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.


08 Nov 2015

Wicksteed Park Dragon Bonfire

Wicksteed Park already have a fantastic choreographed firework display by MLE Pyrotechnics and this year the park asked Pirate Technics to sculpt their bonfire too.

We built them a huge dragon from pallets and old timber. Well done all Pirates who braved the torrential rain to create this epic beast!

05 Nov 2015

Converse Shoes Burning Man

Pirate Technics were asked to burn a suspended man for a Converse Shoes corporate event on Guy Fawkes night. Look at him burn!

14 Oct 2015

Burn Burn Burn Film Release

The release date for Burn Burn Burn, the first film featuring Pirate Technics, is approaching and will be shown during BFI London Film Festival this week on 15 October. See the link below for details.


In the meantime, if all the tickets are gone and you simply can't wait for the nationwide release to see our invaluable contribution to British film, then watch the trailer on YouTube to whet your appetite and prepare yourself for some Pirate action. You can just see our sculpture being set on fire at about 1:48!

20 Sep 2015

The Love-Bot Demands Bestival Love!

For Bestival on the Isle of Wight this year, Shipshape Arts designed and built the Love-Bot. A 7m tall colossus that towered above the crowd. The story was as follows:

"The Lovebot needs love for his energy, without it he rests in limbo - full of angst and worry, with his joints gradually rusting together and his internal batteries slowly running down... all he needs to come alive is someone to show him some love!"

He had animated eyes, lights, turning key and smoke from his ears. The more love he was shown, the more animated he became!

01 Sep 2015

The Sweepers move to Nottingham Castle

If you are walking through Nottingham Market Square and wonder where our sweepers sculptures have gone, they have been relocated to Nottingham Castle where hopefully they will receive less abuse from Stag-Dos!

31 Aug 2015

John Lewis Oxford Street "Chlamps"

Legs feeling weary after a long day shopping in John Lewis on Oxford Street? Don't despair, Shipshape Arts have designed, built and installed some giant lamps (dubbed the "chlamps") on the second floor with upholstered seating to display their range of home furnishing fabrics in a funky, yet functional way!

Remember to stop by and visit our cushion spiral on the way!

27 Aug 2015

Green Man Festival

Pirate Technics once again built and burnt the Green Man sculpture for the eponymous festival.

This year the wishes were written onto wooden flags extending into the field, which were wrapped around him before the burn.

It is a fantastic festival and you should all join us there next year!

25 Aug 2015

Creative Review Feature

Check out this introduction from Creative Review for Bestival 2015's Love-Bot that is currently sitting in our workshop, ready for its adventure to the Isle of Wight!


30 Jul 2015

The Best Block Party at Secret Garden Party 2015

Secret Garden Party 2015 was a bit of a muddy one, but congratulations to all Pirates for not only rocking it (as usual!) but also keeping our stage going for a whole extra unscheduled day all through Sunday at the best block party on site!

The coloured building block boat we constructed on the lake was bold and the smubble machines looked awesome from the shore!

30 Jun 2015

Parrot Pagodas at Glastonbury 2015

Our Parrot Pagodas are normally backstage at The Park area of Glastonbury, but this year they were in full public view right in front of The Park main stage.

They held up well and offered great shade and shelter to all.

Remember, the Parrot Pagodas are available to hire from us and there are plans to increase the number available to more than 3.

For archived news, visit the Shipshape Arts Blog.

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