The North Pennines Observatory @Allenheads Contemporary Arts
The winners of the architectural design competition Katie Fisher, Noor Jan-Mohamed and Becky Wise
or call +44 796625727
Photograph Andrew Gray
In 2015 discussions began for a partnership project between ACA and the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to build a community observatory at ACA's venue The Old Schoolhouse.
In line with ACA's history of innovative projects, creative director Alan Smith suggested an architectural competition and contacted Tim Bailey of Xsite Architecture. A meeting followed with Fiona Knox of the AONB and so the project began.
An architectural design competition was overseen by Tim and students at Newcastle and Northumbria Universities were invited to submit their designs.
Students from Newcastle University Katie Fisher, Noor Jan-Mohamed and Becky Wise were winners of the competition.
ACA the UK’s only arts venue with an astronomical observatory will present an extensive programme of research residencies, exhibitions, public events and workshops.