An exhibition exploring the boundaries of what is lifelike and what is alive by reimagining the spectacular automata exhibitions of the 18th century.

Automata have always been fascinating to us. Throughout history they have represented the human condition and allowed us to view ourselves and raise questions about our existence. They have also entertained and amazed us with spectacular musical performances and simulations of life.

This exhibition includes early and rare automata and clockwork dating back to the 17th century from collections such as the British Museum, V&A and Royal Collection alongside new commissions by contemporary artists exploring our current and often complex relationship with technology.

From a miniature Fabergé moving elephant to the uncanny Crimson Prince by kinetic artist Tim Lewis, the exhibition also includes work by Sarah Angliss & Caroline Radcliffe, Ting Tong Chang, James Cox, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Jane Edden, Rowland Emett, Ron Fuller, Fi Henshall, Rebecca Horn, Tim Hunkin, Peter Markey, John Joseph Merlin, Keith Newstead, Stuart Patience, Henry Phalibois, Harrison Pearce, Rodney Peppe, Sam Smith and Paul Spooner.

Compton Verney

Compton Verney House, Near Kineton, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ

01926 645500


Opening times

Re-Opens 16th March

10:30am - 6pm, last entry 4pm

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