Cost: £25 full price / £20 conc

Artist Matt Woodham will guide you through an introduction to Runway, a platform which allows you to bring the power of artificial intelligence to your creative projects.

You will utilise a variety of machine learning models to synthesise new imagery. You will also learn how to chain together multiple models, for example:

  • Synthesising non-existent photo-realistic faces, then converting the image into the visual style of Picasso or other classic artists.
  • Synthesising an image from a crude hand drawing, analysing the semantic description of that image and synthesising a further image from the description – somewhat like a machine learning game of Chinese whispers or exquisite corpse.

You will also learn how to train your own generative image model using public datasets, which opens up an entirely new realm of possibilities.



Please bring your own PC, Mac or Linux laptop with RunwayML installed. Download the RunwayML Beta for free at


Book to attend any 3 or more Generating Systems workshops and save £5 per ticket. Available from Broadway’s Box Office in person or by calling 0115 952 6611. Please email if you have any questions.


This workshop is part of Generating Systems, presented by Near Now Studio member Matt Woodham: a series of six creative, DIY workshops over two days, led by expert artists and toolmakers.

Participants will learn a cross-section of cutting-edge techniques to create generative and computational artworks. You will learn to use specially designed software and hardware systems to create live, real-time video, interactive installations and generative art – utilising technologies such as virtual reality, machine learning and analogue devices.

These events accompany Sensing Systems, Matt Woodham's debut solo exhibition which takes place at Bonington Gallery in Feb–March 2020.

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