The discussion about a contest 2012 is still open:
Various people urged me to organise again an automaton contest. Although I hate repeating things and the comparison of one contest with the other I am tempted to organize the 2nd Automata Contest 2012 (although at the moment I have no prizes like last time). Any donations or sponsors would help to make it real! Find details about the contest on the separate Contest 2012 page.
I decided to have a virtual and non-professional Gallery with objects (not only automata!) for sale. The idea is to have a special platform for artists/makers (without any contracts) and to get rid of high gallery commissions up to 50% of the price: this should be a benefit for the makers and the customers. All prices are without shipping costs. The sale and shipping will be in the responsibility of the artists themselves, I only will be contact person in the beginning. My only request to the artists is to offer me a piece for free after the sale of 10 pieces (equivalent to a 10% commission but without need to transfer money).
Sorry for any mistakes in writing, it is difficult to put all together in a correct way and write in English with Italian/Swiss German as my mother language.