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EBBAN AN’ FLOWAN

September 6, 2018 → 9:30 am10:30 am

OPENING LUNCH & TALKS: FISHING FOR THE FUTURE

September 6, 2018 → 12:00 pm1:30 pm

THE BLUE ECONOMY

September 6, 2018 → 3:00 pm4:00 pm

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MOTHER OF THE SEA (海の母)

By |June 12th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

More images inspired by the influence of Dr Kathleen Drew Baker on the Japanese seaweed industry. It will include over a dozen artists who work with seaweed in printmaking, photography, painting, textiles and sculpture. Among them are Alison Clark, Alison Moore, Ingrid Budge, Megumi Barrington Uenoyama, Yvonne Harcus, Julia Lohmann, Mollie Goldstrom & William Arnold, Rebecca Marr, Ami Robb and Ingrid Stout.

SURF & TURF

By |June 12th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

Three exhibitions are woven together in the gallery near the harbour front. Mother of the Sea is linked to the Northlight Gallery exhibition. A Fragile Correspondence was commissioned by Scotland + Venice to bring writers, artists and architects together to look at language and landscape, including Orkney’s seashore and the vanished Orkney Norn language. Earthbound Orkney features techniques of building in earth and stone in the Orcadian Neolithic.

SHORE LIFE AND SEAWEED

By |June 12th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

“The shore dweller has companionship with the free world of nature,” wrote the Orkney poet and shell expert Robert Rendall. “There is always life and movement, birds flying about, waves breaking, salt winds blowing, an occasional seal in the bay, seapinks and other flowers giving colour to the foreshore.” The Orkney shore, its beaches and rock pools, and the life around it, forms the theme for this year’s Orkney Camera Club exhibition.

COMETS

By |June 10th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

A new introductory display created by Callum Potter, former president of the British Astronomical Society. Great Comets which are easily visible to the casual viewer are rare, but there are now thousands known to reside around our solar system. The display depicts comets in history from Halley to Neowise, along with the science behind comets, space missions to comets, and photographs of comets in the 20th and 21st century.

AN IMPERFECT ACCOUNT OF A COMET

By |June 10th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

Photographic glass plates of stars, with words and music, show night sky discoveries of the 18th-century astronomer Caroline Herschel. In the background you can hear a recording of her own words, interwoven with specially created music. The audiovisual installation was created by the Orkney artist Lynda Laird while working as artist-in-residence for the Royal Astronomical Society through its bicentennial year of 2020.

AN ASTRONOMICAL PATCHWORK QUILT

By |June 10th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

From the Carina Nebula to the Starburst Galaxy, from the Nebra Sky Disk to the James Webb telescope: 100 artwork squares were created around the world and stitched together for the Royal Astronomical Society’s 200th birthday in 2020. The quilt has been specially brought to Orkeny by the RAS, for display in the Cathedral..

FORTITUDO

By |June 10th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

Paintings by the Italian artist Paola Folicaldi Suh of the Shackleton Antarctic expedition of 1914-17, in this 150th anniversary year of the birth of Sir Ernest Shackleton. The paintings, developed from the photographs and diaries of expedition photographer Frank Hurley, are on canvases made with upholstery fabrics.

Victoria Crowe: Touching the Surface

By |June 10th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

—the Orkney Paintings. Victoria Crowe, renowned for her landscapes and portraits of subjects including Professor Peter Higgs, made two trips to Orkney as part of her Royal Scottish Academy/Pier Arts Centre Residency award in 2022. She looked specifically at the contrasting light around the summer and winter solstice, the two most extreme periods of the celestial cycle.

NESS OF BRODGAR: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

By |June 10th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

Looking back at two decades of excavation – and ahead to the project’s next phase, analysing, interpreting and publishing. Timed to mark the final season of excavation, this exhibition, the biggest in the Museum’s history, features hundreds of finds from the Ness never before displayed in public.

MINERAL MINDS: ORKNEY GEOLOGISTS UNDER THE MICROSCOPE

By |June 10th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

Ted Kellock was an amateur geologist whose superb rock slide collection is looked after at the Museum. Matthew Forster Heddle, born and brought up in Hoy, was Scotland's greatest ever mineralogist. Dounby Primary School P6-7 have curated a section of the exhibition themselves, with input from textile designer Kirsteen Stewart and jewellery designer Sheila Fleet.

ORKNEY WIRELESS MUSEUM

By |June 9th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

From a crystal set to a U-boat radio, the Museum is a treasure chest of radio and social history. You can see early thermionic valve radios, and also Orkney’s first jukebox. There is the transmitter that sent wartime messages in Morse Code from Holm to Bomber and Coastal Command, and the Morse key that linked North Ronaldsay to the outside world through all weathers from before World War I.

Talks 2024

By |June 7th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

Living on the Moon, and finding how gold is formed amongst the stars. The story of the Pentland Firth and its currents, and the fulmars on Eynhallow. The science of superheroes, and the superpowers of sea creatures. The power of music to help with health. How lifeboats are designed, and the story of the transatlantic telegraph cable. How people around the world are finding environmental solutions – from expanding fish habitats in Japan to protecting coral reefs in Malaysia, from solar power in Africa to new marine energy horizons in Orkney. How Kirkwall Town Council brought in mains electricity 100 years ago, and how Orkney County Council helped North Sea oil flow 50 years later.

Exhibitions 2024

By |June 7th, 2024|Categories: |Tags: |

This year’s exhibition themes range from earth to sky. There is the story of two Orkney geologists, and paintings of an Antarctic journey through ice floes and mountainous seas. There are star plates to show the night sky discoveries of comets, and a patchwork quilt to mark a famous bicentenary. There are images of shore life and seaweed, and links for language and landscape, and of building in Orkney earth and stone – and there is a look at the years of discovery at the Ness of Brodgar.

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