Brighton Maker Faire announces stellar line-up

Developing Dreams’ interactive 3D printing installation, a giant knitting robot, laser printed trains, and a social media powered photobooth are just some of the highlights at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire at the Corn Exchange on 7 September.

In addition to all the amazing makers in the interactive exhibition, there will be some inspiring speakers and high profile panellists discussing burning issues, which Developing Dreams helped curate. From conductive paint, digital pyrotechnics, toys of the future, and 3D printing to the Raspberry Pi phenomenon and the art of metalworking.


Maggie Philbin, presenter of BBC TV programme Bang Goes the Theory, will chair a debate about ‘Making for Social Good’ and Bill Thompson, BBC News Online Technology columnist, pundit and presenter of BBC radio programme Click, will chair a debate about the 3D printing revolution.

Last year, more than 7,000 people came to the Brighton Maker Faire and it was widely praised as being one of the most innovative, educational and fun family events of the year. You can find all sorts of activities there and get your hands dirty – from arts and crafts, to technology, engineering and electronics, 3D printing, to DIY, and woodworking.

One of the main exhibits at the show will be Break the Mould, an interactive 3D printing installation created by Developing Dreams working with Brighton based Italian artist Emilia Telese. 

Visitors will be invited to walk into a 3D body scanner, a 4m high sculpture in the shape of a pregnant women, to get scanned and then ‘give birth’ to a little figure of themselves. Break the Mould will make its debut at the Brighton Maker Faire and go on tour during the Brighton Digital Festival starting with: 

  • the Corn Exchange in Brighton (7-8 September),
  • the iconic Jubilee Library in Brighton (9-22 September),
  • Clearleft at 68 Middle Street (24-29 September), and
  • the Mad Hatter Cafe in Hove (30 September – 4 October)

Saturday 7th September – Interactive Exhibiton at the Corn Exchange, 10am-5pm

£5 (£3 early bird booking for adults until 31st July), kids FREE

Hands-on stalls, inspiring talks and mini making sessions for all ages. Highlights to include:

  • The Thingamin – a modern day, arduino controlled theramin
  • Break the Mould – an interactive installation where visitors can get a 3D print-out of themselves
  • Agnes Robotknit – a life sized humanoid knitting robot who can knit by hand like a person
  • Sonisphere – a musical interface controlled by gestures and movements
  • Thonk – learn how to make your own suitcase synthesiser
  • Webcam Upcycling – teaching kids to turn and old webcam into a microscope
  • 3D Printed Trains  – Laser-scanned 3D printed model train kits
  • Robots for Everyone –  how to make your own robot from bits you have around the house
  • Recycled Paper Books – a workshop where you can make a new book out of an old magazine
  • The Marvellous Mechanical Yarn Emporium – draw it, scan it, knit it!
  • The Great Leathercraft Revival – come and make your own belt, dog collar or iPad case
  • Socsnap – a Raspberry Pi based photo booth
  • Sock Monsters – bring a pair of old socks and turn them into a monster

Sunday 8th September – Workshops at the Dome Foyer & Bar

Ticket prices vary per workshop

More in-depth making sessions – book in advance to learn new skills and make something useful, artistic or outlandish, including robotics, printmaking, stained glass, felt-making and up-cycling.

Further information

Tickets and further info for both days can be found at http://www.makerfairebrighton.comTo volunteer as an educational facilitator or general helper, contact:

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The event is sponsored by Create and Semantico and produced in association with Build BrightonDeveloping Dreams, Make magazine, Brighton Dome, and Draw Blank.

Brighton Mini Maker Faire is part of Brighton Digital Festival, a month-long celebration of digital culture throughout September in Brighton.

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