Public Events

Wednesday 20 March 13

Come and get involved! The Institute of Making is hosting an exciting programme of public events throughout the year.  We're hosting demos, masterclasses, discussions and maker sessions with experts and enthusiasts from all sorts of backgrounds; electronics to breadmaking, neon to rope.

All our events are free, but some will require booking as space is limited.

Upcoming Events

Public event: Materials Library talk with Mark Miodownik

Public event: Materials Library talk with Mark Miodownik

Friday 24 February 2017 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

The world is getting more complex except in one respect, we still throw most of our waste in the ground. Is this our future, or will we develop new materials that are ultra strong and never need replacing.

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Public Open Day: 4th Birthday

Public Open Day: 4th Birthday

Saturday 11 March 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us to celebrate our 4th birthday.

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Public Masterclass: Papermaking with Mandy Brannan

Public Masterclass: Papermaking with Mandy Brannan

Wednesday 03 May 2017 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join book artist and papermaker Mandy Brannan to discover the creative possibilities of combining two papermaking techniques; traditional style Japanese washi/papermaking and recycled papermaking.

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Festival of Stuff

Festival of Stuff

Tuesday 04 July 2017 10:00pm - 5:00pm

The Festival of Stuff runs from 4th to the 8th of July, consisting of four days of bookable masterclasses and culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Public Events  

Past Events

Public Masterclass: Concrete with Leigh Cameron

Public Masterclass: Concrete with Leigh Cameron

Wednesday 04 May 2016 10:00am - 12:30pm

ome along to explore the materiality of concrete with master Leigh Cameron who has dedicated his life work to this material. The masterclass will include casting, playing with materials and looking at different processes and formulations.

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Public Events: Materials Library Evening - Pigments, Paints and Prints

Public Events: Materials Library Evening - Pigments, Paints and Prints

Thursday 28 April 2016 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us. Participants can have a go at making paint for powdered pigments and then apply it in various forms of printmaking.
Please note this event is not suitable for children under the age of 16.

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Design-Led Materials Finale: Talk, Show & Tell and Discussion

Design-Led Materials Finale: Talk, Show & Tell and Discussion

Monday 14 March 2016 10:00am - 2:30pm

Five collaborative teams of researchers with partners from UCL, Manchester, Leeds, the Crick Institute, Goldsmiths, CRI, the London College of Fashion and Dundee have been working on design-led materials research and community-building projects over the last 6 months.

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Public Open day: It’s our 3rd Birthday

Public Open day: It’s our 3rd Birthday

Saturday 12 March 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm

The Institue of Making is turning 3, come and celebrate our birthday with us!
In March we will be throwing open our door for an extravaganza of materials and making.

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Public Masterclass: Fish printing

Public Masterclass: Fish printing

Thursday 10 December 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm

Ever wondered how fishermen recorded the size and species of their catches before the invention of photography?
The old Japanese printing technique of Gyotaku or ‘fish rubbing’ provided a solution.

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Exploring Curious Materials

Exploring Curious Materials

Monday 07 December 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Are you a designer, architect, engineer or maker looking for new materials to incorporate into your work? Are you interested in getting hands-on with conductive and thermochromic inks, low-melt and impact protection polymers and shape-memory metals?

Part of Public Events,  Member Events,  Research Events  

Public Masterclass: Enamelling

Public Masterclass: Enamelling

Monday 23 November 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Inspired by London Underground signs, this session led by maker Helen Carnac, introduces the process of applying enamel to metal resulting in participants making signs or badges to take away.

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Public Masterclass: Enamelling

Public Masterclass: Enamelling

Monday 23 November 2015 10:00am - 12:30am

Inspired by London Underground signs, this session led by maker Helen Carnac, introduces the process of applying enamel to metal resulting in participants making signs or badges to take away.

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Public Event: Interview with Roja Dove and drinks by Bompas & Parr

Public Event: Interview with Roja Dove and drinks by Bompas & Parr

Thursday 19 November 2015 6:15pm - 9:00pm

You are invited to a rare public interview with Master Perfumer Roja Dove.

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Research Event: Glass Sponges

Research Event: Glass Sponges

Monday 16 November 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm

Glass is one of the most abundant families of materials found on Earth today; silica not only exists in mineral form but also found in living organisms. This research event brings together artist Dr. Shelley James and scientist Professor Anson Mackay to discuss the historical, contemporary and natural techniques and process of glass.

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Public Event: Materials Library Evening

Public Event: Materials Library Evening

Thursday 12 November 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

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Public Open Day: Clay & Ceramics

Public Open Day: Clay & Ceramics

Saturday 24 October 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of Clay & Ceramics.

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Public Masterclass: Lampworking

Public Masterclass: Lampworking

Thursday 15 October 2015 6:30pm - 9:00pm

During this interactive session you will have the opportunity to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes to create your own whistles from test tubes.

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Festival of Stuff: Open day

Festival of Stuff: Open day

Saturday 27 June 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Come along on Saturday 27th June for our second extravaganza of Stuff!! This five day festival will culminate in a public event on a grand scale. We will be taking over the whole street outside of the Institute of Making for our finale, filling it with demo-stalls and making stations, bringing back this year’s favourite activities and some new discoveries.

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Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Friday 26 June 2015 3:00pm - 4:30pm

In this hands-on session led by Dr Shelley James, participants will use the latest generation of portable flameworking torches fuelled by a simple gas canister to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Lunchtime Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Festival of Stuff: Lunchtime Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Friday 26 June 2015 12:30pm - 2:00pm

In this hands-on session led by Dr Shelley James, participants will use the latest generation of portable flameworking torches fuelled by a simple gas canister to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Lampworking a Whistle

Friday 26 June 2015 10:00am - 11:30am

In this hands-on session, participants will use the latest generation of portable flameworking torches fuelled by a simple gas canister to explore basic techniques: heating, shaping, blowing simple forms and creating holes.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Materials Library Evening

Festival of Stuff: Materials Library Evening

Thursday 25 June 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Material Explorations

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Material Explorations

Thursday 25 June 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join the Institute of Making to explore a material through a range of stations from shaping, breaking, melting and joining.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Material Explorations

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Material Explorations

Thursday 25 June 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join the Institute of Making to explore a material through a range of stations from shaping, breaking, melting and joining.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Alternative Stone Lithography

Festival of Stuff: Alternative Stone Lithography

Thursday 25 June 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm

Attempt stone lithographic printmaking using alternatives to traditional limestone.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Pyrotechnics with Matthew Tosh

Festival of Stuff: Pyrotechnics with Matthew Tosh

Wednesday 24 June 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Expert pyrotechnician Matthew Tosh will demonstrate and discuss the art and chemistry of making fireworks displays. Experience the sights, sounds, smell and tastes of a live firework demonstration.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Shaker Box Making

Festival of Stuff: Shaker Box Making

Wednesday 24 June 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm

Master craftsman Murray Marks creates shaker boxes in exactly the same way as the Shaker craftsmen and women have for over two hundred years; using American cherry or maple, you will learn how to make your very own shaker box using this technique.

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Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Join Ann Nazareth to weave a decorative water scoop with paper cord using a simple basketry technique called twining. Once you’ve mastered the basic skills of paper cord weaving you will be able to develop your own ideas for 3-dimensional weaving in ways that will delight and surprise.

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Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Weaving with Tape Measures

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session – Weaving with Tape Measures

Tuesday 23 June 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Join Stella Harding to weave an open hexagonal shape with tape measures. Stella makes three-dimensional woven structures in a wide variety of materials using techniques derived from traditional basketry.

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Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Basket Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Afternoon Session - Basket Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 2:00pm - 4:30pm

The afternoon session is slightly more technical, using year-old willow that has been dried and then soaked, to make a small frame basket.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Paper Cord Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join Ann Nazareth to weave a decorative water scoop with paper cord using a simple basketry technique called twining. Once you’ve mastered the basic skills of paper cord weaving you will be able to develop your own ideas for 3-dimensional weaving in ways that will delight and surprise.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Weaving with Wire

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session – Weaving with Wire

Tuesday 23 June 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

Join Stella Harding to make a small random weave basket using a variety of wires. Stella makes three-dimensional woven structures in a wide variety of materials using techniques derived from traditional basketry.

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Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Basket Weaving

Festival of Stuff: Morning Session - Basket Weaving

Tuesday 23 June 2015 10:00am - 12:30pm

In the morning class you will have the opportunity to learn to weave using beautiful native willow. Kneeling on the floor, you will learn a very simple technique to make a Catalan tray.

Part of Festival of Stuff,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Public Open day: Light

Public Open day: Light

Saturday 02 May 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Join us for an extravaganza of materials and making around the theme of light, Saturday 2nd May, 1-5pm.

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Public Open day: Metal

Public Open day: Metal

Saturday 07 March 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm

This March we will be celebrating metal in all its diversity. Come along and explore metals that have memory, a jet engine turbine blade made from a single crystal, and the wondrous material life of gold in the Materials Library.

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Public Events: Materials Library Evening

Public Events: Materials Library Evening

Tuesday 17 February 2015 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us.

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Public Open day: Carbon

Public Open day: Carbon

Saturday 22 November 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm

This November, in partnership with the Crafts Council, the V&A and the RSA, we will be staging a London-wide extravaganza of materials and making, called Make:Shift:Do. As part of this, we will be hosting a public open day around the theme of Carbon and a selection of specialist masterclasses. This will be our lsat open day of 2014, so get it in your diaries now!

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Public Masterclass: Pencil Making

Public Masterclass: Pencil Making

Friday 21 November 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Designer and pencil-maker, Ariane Prin, will teach you how to make your very own pencils to take home, using simple recycled materials. Get your hands dirty and learn how to create this essential everyday tool.

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Public Event: Materials Library Evening

Public Event: Materials Library Evening

Thursday 30 October 2014 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Join the Institute of Making team in exploring the Materials Library’s curious collection to see, touch, discuss, play with and learn more about the extraordinary material world that surrounds us. The evening will include an introduction by Creative Director & Curator of Materials Zoe Laughlin, opportunities for hands-on engagement with the collection, material consultancy and, most excitingly, the launch of the Materials Library App.

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Public and Members event: The History of Robots with Iain Duncan

Public and Members event: The History of Robots with Iain Duncan

Friday 03 October 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Iain Duncan has been involved with robotics, automation and control systems for most of his long career. His talk will cover everything from the History of Robots to a personal history of robots Iain has made and there will even be a short interactive activity.

Part of Members Event: Robots Week,  Member Events,  Public Events  

Public Open day - It’s our Birthday

Public Open day - It’s our Birthday

Saturday 15 March 2014 12:59pm - 4:59pm

We will be one year old! You only turn one once, so we will be celebrating in style. Join us from 1-4pm for some material-themed party games. Prepare to be surprised! 

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Public Event - Bodging and repairing with Jasleen Kaur

Public Event - Bodging and repairing with Jasleen Kaur

Tuesday 18 February 2014 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Create a series of ‘bodged’ inventions through intuitive hands-on making using everyday materials and low tech processes.

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Public and Members event - Tim Hunkin evening talk

Public and Members event - Tim Hunkin evening talk

Tuesday 04 February 2014 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Tinker, maker, engineer and cartoonist, Tim Hunkin, will be uprooting his studio and coming to the Institute of Making to discuss his latest edition to ‘The Under the Pier Show’ arcade in Southwold.

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Public Event - sKINship

Public Event - sKINship

Monday 20 January 2014 5:59pm - 7:59pm

Try your hand at pattern cutting inspired by reconstructive plastic surgery techniques.

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Member and Public Event: An olfactory experience with British Master Perfumer Roja Dove

Member and Public Event: An olfactory experience with British Master Perfumer Roja Dove

Thursday 21 November 2013 6:30pm - 8:00pm

A once-in-a-lifetime evening of sensory delight. You are invited to smell the rarest and most prestigious perfumery materials in the world, guided through the olfactory process by Master Perfumer, Roja Dove.

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Public Event - Smell and the City

Public Event - Smell and the City

Thursday 07 November 2013 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Have you ever thought about what smells you detect as you walk through London at different times of the year and how these influence your experience, perceptions and memories of different streets, squares and spaces within the city?

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Public Event - Flintknapping

Public Event - Flintknapping

Friday 25 October 2013 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Have you ever wanted to know how early man and prehistoric people made the stone tools they needed for survival? Master technologist and archaeologist Karl Lee will demonstrate how to make arrowheads, spearheads, hand-axes and scrapers from brittle flint.

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Public Open day - September 28th: Trees

Public Open day - September 28th: Trees

Saturday 28 September 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join us this September for our public open day, the last for this year. Explore the world of trees, from woods to paper, rubber and latex to maple syrup and chewing gum.

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Public Open day: July 27th - Foam

Public Open day: July 27th - Foam

Saturday 27 July 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Public Open Day from 1pm-4pm. All welcome to come along and explore the wonderful world of materials.

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Public Open Day: June - Strings & Things

Public Open Day: June - Strings & Things

Saturday 29 June 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Strings and things: Sailors’ ropework expert Des Pawson will be doing a live demo of knotting and rope-making. Come along and have a go at knitting, knotting, wrangling a giant Knitting Nancy and other stringy activities. Get your hands on some of the wonderous substances in our Materials Library.

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Public Open Day: May - Luminescence

Public Open Day: May - Luminescence

Saturday 25 May 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm

We’re opening our doors on the last Saturday of every month, hosting different activities each time - This month we’re exploring luminescence, with neon light glassmakers, glow-in-the-dark mouldable plastic, laser etching test tubes, UV face paints and lots of material demos in the library.

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Public Open Day: April - Plastic Fantastic

Public Open Day: April - Plastic Fantastic

Saturday 27 April 2013 1:00pm - 4:00pm

From April onwards, the Institute of Making will be opening it’s doors on the last Saturday of every month, to explore and get hands on with the Materials Library and the MakeSpace; we’ll be hosting different activities each time.

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