In April 2006 the Institute of Astronomy hosted Astroblast , a Space and Astronomy day for all ages, organised by Green Witch. There were talks, trade stands, a planetarium, rocketry experiments, art activities for children, book signings, meteorites, amateur astronomical societies...
In April 2007 the Institute of Astronomy hosted Astroblast , a Space and Astronomy day for all ages, organised by Green Witch. There were talks, trade stands, a planetarium, rocketry experiments, art activities for children, book signings, meteorites, amateur astronomical societies...
The Institute of Astronomy celebrated the 2006 The Big Draw by holding two creative astronomy-inspired workshops with the artist Issam Kourbaj. We had great fun drawing in three dimensions, and experimenting with ideas about buoyancy, transparency, reflection, textures and light. Thanks to everyone who came along and helped make it such a memorable day!
Despite the snow, we all had a great time at our Open Afternoon during the Science Festival!
We held three creative Astronomy-inspired workshops with the artist Issam Kourbaj at the Institute of Astronomy in June 2006. We used a range of media to create informal exhibits.
Past: on Sunday 11th June Your image of the Universe – We reflected on and portrayed our individual interpretations of the Universe.
Present: on Sunday 18th June Bringing the further closer – We investigated the role of darkness and light, of lensing, shadows, reflection, transparency and focus.
Future: on Sunday 25th June What does the real Universe look like? – We encapsulated aspects of both our Solar System and a wider cosmology.
Reflections on symmetry and shape. An interdisciplinary workshop was held in May 2008 as part of Kettle's Yard Beyond Measure exhibition. The artist Claude Heath and the astronomer Carolin Crawford responded to the exhibition, focussing in on a shared interest in natural pattern, textures, and and symmetries produced by repetition and chance. We then made work in response to Robert Morris's four mirrored cubes, Untitled 1965/71, which is currently installed in the chapel adjacent to Kettle's Yard.
On Sunday 16th March 2008 we held two creative science-arts workshops on the theme of The Planets as part of the 2008 Cambridge Science Festival. The astronomer Carolin Crawford gave a short illustrated talk about the planets for inspiration; then Issam Kourbaj then responded from the perspective of an artist, and guided participants in generating their own textural collages of planets in our Solar System (and elsewhere!) Have a look at the photos of some of the fantastic planets created and all the artists hard at work!