The Curious Robot World of Matt Dixon to Feature at Pitzhanger

'A Sense of Wonder' will be the first exhibition curated by Rob Dickins

Matt Dixon's junkyard creations to feature in audio-visual experience
Matt Dixon's junkyard creations to feature in audio-visual experience

The rusty robot characters of Matt Dixon are to feature in an exhibition at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery from 14 October 2022 to 12 February 2023.  

Curated by Rob Dickins CBE, ‘A Sense of Wonder’: The Curious Robot World of Matt Dixon, is billed as an audio-visual adventure. The background to the displays will be an otherworldly soundscape spanning 100 years of music.  

Matt Dixon was a senior artist on Disney features, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spyro the Dragon, and Harry Potter titles. He created his first robot character as part of the series Transmissions in 2006 – which was the inspiration behind the design of the O2 robot brand mascot, Bubl. He has been exploring this preternatural world ever since and this exhibition will not only present prints, canvas and sketches but introduce a cast of four-foot models, with some surprising interventions, plus an Augmented Reality (AR) experience that will bring to life some elements of the exhibition.  

Pitzhanger says, “With references to the environment, consumerism, mental health, and other aspects of modern life, visitors will encounter the robots as they experience and express the best of human emotions: wonder, kindness, empathy, friendship, and love. Its ethereal soundscape will span 100 years of music in a garden-like setting.  

“A beta version of Matt Dixon’s new robot video game inspired by Transmissions will be exclusively available for visitors to play.”  

A programme of related events will accompany the exhibition:  

• A Sense of Wonder: Artist Talk (24 November, 6.30pm) – Digital illustrator and concept Matt Dixon reveals his ideas and process in creating the exhibition works
• Open Sundays (6 November + 4 December 2022 + 5 February 2023) - Family activities inspired by A Sense of Wonder on the first Sunday morning of every month
• Special Thursday Lates (27 October + 24 November 2022, 26 January 2023) – special late programme on the last Thursday of every month with talks, creative activities inspired by A Sense of Wonder, bar and more  

Clare Gough, Director of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery, says, “This exhibition will create an uplifting escape for our visitors during the autumn and winter months into an otherworldly landscape inhabited by Matt Dixon’s endearing robots”  

Rob Dickins said, “What I love about Matt’s art is that it works on at least two levels, as on the face of it, there are likeable junkyard creations but when you look deeper, there is almost always other levels which comment on the human condition and the environment, sometimes in the polluted landscapes of cities and sometimes in the calm and thoughtful beauty of the countryside. The cryptically titled pieces usually giving the viewer an idea…it is art that repays spending time with each picture. My advice is...look for clues."  

The exhibition is supported by The Deborah Loeb Brice Donor Advised Fund.  

The next in Pitzhanger’s series of exhibitions responding to the design and architecture of Pitzhanger will be Anthony Caro and the Inspiration of Architecture. This exhibition of works by leading British abstract sculptor Sir Anthony Caro, will open on what would have been his 99th birthday on 9 March 2023.  

The exhibition will be open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-5pm (late opening Thursday: 10am-7pm). Advance booking recommended at Tickets allow access to Pitzhanger Manor and the exhibition. Tickets cost £12 on weekdays and £14 on Saturday and Sunday with concessions at £6 and £7. Entry is free to members, under 4s and Historic Houses members with half price admission for ArtPass holders. An early bird discount is available in the Pitzhanger web site during September.  

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive November 2, 2022

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.


November 2, 2022