinson.
On view until Sunday 22nd November ’15, this exhibition comprises of a special collection of illustrations, posters and books by the iconic British artists, Heath Robinson.
Due to the fact this exhibition is on, we thought we would answer the question…
Who is Heath Robinson?
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944)
Heath Robinson was a British cartoonist and illustrator best known for his humorous drawings of over-elaborate inventions which accomplish very simple tasks.
Now a household name, Robinson drew thousands of pieces of art, spanning two world wars, the Victorian age of the machine and the rise of modernism. These times are all reflected in his work and the phrase “Heath-Robinson” became established in the English dictionary as a term for any over-complicated contraption in 1912.
Heath Robinson was born in 1872 into a long line of artists. After studying at Islington Art School and the Royal Academy, he started his career as a landscape artist. He had little commercial success and so began drawing book, magazine and newspaper illustrations. Robinson rapidly established himself as a talented and original practitioner, providing artwork for a number of books including ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ and ‘Water Babies’.
In the run up to and during World War One, Robinson started drawing a series of illustrations in magazines such as ‘The Tatler’ and ‘The Sketch’. They poked fun at modern living, carrying out normal tasks such as pancake making and potato peeling to outlandish extremes, often using complex and long-winded methods. Very quickly his work received popularity and Robinson became known as “The Gadget King”.
He was one of the first artists to belittle the Germans in WW1, showing them using laughing gas to overcome British troops and parachuting in kettles of boiling water instead of firing bullets. These images brought welcomed comic relief to British soldiers and civilians and his ironic and bizarre depictions perfectly summed up the idiocy of war.
With the Second World War however, three of Robinson’s sons were enlisted and his gentle humoristic illustrations ventured away from mocking the Nazis. Robinson called it “the disastrous war”.
Heath Robinson went on to concoct weird and wonderfully overcomplicated contraptions until he passed away in September 1944 .
Often compared to his American counterpart Rube Goldberg. Robinson and Goldberg essentially depicted the same kind of whimsical devices, their main difference being Goldberg was a trained engineer and his creation were more sensible and practical while Robinson’s conveyed British humour, exaggerated imagination and the artistic skill of a classically trained illustrator.
Heath Robinon’s importance as an innovator in the fields of illustration and advertising was considerable and his complicated inventions provided a source of inspiration for the Founder of The MAD Museum, Richard Simmons, as well as the creators of Wallace and Gromit, Monty Python and many other artists, designers and engineers around the world.Read More »
Saturday 26th September – Sunday 22nd November 2015
The MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum announces its first major temporary exhibition with works by Heath Robinson (1872–1944), a prolific cartoonist and illustrator best known for his humorous drawings of over-elaborate inventions which accomplish very simple tasks.
On view from 26th September ’15 until 22nd November ’15, the exhibition features an extraordinary collection of original illustrations, posters and books, which all demonstrate Heath Robinson’s most celebrated work: witty, exaggerated devices. These pieces have been provided by The Chris Beetles Gallery, Sheldrake Press and private collections. The exhibition will also include a 3D augmented reality image of a well-known Heath Robinson drawing, by Turi Cacciatore.
Heath Robinson was born in 1872 into a family of artists. He started his career as a landscape artist, but when he realised that wouldn’t pay the bills, he began drawing book, magazine and newspaper illustrations and rapidly established himself as a talented and original practitioner. Described by Philip Pullman as the “Grand High Celestial Mechanic of Absurdity”, the eccentric illustrator drew thousands of pieces of art, spanning two world wars, the Victorian age of the machine and the rise of modernism. These times are all reflected in his work and “Heath-Robinson” became established in the English dictionary as a term for any over-complicated contraption. His importance as an innovator in the fields of illustration and advertising was considerable and his complicated inventions provided a source of inspiration for Richard Simmons, the Founder of The MAD Museum, the creators of Wallace and Gromit and many other kinetic artists around the world.
In association with Sheldrake Press, “The Inventions of Heath Robinson” will be supporting two Heath Robinson Contraption competitions, one intended for school pupils around the UK and one aimed at Heath Robinson enthusiasts, engineers, sculptors and artists.
This exhibition is generously supported by The Chris Beetles Gallery and Sheldrake Press, publishers of the forthcoming book Very Heath Robinson.
For any questions regarding “The Inventions of Heath Robinson” contact Katie Wilson, Head of Marketing at The MAD Museum.
Email: click here Tel: 01926 865839
Carole Souter, chief executive of the National Heritage Memorial Fund said: “These fantastically wry cartoons represent British humour at its best.”Read More »