COMETS

Town Hall, Kirkwall: Thurs 5-Tues 10, 0900-1600, closed Sun 8 Sept

A new introductory display created by Callum Potter, former president of the British Astronomical Society. Comets have fascinated humans since time immemorial, and often thought to be the portents of doom. 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.

Funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council

MORE EXHIBITIONS:

  • 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. ..

  • 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

AN IMPERFECT ACCOUNT OF A COMET
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