Keith Newstead

Keith Newstead

Keith Newstead

Keith studied at Barking College of Art and Technology. After short-lived careers on a paper round in Finland and as a graphic designer, he became a motorcycle dispatch rider in London for 10 years.

During this time he also made and sold jewelry. Keith counts his childhood memories of the machines in the Penny Arcade at Southend as being one of the most important influences on his work.

Keith collaborated with Learning Studio staff to construct all sorts of automata and models out of cardstock and paper. His Urban Angel used to be seen trying to rise up to heaven above the Tinkering Studio.

Keith also designed and built this automaton specifically for the Tinkering Studio, in which a curious tinkerer gets his nose bitten by the robo-bird he’s building