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Open Dome - Special: Exploring Skyscapes

An impression of Skyscape captured by Outsider Artist Collective.
Exhibitions | Public lectures

Explore what the intangible sky means to us through our Writing Skyscapes exhibition, talks and readings at Nottingham Contemporary together with Outsider Artist Collective, Dr D Harty (LU) and H McGhie (UoS).  Join us to see striking photography and touching poetry tempting you to contribute yourself to this project.

  • From: Friday 28 February 2020, 7 pm
  • To: Friday 28 February 2020, 9 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Friday 28 February 2020, 3.00 pm
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Event details

The sky is a source of inspiration and a frontier of exploration. As people we have engaged with it since we existed and continue to do so even in our current modern western society. Doing so, we have found many ways in which we express what the sky means to us (skyscape) through photography, poetry and drawings.

In collaboration with Nottingham Contemporary we are showing our Writing Skyscapes exhibition. This is a culmination of a two-day public writing workshop where participants explored new ways of engaging with the sky from multiple viewpoints and from both rural and urban perspectives. The work was led by researchers specialising in astronomy and literature from Nottingham Trent University as well as Outsider Artist Collective led by Pauline Woolley.

Images are drawn from skyscape inspired participants, artists, photographers and researchers from Nottingham and beyond, including Katherine Eva Young, Michael Beard, Pauline Woolley and Daniel Brown as well as the Hubble Heritage Project. Writing includes Holly Corfield Carr, Richard Hamblyn and Helen McGhie.

You will hear from skyscape explorers Dr D Harty (LU) and H McGhie (UoS) what the sky means for them as well as have a chance to create your own skyscape expressions in text and drawing.

Booking is required for this event. While attending, you consent to filming, photography, and sound recording – which may include you as a member of the audience – and its use in publication or advertising distribution, either printed or online, without payment or copyright.


The event will start at 7pm at the Nottingham Contemporary. Please ensure to arrive a bit earlier since ticketing checks are in place.

The events will start with impressions of different skyscapers:

  • 7:00 - 7:15 pm      Experiencing Skyscapes at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Dr D Harty (LU)
  • 7:15 - 7.30 pm      Immersive readings on Skyscape Poetry
  • 7:30 - 7:40 pm      How my practice includes Sky - H McGhie (UoS)

This will then be followed by participants exploring the exhibition and discussing with artist, as well as creating drawings and writings of skyscapes.

We will be closing the event at 9 pm.

Booking information

Please note that we can only book the exact amount of places as there are seats available.

If you are not attending and do not inform us of this before hand, you do stop others attending.

Only visitors that have booked online will be admitted to the event as this event is strictly ticketed and booking will be checked at entry.

Thank you for your consideration.

Location details


Nottingham Contemporary


Weekday Cross


Nottingham Contemporary is centrally located in Nottingham City Centre, on the edge of the historic Lace Market region of the city. It does not have any designated parking area. However, the nearest car park is Lace Market (sat nav NG1 1QE).
Given its central location, it is also well connected to a range of public transport.
Please check the Nottingham Contemporary website for further information.

Travel Info:

Nottingham Contemporary is centrally located in Nottingham City Centre, on the edge of the historic Lace Market region of the city. It is only a few minutes walk from the city’s shops and former Broadmarsh Shopping Centre. Look out for our iconic green and gold building.

It is easily accessible by tram, located by the Lace Market Tram Stop, only one stop (or a short walk) away from Nottingham Railway Station.

Catch any NCT Green Line bus, or the Citylink C1 from the Queen’s Drive Park and Ride.

The exact location is in latitude and longitude 52.950953, -1.145864, or via GoogleMaps.

More details can also be found at the Nottingham Contemporary website.

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