Category Archives: Call to makers


All the fun of the Faire

Unsure what the vibe is like at a Maker Faire? Why not watch this lovely round up of last year’s event.

Need more persuasion to come and join in with the Greatest Show (and Tell) in the South West?  If you’re a maker or creative and unsure if it’s your bag then have a read of our Makers FAQs. We hope they’ll swing it.

Get your forms in – This year’s CALL TO MAKERS closes 29th July 2016


*MAKERS SOCIAL* Dorkbot Special! – Speakers confirmed

We’ve teamed up with  Dorkbot & At-Bristol Science Centre to put on a special event for the makers who are showing their projects and sharing their stories… And to tempt you all here the night before to start set-up we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you two great talks from John Higgs and Shardcore.

Dorkbot will be moved from its regular spot to At-Bristol on Friday 21st at 7.30pm (the night before the Maker Faire if anyone is travelling down).


The Talks


“Authors Vs Algorithms” – John Higgs

John will talk about Apophenia – the ability to find patterns and links – and why he believes that human and algorithmic pattern recognition is complimentary – and the value of using expanded datasets to create new stories with meaning.

“Adventures in algo-culture” – Shardcore

Shard will talk about his experiments making worrying and confusing bots that live on the internet and then watching people interact with them.

About The Speakers


John Higgs is an author, journalist and biographer of both The KLF – the Acid House pioneers who burned a million pounds – and Timothy Leary, the Harvard psychologist once dubbed “America’s most dangerous man” by Richard Nixon for his championing of the use of psychedelic drugs.

John’s work explores the more obscure corners of cultural history, like magic, ‘ideaspace’ and rave culture, to construct new narratives around the innovations that powered the 20th century. His next book, Stranger Than We Can Imagine: Making Sense of the Twentieth Century, provides an alternative perspective into recent history, by examining the radical artists, genius scientists and maverick pioneers who made it happen.

Shardcore (aka Eric Drass) is an artist and curator who works in a range of media, from painting to generative experiments that live on the net.

Exploring identity, consciousness, artificial intelligence and big data, his works are frequently reported and cited online by the likes of BoingBoing, b3ta, Imperica and Huffpost Tech.

Remember, 7.30pm, Friday 21st August, At-Bristol.  There may be drink and nibbles if you get there early enough…


CALL TO MAKERS! – What’s stopping you?!

Our Call to Makers closes at midnight this FRIDAY 10th JULY! So if you’ve been  ummming and aaaahing about whether or not to make an application here are a few answers to your questions…. Go on do it! You know you want to!

1. Am I a maker? The answer is probably YES!

If you tinker away on personal projects in your freetime or are lucky enough to make a living from things that didn’t exist before your brain and hands got involved then we’d love to hear from you! It’s really important to us to have a wide variety of projects on show – from soft fabrics and working with natural materials to breadboards and future teachnology.

2. My project probably won’t be finished in time, is that okay? YES!

We’d like to showcase the whole making process so prototypes or works in progress are absolutely part of that story. Even better if you can somehow demonstrate to attendees how your projects have progressed from your initial idea. We’d love you to talk to people about what you have planned as next steps. maybe they’ll have some ideas for you to?!

3. My projects doesn’t always work reliably, is that a problem? NO not really

As above – we’d like to inspire people with the whole making journey and as you folk will know it’s often the bugs, issues and teething problems that reveal how projects work and encourage you as makers to come up with innovative and creative solutions. As long as attendees are safe and you can spin a good yarn about the weird stuff that might happen as you show-off your project then you’re most welcome!

4. I’m not sure my project will survive the inquisitive audience of a Mini Maker Faire – should I stay at home? NO please don’t!

We understand that some people’s projects might be delicate and have limited opportunities for people to touch and get hands-on with. We can help you think about how you might provide opportunities to satisfy people’s curiosity and keep your project safe. Right now the main thing is to get your application in! Detail any questions/concerns you might have in the ‘hands-on’ section of the online form.

5. I don’t have a project to show – can I get involved? YES PLEASE!

We’ll shortly be recruiting volunteers from the Maker community to be part of this fabulous event as our Maker Faire Crew! If you’re passionate about making and like chatting to people then keep your eyes peeled here and on Twitter for more details soon.

Bristol Mini Maker Faire 2015 NEEDS YOU!

The Bristol Mini Maker Faire is back!

On 22nd August 2015 At-Bristol will be hosting the ‘Greatest Show and Tell in the South West’

Are you a maker? Do you have a project you’d like to show and learning you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

Please fill out our application form here

If you have any queries about your application please contact: