Workshops 2023

Would you like to find about accessing AI on your PC, or seeing robots in action?

Or see the skills of violin making and hear the resulting sound in the hands of a virtuoso?

Would you like to find out about Slovenian archaeology in Iron Age times and compare with Orkney?

Or perhaps go further back in time to find out how you can study the night sky in Orkney at the time that Maeshowe was built?

You might also like the opportunity to learn the skills of wildlife photography from a professional – or simply walk along an Orkney beach with an artist and a walker and see how you might explore the art of wind and wave.

For all these possibilities, read on below!

WORKSHOP: THE ART OF WIND AND WAVE

September 8, 2023 → 11:00 am12:00 pm

Join artist Lin Chau and horticulturist Elizabeth Woodcock for a wellbeing workshop on Scapa beach where each participant will bring their own art materials. We’ll seek to enjoy the world of the shore, listening to the wind and the waves and the seabirds, and creating through drawing and poetry. All abilities welcome.

WORKSHOP: LIVING ON THE ANCIENT HILLTOPS

September 8, 2023 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm

Settlement in Slovenia from early times has been in lowland areas – but a big shift seems to have happened in the 4th-6th centuries AD, with archaeological evidence showing a move to higher ground. But why? Archaeologist Dr Tina Milavec shows images from various sites and explores possible explanations.

WORKSHOP: SHADOWS OF THE ANCIENT LAKE

September 8, 2023 → 4:00 pm5:00 pm

Explore the fossilised remains of Lake Orcadie’s ancient fish and work together with artist Mary Grieve to help create a shoal of shadows, designing and building a shadow puppet fish to recreate the water world of Devonian times, in an era before life came ashore leading to reptiles, birds, mammals and us.

WORKSHOP: AI ON YOUR PC

September 9, 2023 → 10:30 am12:00 pm

What is AI, where is it going? Here's an introduction from Dr Matjaž Vidmar of Edinburgh University. This event is now a drop-in activity, part of the Family Day, with no additional charge. It's an opportunity for just about all ages to find out more about AI and to put questions to Matjaž - and some of his intelligent friends!

WORKSHOP: AI ON YOUR PC

September 9, 2023 → 2:00 pm3:30 pm

What is AI, where is it going – and can we make use of it in rural and island areas? Here's an introduction from Dr Matjaž Vidmar of Edinburgh University, who uses AI for his work bridging space technology, art and innovation. The workshop takes place in one of the KGS computer rooms, or you are welcome to bring along your own laptop. Numbers limited to 15: booking essential.

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

September 9, 2023 → 3:00 pm4:30 pm

Award-winning photographer Richard Shucksmith shows you how to take stunning wildlife photos, with the help of the birds at the Skaill House Falconry Centre. Numbers restricted to 10, booking essential.

WORKSHOP: SHADOWS OF THE ANCIENT LAKE

September 10, 2023 → 2:30 pm4:00 pm

Explore the fossilised remains of Lake Orcadie’s ancient fish and work together with artist Mary Grieve to help create a shoal of shadows, designing and building a shadow puppet fish to recreate the water world of Devonian times, in an era before life came ashore leading to reptiles, birds, mammals and us.

WORKSHOP: CHECKING ALIGNMENTS WITH STELLARIUM

September 10, 2023 → 5:00 pm6:30 pm

Dave Craig explains the nuts and bolts of how Stellarium was used in his recent investigation Why is Maeshowe Squint? This, he says, will help citizen scientists or archaeologists to investigate Maeshowe or other potential alignments themselves. “There will be a particular focus on accuracy and simplicity. If you want, bring along your own laptop with Stellarium and/or Google Earth Pro already installed.

WORKSHOP: OBSERVING THE SUN SAFELY

September 11, 2023 → 10:30 am11:30 am

An introduction to the equipment you need, and how to use it, and what to see, such as sunspots and prominences. Callum Potter of the British Astronomical Association describes how to find things and how to draw and record them and the fascinating range of phenomena you can observe.

WORKSHOP: BECOMING AN AMATEUR ASTRONOMER

September 11, 2023 → 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Callum Potter of the British Astronomical Association introduces the basics of using equipment. If you don’t have a telescope, he will show some examples and advise about choosing and using one. If you do have a telescope, bring it along and find out how to get the most out of it.

ROBOTS AFTER DARK

September 11, 2023 → 7:00 pm10:00 pm

Try out some of the latest robot technology with the team from the National Robotarium in Edinburgh and several of their favourite robots. Enjoy activities and discussions to explore how humans interact with robots and meet some of the people developing the technology for the future.

THE CYBERFRAUD ROADSHOW

September 12, 2023 → 9:30 am11:30 am

It's an increasing worry for businesses and public sector organisations - and the Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland has been established to meet it. It offers services available nowhere else, to reduce threats and recover from attacks. This morning's session is targeted for public sector organisations.

THE CYBERFRAUD ROADSHOW

September 12, 2023 → 1:30 pm3:30 pm

It's an increasing worry for businesses and public sector organisations - and the Cyber and Fraud Centre Scotland has been established to meet it. It offers services available nowhere else, to reduce threats and recover from attacks. This afternoon’s session is targeted for businesses.

WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING VIOLIN MAKING

September 13, 2023 → 11:00 am12:00 pm

Hear and see at first hand what's involved, from the tools and the skills to the finished instrument's unique personality. Orkney violin maker Colin Tulloch, with his son Findlay, describes the process, and violinist Charlotte Rowan explores the sound with examples from her musical repertoire.

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