Free electronics workshop for artists

I’m pleased to be a recipient of an a-n artist development bursary allowing me to organise a basic electronics workshop for artists. The workshop will be in July with kind support from Platform Southwark.

This workshop is intended for people with little or no experience of electronics to start to develop practical skills that will be helpful in building interactive exhibits that include electronic elements. In two days we won’t make you a master, but we’ll help you get over the initial hurdles and feel comfortable building and experimenting with simple electronic circuits.


The first day of the course is a general introduction to electronic components and tries to gives a feel for how circuits work. It provides plenty of opportunity to try experiments on the circuits suggested and should give people enough understanding to feel they can build and modify circuits in future.


On the second day of the course we use the Arduino programmable controller to create a simple organ with lighting effects using the electronic skills from day 1. The focus is on techniques that are useful to make interactive installations and can be picked up easily.

Course leader

Iain Sharpe is  a retired electrical engineer who runs He works on a variety of projects while also help artists realise their ideas.

Sat 27 & Sun 28 July
10am – 5pm

Platform Southwark
1 Joan Street
London SE1 8BS



The workshop itself is free apart from materials which you can take away with you, including an Arduino processor. The full materials cost is £40+bf, but there are a limited number of early bird places at £20+bf each.