Photograph taken through the telescope at the North Pennines community observatory.
I was fortunate enough to be selected for the BEYOND open door residency programme organised by Alan Smith and Helen Ratcliffe at Allenheads Contemporary Arts in Northumberland. The project brings together a number of artists who are interested in exploring what might be suggested by ‘the beyond’ whilst exploiting the facilities of the community observatory situated behind the arts centre and in the ‘dark skies’ of the North Pennines. The introductory weekend included demonstrations, talks, discussions and short presentations. Most of the time, however, was spent chatting, laughing (eating & drinking) and discussing all manner of scientific, technical, pagan, mythical and wondrous interpretations of the astronomical. Special thanks to Alan and Helen for a lively and exhausting few days – I shall post a bit more on the manner in which these subjects will impact on my work when I’ve had time to think about it!