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Creative Coding with Processing at MadFabLab

  • PLANT NOMA Dantzic Street Manchester, England, M4 United Kingdom (map)

Learn the Java-based programming language Processing on this four-hour workshop, perfect for both artistic and educational purposes.

Creative technologist Chris Ball will take you through all the things you need to know to get you started with Processing and its many applications. 

Processing’s open source status encourages audience participation and development, allowing for a huge library of projects to draw inspiration from, and a community of users to contribute and push the possibilities of the software. 

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all abilities. We welcome beginners with no previous experience of Processing.

What you’ll learn

  • Drawing shapes (X and Y positions)
  • Drawing images
  • Translate, rotate and scale
  • Writing a function
  • Resources for further development
  • How to use and interpret the built-in examples
  • Language reference
  • Introduction to using libraries
  • Introduction to the community

Equipment you’ll need

A laptop with Windows, Mac OS or Linux installed is needed to run Processing – we are able to provide these but please feel free to bring your own if you are more comfortable with your machine.

About MadFabLab

MadFabLab is an open-access workshop for Manchester’s hackers, makers, and tinkerers – whether actively curious, seasoned anti-disciplinarian, or any/all points in between – providing shared tools and space to create amazing new things, play and experiment with new technology, and meet and collaborate


Where is the MadFabLab?

MadFabLab is at PLANT NOMA. On arrival, just ask at the front desk if you need help finding it.

I have accessibility needs, what kind of physical access do you have?

PLANT and the MadFabLab have full accessibility. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding the space.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There are a number of options for getting to us by public transport. See below for all your options.

By tram

The nearest tram stop is Shudehill, on the Bury–Altrincham and Rochdale–East Didsbury lines. For other lines, Piccadilly Gardens is the closest and we are just 5 minutes walk away from here.

By bus

The nearest local bus station is Shudehill/Thomas Street, for visitors coming from North Manchester. For other local buses, Manchester Piccadilly Bus Station is located just 5 minutes walk away. The nearest national bus station is the Shudehill Bus Interchange, although Chorlton Street Bus Station is 20 minutes walk away.

By train

MadFabLab is less than 15 minutes walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station and across the road from Manchester Victoria train station.

By air

From Manchester International Airport, there is a train station at Terminal 2 with regular trains to Manchester Piccadilly Train station which take approximately 35 minutes. Alternatively, taxis are available outside all terminals and will take roughly 30 minutes on a good day, costing around £25.

By car

If you are driving to reach us, there is limited on-street parking in the area. Within a minutes walk of the building there is also Miller Street Car Park and Total Car Parks LTD.

By bike

We are currently looking into installing secure bike parking.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

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What’s the refund policy?

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy here.

This course needs a minimum of 10 people to run. Why not sign up and encourage a friend to come too?

Booking your place

For your convenience, we offer a number of ways to book:

  • Via Eventbrite
  • Invoice or PayPal – by phoning 07894278487 or emailing
  • Payment by cheque – made out to MadLab CIC, and sent to 3 Corkland Road, Manchester, M21 8UP

Please find MadLab’s Cancellation Policy here.

Chris Ball has worked on projects from small musical instruments to large scale interactive sculptures. He has a degree in Audio Technology, and specialises in sound and light. He has several years experience working with Arduino and associated electronics.

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