More than meets the eye

By Chris Thomson | posted on January 12, 2018

ROBOTS have taken over Vancouver Arts Centre, but the kids of Albany will be in control.

Artist Sandy O’Doherty said Robots – Cool Fun would see local ankle-biters create their own transformers, droids or automatons from recycled materials.

“We’ll be using polystyrene foam, plastics, a little bit of metal and wood, and predominantly screwing or hot-gluing the pieces and components together to create little robot animals, robots themselves or robot wall hangings,” she said.

“There is such a range of materials to choose from, it will really be up to each kid’s imagination and how bold they can go with their robot.”

The activity is inspired by the several ‘bots made from bric-a-brac that feature in Neil Elliot’s Creations from the Man Cave exhibition that runs at the centre until January 27.

“It’s a great idea for the kids to have a look at the exhibition before they start,” O’Doherty said.

“If they haven’t, I might send them down to have a quick look because it’s really fantastic for inspiration.

“With all the kooky variety of animals and robots and morphed types of objects, the kids will be really inspired and have something to work from.”

The robot workspace will be open from 9am to 4pm on January 12, 16 and 19, with workshops running from 10am to noon on those days for children aged 8 and 12.

Call the centre on 6820 3740 to book a workshop spot.