ARTIST TALK AND EXHIBITION OPENING
Saturday 8 February, 2:30pm
Admission free, no booking required. To mark the opening of the exhibition, join George Bolster for an informal chat to discuss the ideas and inspiration behind his work.
THE GALLERY AS A CLASSROOM (CPD FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS)
Friday 21 February 2020
Primary school teachers are invited to explore our You Are Made of Stardust exhibition by George Bolster and participate in a Continued Professional Development workshop led by artist Jane Fogarty. Teachers will enhance their artistic skills through discussions on art and a hands on printmaking workshop, experiencing the potential of the gallery context as an educational resource for the primary school curriculum, and how this can be applied to the classroom context. This workshop is suitable for teachers of all primary class years and has links to the print and drawing modules from the visual arts curriculum.
No prior art experience is necessary.
CONTACT (1997) CINEMA SCREENING
Thursday 27 February
Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey star in this gripping adaptation of Carl Sagan’s story of a radio astronomer who receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth. Foster’s character is based on Jill Tartar, a former director of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), where artist George Bolster developed large scale works that are on display in our Level 3 Gallery from 8 Feb – 20 March 2020.
This exhibition will be open 1 hour prior to screening for informal tours for those attending the film.
PRINTS OF STARDUST
Thursday 5 March (Secondary School Workshops)
This practical print workshop stimulates critical thinking and creativity by encouraging students to explore some of the themes evident in George Bolster's work, including our origins as a species and the possibilities of life outside our solar system. Following a 'Visual Thinking Strategies' tour of the exhibition questioning how Bolster expresses these themes artistically, students will respond by creating a panoramic textile panel using relief printmaking techniques. Facilitated by artist and educator Jane Fogarty this workshop is curriculum linked, promoting skills in print, drawing and design as well as critical thinking and expression.
Wednesday 11 March (Primary School Workshops)
Kepler 16b, the double-sunned planet that George Bolster has imagined in this exhibition is one of the Earth-like planets where life could be sustained. What if in the future you could travel to Kepler 16b? In this workshop students become the next generation of innovators and explorers, working together to design and build a shelter and communication devices to contact home from this mysterious planet! Exploring a blend of science fact and science fiction, this fun workshop with visual artist Anne Cradden uses recycled materials and combines practical activities such as collaboration, design, engineering, and construction with the imagination of storytelling and drama.
Please contact Visual Arts Facilitation & Public Engagement Officer Deirdre Rogers (deirdre. email@example.com) to arrange free gallery tours for school or public groups. Learning resources for Primary and Secondary groups are created for each exhibition and available on request when you visit or to download below