Studio Project
CNC milled plywood and perspex vending machine
1 colour risograph printed material
Postal tubes & thousands of donated art prints

The Mystery Tubes and Mystery Tubes Vending Machine were created by the Engine House to allow studio holders and friends of Islington Mill — the artist’s studios where we are based — to get involved in a huge fundraising effort for the building’s much-needed renovations. We proposed a lucky-dip style artwork tube sale to raise some cash, and asked artists and designers from all over the world to donate prints.

In the run up to the launch event, Fred Aldous generously allowed us to style their window in collaboration with himHallows, who created intricate scale models of the Mill to advertise the project to the public. Meanwhile, we co-designed and built a custom vending machine to create a portable storage and sale point that was fun to look at and use. On the launch night we sold over 70 tubes, before moving the vending machine to the first point of its tour, Fred Aldous art shop Manchester.

Press: It’s Nice That
Collaboration Design / Build – Callum Higgins
Fred Aldous Window Model – himHallows

With thanks to Fred Aldous for tubes, support and window space – and Cloudwater Brew Co. for beer sponsorship.