Welcome to Pirate Technics!

Who we are

Pirate Technics are a UK group, comprising individuals from all arts disciplines from theatre to engineering. We design and build temporary art installations for festivals, galleries, events and merchandising.

What we do

We create large scale sculptures to be part of unique spectacles for events of all sizes involving collaboration with firework designers and performance artists.

Since 2007 we have built figureheads to capture the essence of a festival identity or theme. Our projects are exclusive, temporary and interactive... and they are all spectacular!

Shipshape Arts

Pirate Technics is a brand of Shipshape Arts, an artistic creation company based in Nottingham.


26 Jun 2015

Giant Scarecrows do not Scare Crows

It's official! We now have evidence that, ironically, giant scarecrows actually scare crows less.
We captured this picture whilst installing our giant time-travelling scarecrow for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

02 Jun 2015

Cutting Hedge Sculpture!

"Cutting hedge sculpture - that was the response from one member of the public about our new Sweepers Installation found in Market Square, Nottingham.
They have been commissioned by Nottingham City Council to celebrate their status as Britain's cleanest city!

There has been some fantastic press surrounding this installation, including features on local news and national news websites. http://www.itv.com/news/central/update/2015-06-01/giant-sculptures-unveiled-to-encourage-shoppers-to-keep-nottingham-the-cleanest-city-in-britain/

08 Apr 2015

Sculptures Become Local Attraction at Farmeco

That's right, we're famous once more! The local paper, The Newark Advertiser, features our giant topiary figures as they continue to draw attention and become a local landmark in Screveton.

01 Apr 2015

The Improbable Cushion Spiral

To promote their range of luxury cushions, John Lewis commissioned us to build an improbable cushion spiral. It has gone on display at their flagship store on Oxford Street and has been installed to coincide with their ongoing refurbishment. It features a mirrored base so it appears twice as big too!

28 Feb 2015

Mini Green Man

Normally we're used to building massive sculptures for the Green Man Festival, but this collapsible one we have built will be driven around the country in the back of a car promoting their events this year.

15 Dec 2014

Kestrel Makes a Home in Topiary Figures!

Not only have our topiary figures found a new home at Farmeco Community Care Farm, but it looks like a kestrel has decided to make a home out of the figures!

All four figures are now back together at the farm, and they have attracted so much attention that the farmer wishes to keep them indefinitely, which is fantastic. The farm is near Bingham, Nottinghamshire and they are visible from the road.

Thanks to Simon at Quercus for the info about the kestrel.

04 Dec 2014

LittleBigPlanet Handcrafted Christmas Tree Promo Video

This is the official LittleBigPlanet 3 Handcrafted Christmas Tree Promotional video by PlayStation.

You can just see us setting up if you pause it and squint really hard! Filmed in real-time of course!

Also, check out how the "Twitterverse" is responding to #LittleBigChristmas https://twitter.com/hashtag/LittleBigChristmas?src=hash

04 Dec 2014

Handcrafted Fabric Christmas Tree at Old Spitalfields Market

Yes, Christmas is imminent and to celebrate the release of the PlayStation game LittleBigPlanet 3, Shipshape Arts were commissioned to build a giant fabric Christmas tree in Old Spitalfields Market in Shoreditch, London.

There were lots of celebrities milling around. We managed to get this shot of one of our favourites, Charlie Brooker!

Originally intended to only be up for one weekend as part of the promotion, Spitalfields loved it so much that they have decided to keep it there for the entire festive season! So, it will be up for all of December and if your Christmas shopping takes you in that direction, make sure you take a peek!

A special thanks goes out to Pirate Piers' mum, Ann, who hand knitted us a bespoke Sackboy to sit on top of our fabric Christmas tree. What a clever lady!

For more information visit the Old Spitalfields Market website http://www.oldspitalfieldsmarket.com/events/playstation-worlds-largest-handcrafted-christmas-tree.

UPDATE: There has been lots of press around the tree, so just put those keywords into google like "playstation christmas tree spitalfields" and all the articles come up about it, including a bit from the Daily Mail.

30 Oct 2014

Burn, Burn, Burn!

Next stop Hollywood for the Pirates! Yes, that's right, our fabulous talents have finally been realised by the film industry. This is our straw effigy sculpture, nicknamed no-head-mike by the film crew.

It has been constructed for a British indie film with the working title Burn, Burn, Burn. A very appropriate title we thought to cut our teeth in the biz. And yes, it will burn in the film! Look out for it in 2015.

Here are some pictures of us setting up:

And here are a few pictures of the sculpture during filming:

4 minutes to burn, that's how long the Pirates have a sculpture on fire for on the silver screen so far! I suppose we have to hope that it sparks off (intentional pun) a trend of more films with fire sculptures...

26 Sep 2014

Topiary Figures on the Move!

Our two iconic artificial topiary installations named "The Sweepers" and "The Neighbours", which have also featured at the Southbank Centre, have come to the end of their stay at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and are looking for a new home.

For archived news, visit the Shipshape Arts Blog.

Pirate Technice sculptures during the day Pirate Technics sculpture during the night