The Mike Pattison approach to making parades move

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Date: 9 March 2017

Location: Cobden Works, 37-41 Cobden Street, Salford, M66WF

Tutor: Mike Pattison

Price: Free

This event has SOLD OUT. However, you can still join our waiting list as some places will most likely become free. 

Mike Pattison is a well-respected artist, theatrical engineer and puppeteer, working in the outdoor sector for more than 20 years. A long standing member of Emergency Exit Arts, he’s also been involved in project delivery for Kinetika, The World Famous, Walk the Plank, Periplum, Bureau of Silly Ideas, Arts Desire and Graeae and others. He designed and produced 18 parade vehicles for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games alongside the mega vehicles of The Mutoid Waste Company.

He studied motor vehicle engineering to distinction level before travel and a multitude of jobs led him to the world of ‘outdoor spectaculars’. For the last twenty years he's been putting motion and engineering principles into the arts.

One of his prime skills is the motivation of processional vehicles by peddle and electric power, with particular attention to the gearing, steering and suspension of often large and low powered structures.

His masterclass would suit Artist/Makers with an interest in these processes, with particular emphasis on pedal and electric drive and making small amounts of power move large scale parade imagery.

**Please note there are only 15 spaces on this masterclass**

The masterclass is designed for Manchester Day artists, placements, community group leaders and key participants, interested in using movement to animate their parade sections. This year's Manchester Day takes place on Sunday 18 June 2017.

The masterclass will take place at Cobden Works in Salford (Walk the Plank's soon to be HQ) – a map can be found on our website here . There is no parking at the venue.

The masterclass is free, book now to ensure you have a place. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.Please sign up below or contact us on if you have any queries. 


ELEVATE gives artists and community leaders the opportunity to gain inspiration and skills from internationally renowned musicians, designers and participatory artists.

The workshops are supported by Arts Council England and aim to support regional artists to create world-class art in the public realm. ELEVATE’s masterclass series is a partnership project between Manchester City Council and Walk the Plank's Learning programme.

ELEVATE supports artists and community groups participating in Manchester Day. One of the largest community outdoor arts events in the North West, bringing colour, dance, music and spectacle to the streets of Manchester in a celebration of all things Mancunian. Now in its 8th year, the next Manchester Day will take place on the 18 June 2017

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