IF THE new year is your time for having a good clear-out this event could be for you. A pair of Southampton artists are putting on an exhibition with a difference. Amy Scott-Pillow and Dave Hubble say they will transform your junk into unique works of art with a special contraption. Their Art Machine will be fired up on January 18. Amy and Dave are looking for contributions for their machine - and are asking you to bring down any old junk, objects or materials.

They will be fed into one end - and a new work of art will come out the other. As reported, Amy's latest creation was a mock-up pub inspired by the decline in traditional British watering hole.

Dave's work has been exhibited at venues across the city.

The Art Machine will go into operation at Arch 4 of the Arches Studios in Captain's Place from 7-9pm.

It will also be in operation from 12-4pm on January 19 and 20.

The artists will give a short introduction to the work at 7:30pm on January 18.

They said: "Bring along objects, materials and other junk - feed it into the Machine's mouth, wait for it to be digested and grab the art that's deposited at the other end. Marvel at its added value. Feel the cogs stir. "

But they advise that contributors are responsible for taking away the artwork afterwards as well - and added: "The machine isn't a dump.