Great article in the December issue of The Northumbrian

ANTHONY TOOLE sees how art and astronomy have been successfully combined with the opening of a new observatory in Allenheads.

The North Pennines Observatory @Allenheads  Contemporary Arts

The winners of the architectural design competition Katie Fisher, Noor Jan-Mohamed and Becky Wise

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's current project Continuum is an interdisciplinary programme of contemporary art which aims to connect the arts and sciences via the conduit of speculative literature and science fiction.

 

ACA the UK’s only arts venue with an astronomical observatory will present an extensive programme of research residencies, exhibitions, public events and workshops.

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