Spitalfields Market, East London. 1992

Spitalfields Market was the first home for A Quiet Afternoon in Cloud Cuckoo Valley after it was decided not to incorporate it into a shopping centre, and gave the eight pieces that make up this final thing from Emett the space they required to inspire and entertain visitors to the market.

You can see more pictures from the exhibition here.

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery. 2014

This exhibiton in 2014 was the first time a curated display of Rowland Emett’s creations had been put together to show the public, and was only the second time that A Quiet Afternoon in Cloud Cuckoo Valley had been exhibited in public since its inaugural display in Spitalfields Market.

You can see more pictures from the exhibition here.

Birmingham Thinktank. 2016-17

The Thinktank Museum in Birmingham hosted a show entitled ‘Mechanical Things’ to celebrate Rowland Emett’s work, from December 2016 to March 2017, in which some of his key pieces were displayed – including the ‘fantasmagorical’ Emett-designed flying car from the 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie, and A Quiet Afternoon in Cloud Cuckoo Valley.

You can see more pictures from the exhibition here.

Chelsea Flower Show 2017

Birmingham City Council took A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley to the Chelsea Flower Show in 2017.  It formed the centre piece of their floral display, also entitled A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley, for which Birmingham won both a Gold and Platinum Medal.

You can see more pictures from the show here

The Marvellous Mechanical Museum, Compton Verney Gallery and Park

Step into Compton Verney’s Marvellous Mechanical Museum, a world which reimagines the spectacular automata exhibitions of the 18thcentury and invites us to explore the boundaries of what is lifelike and what is alive, where artists, inventors and engineers collide.

Automata have always been fascinating to us. Throughout history they have represented the human condition and allowed us to view ourselves and raise questions about our existence. They have also entertained and amazed us with spectacular musical performances and simulations of life. (The Marvellous Mechanical Museum coincides with the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, who is believed to have seen the famous 18th century automata of Pierre Jaquet-Droz before bringing her own creation to life).

This exhibition featuring A Quiet Afternoon in the Cloud Cuckoo Valley also includes early and rare automata and clockwork dating back to the 17thcentury from collections such as The British Museum, V&A and Royal Collection alongside new commissions by contemporary artists exploring our current and often complex relationship with technology. From a miniature Faberge moving elephant to the uncanny ‘Crimson Prince’ by kinetic artist Tim Lewis, the exhibition also includes work by Sarah Angliss & Caroline Radcliffe, Ting Tong Chang, James Cox, Pierre Jaquet-Droz, Jane Edden, Rowland Emett, Ron Fuller, Fi Henshall, Rebecca Horn, Tim Hunkin, Peter Markey, John Joseph Merlin, Keith Newstead, Stuart Patience, Henry Phalibois, Harrison Pearce, Rodney Peppe, Sam Smith and Paul Spooner.