Saturday 13 Oct | 9.30am-12.30pm

Ages 16+

Location: Cooke’s Studios 

Learn the basics of creating interactive art in this fun, hands-on workshop with our fantastic guest artists Lab212.

Learn how to hack everyday objects using infrared technology and motion sensing. Then put this into practice by using different spaces in Cooke’s Studios to experiment with how these technologies can transform spaces to create sensory experiences.

This free workshop is a fantastic opportunity to learn from leading digital artists. The session has also been specifically designed with technology and objects that allow you to carry on your experiments at home and put into practice what you have learnt!

The workshop is suitable for beginners but might especially be of interest to those interested in creative technology, hacking, gaming, coding or simply trying something new as a way of being creative. You do not have to have any previous experience of working with technology to take part.

*We will confirm all places on the workshop by Thursday 4th October. Places on the workshop are limited and in the event that we are over subscribed, we will choose participants based on their reasons for wanting to take part.

If you require more information please email


Introduction to Creative hacking & programming (arduino)

Saturday 3 Nov 

Ages 12-15  |  2pm – 5pm

(the session for 8-11’s is now full)


Location: Cooke’s Studios 

Learn all about the Arduino (a programmable circuit board and software) and how it can be used to build imaginative projects in this brilliant workshop led by grassroots innovation centre Madlab, who will be visiting us from their base in Manchester.

Session Two: 2pm – 5pm (recommended for ages 12-15)

The workshop will start at the beginning, introducing the Arduino and explaining why it’s such a big deal, walking you through the creation of many basic electronic projects and into the world of making, prototyping and creative technology invention.

Both sessions will be similar in content, however will be adapted appropriately for the age bracket. If you or your child is keen to take part in a session but is slightly younger or older than the recommended ages then please still apply, as long as you are happy to be in group of the ages specified. Please apply using the button above, all places will be confirmed at least one week before the workshop.

Versatile, beginner-friendly, and above all fun, this workshop will give you an insight into how to get started with your own excellent digital-physical projects!

If you require more information please email