Robotics: Soft and inflatable sculptures

Learn how to make kinetic soft robotic sculptures in this 3-week course.

Darling Square Library opens on Monday 28 October.

This workshop is inspired by ‘plantoid’ or ‘soft’ robotics, a fascinating field of robotics developed for geological and space exploration. Soft robotics draws inspiration from the movement of living organisms, principles that will help you create your moving robot sculpture.

Find out how to harness electronics and inflation to give your robot life. Guided by expert facilitator Tully Arnot, you’ll learn how to build an electronic circuit, code a microcontroller and create a prototype. You’ll make your moving sculpture with everyday items like paper, cardboard and cloth.

This workshop comprises 2-hour weekly sessions for 3 weeks. You’ll need to attend every session to complete the course and your sculpture.

What you’ll learn

  • Basic electronic circuit-building using littleBits. littleBits include components like DC motors, dimmers and light sensors that can add movement and interactivity to your sculpture.
  • Coding an interactive or kinetic electronic circuit with the open-source prototyping platform Arduino.
  • Soldering an electronic circuit.

What you’ll get to take home

  • Your very own kinetic soft robotic sculpture.

Bookings and class size: Maximum 12 people – bookings are required
Suitable for: Ages 16 and over
Experience level: This is a beginner program with no required knowledge. An interest in electronics, robotics and prototyping would be beneficial
Wear: Enclosed shoes and no loose-fitting clothing or jewellery
Bring: Yourself – all materials provided.

We aim to deliver inclusive and accessible events. If you have any access or communication needs, please contact us.

Facilitator: Tully Arnot
Tully is a visual artist and educator with a strong interest in DIY electronics and kinetic sculpture. He completed a Bachelor of Design and Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design and is also an artist-educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art.



Thursday 14 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 21 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm
Thursday 28 November 2019 from 6pm to 8pm


Adult: $180.00
Concession: $144.00

Accessibility services

  • Mobility access
  • Hearing loop

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