Observatory Releases Two Creativity Month Videos

The Armagh Observatory's contributions to this year's Creativity Month 2015, which took place during March 2015, included wider public understanding of the exceptionally deep Solar Eclipse that occurred on 20th March, and the launch on 19th March of the first permanent aroundNorth outdoor installation - a novel multi-speaker sound composition by award-winning sound artist and musician, Robert Jarvis.

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Eclipse captured by Ruxandra Toma. Image taken through the finder telescope of the ART

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In addition to arranging a special St Patrick's Day public lecture on the solar eclipse, delivered by Dr Eamon Scullion (Trinity College Dublin), staff and students at the Observatory also observed the effects of the eclipse at optical and radio wavelengths. Click on the link below to see the first video, produced by Ben Tucker.


Solar Eclipse 2015

Students from the Royal School Armagh and St Cecilia's College, Derry, were able to measure the changing brightness of the sky during the period of the eclipse. Despite inclement weather, Dr Maria Madjarsa (Leverhulme Researcher, Armagh Observatory) delivered a schools lecture on the Sun to an audience of more than 250 pupils from St. Cecilia's College and three other schools in the North-West.

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Around North Installation

A portable version of the permanent aroundNorth sonic-art installation was taken to a number of evocative locations around Northern Ireland during the ten days surrounding the official launch of the new installation in the Observatory Grounds.

As part of Creativity Month 2015 the Observatory arranged for a video record of these events. The two new videos showed the solar eclipse and related outreach activities of the Observatory during March 2015, and the tour of the portable version of aroundNorth covering different locations in Northern Ireland.


aroundNorth Tour 2015
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aroundNorth Permanent Installation
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Click on the Images to see the aroundNorth videos, produced by Julie McGowan and Robert Jarvis.

aroundNorth is a product of the Beyond Borders programme, a co-commissioning and touring programme run in partnership with PRS for Music Foundation, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland, the Arts Council of Wales and Colwinston Trust. Beyond Borders stimulates collaboration between organisations in England, Northern lreland, Scotland and Wales and enables music creators to produce exceptional new material to be performed in at least two UK countries. aroundNorth provides new links between art and science, music and outdoor culture. It makes a tangible contribution to the Northern Ireland Executive's Innovation Strategy, supporting creativity across science and the arts and strengthening the traditional Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) agenda by including Art, and so supporting the Executive's 'STEAM' strategy.

The Observatory's involvement in Creativity Month 2015 was supported by funding from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. Events in Londonderry were also supported by the DCAL's North West Social and Economic Development programme. The Observatory thanks all those involved in these active elements of public engagement, especially the principals and teachers of the Royal School Armagh and St Cecilia's College, Derry; the lecturers who delivered interesting and well attended public lectures and Robert Jarvis and the PRS for Music Foundation for creating and supporting the production of aroundNorth


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Last Revised: 2015 June 4th