AN ASTRONOMICAL PATCHWORK QUILT

St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall: Thurs 5-Wed 11, 0900-1300, 1400-1700, except Sun 8 Sept

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 story of the making of the quilt is told in this video with the Society’s Librarian and Archivist, Dr Sian Prosser.

Visit made possible through support from the Royal Astronomical Society

MORE EXHIBITIONS:

  • Atrium, Balfour hospital, Kirkwall 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 name Fortitudo comes from the family motto Fortitudine vincimus (‘By endurance we conquer’), which also gave rise to the name

  • 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.

  • Three exhibitions are woven together in the gallery near the harbour front. Mother of the Sea was inspired by the work of Dr Kathleen Drew Baker (1901-1957), revered in Japan for her work on the life cycle of the seaweed known in Wales as laver (Japanese nori). It will include over a dozen artists who work with seaweed in printmaking, photography, painting, textiles and sculpture and is spread between here and the Northlight Gallery in Stromness, and the seaweed theme will be featured in Skaill House on Sunday 8. ..

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