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Lab Live: Sci-Art

10th March 2018, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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You’re invited to Lab Live: Sci-Art, a festival where science meets art.

At Lab Live: Sci-Art, we’re exploring how science and art meet for creative and innovative outcomes. You can explore a host of creator, maker and artist stalls to tinker and experiment in the Imagination Lab and our 12,000 sq ft warehouse space, the Engine Hall.

There are five zones at the event which explore different themes mixing art and science. Take a look at the highlight activities:

Imagination Lab
The Lab is being transformed into a DaVinci-inspired workshop, a place of invention and making!

  • Take inspiration from Leonardo DaVinci’s flying machine sketches to design and build your own flying machine. Plus use our wind tunnel to test your flying creations and understand aerodynamics
  • Create new worlds with virtual reality
  • Take a trip to a new destination using Green Screen technology
  • Take on the spaghetti challenge and construct the tallest tower
  • Explore the invention zone to tinker and create new machines

Nature and space

  • Model, design and make an extraterrestrial creature using 3D printing
  • Build mini-terrains and explore how plants can stay alive in a sealed microclimate
  • Build a STEAM Co Rocket Launcher.


  • Colour, code and create an interactive piece of art with a PrimoToys wooden robot
  • Try your hand at laser cutting
  • Join Paul Clifford for artistic experiments
  • Join in with Robert Workshop, building snapping crocodiles an flying pigs powered by mechanisms


  • Collaborate on an art piece that uses everyday objects to create artworks and discover how colour combinations can cause visual illusions.
  • Discover the theory of colour to mix and make colours


  • Explore the science of sound with School of Noise and make metal plates vibrate at different frequencies to create Chladni patterns
  • Join Hackoustic to build instruments, covert art into sound and mix usable wearable technology with 5 amazing artists

There will also be performances from Siobhan Davis Dance, exploring neuroscience through movement (afternoon and all day tickets only) and experience Theatrum Anatomicum with Guglielmo Da Lucca, the self-proclaimed great great great great great grandson of Leonardo Da Vinci, in a lesson on human anatomy with a twist!

When is Lab Live: Sci-Art?

Lab Live: Sci-Art takes place Saturday 10 March. There are morning (10:00am-1:00pm), afternoon (2:00-5:00pm) and all day tickets available. There will be an hour break between 1:00-2:00pm between the morning and afternoon sessions. Those with morning only tickets are welcome to stay for lunch, but will need to leave the Lab by 2:00pm. Those with afternoon tickets are welcome to arrive at 1:00pm for lunch, but activities will not begin until 2:00pm.

Who is Lab Live: Sci-Art for and how much does it cost?

This event is ideal for children aged between 6-12 years old. Please note, all children must be accompanied by an adult. children under 6 are welcome to attend and do not require a ticket, but as the activities are aimed at children 6+ there will be limited activities for younger children to take part in.

Tickets cost £7 for a half day and £12 for a full day. All activities can be enjoyed for free, but some stalls and activities include an enhanced or take-home option, which is paid.

Is there food and drink at Lab Live: Sci-Art?

There will be hot drinks available to purchase throughout the day and a lunch break between 1:00-2:00pm, where a street market vendor will be on site selling food. Those with morning only tickets are welcome to stay for lunch, but will need to leave the Lab by 2:00pm. Those with afternoon tickets are welcome to arrive at 1:00pm for lunch, but activities will not begin until 2:00pm. As always, we welcome you to bring your own food, which can be eaten in the Lab.

This event is indoors but the majority of the events will take place in the Engine Hall, which is an unheated warehouse. We strongly advised that you dress warmly. The Imagination Lab, where the DaVinci Invention Lab will be taking place does have heating. 

Please note, due to unforeseen circumstances, DK Books will no longer be at the event.


10th March 2018
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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