‘Beatrice Works’ Education Programme With Caithness Horizons
31st March 2013
We’re planning an ambitious programme of events to complement this Summer’s major exhibition in our Gallery.
During May and June, Sutherland based artist Sue Jane Taylor will be joined by Caithness STEM Ambassadors to work with young people from Caithness and North Sutherland schools, exploring how current developments in renewable technology are making an impact locally as well as nationally and internationally. Local companies and harbours – as well as personnel from key wind/wave/tidal energy projects - are being generous with their time, allowing access to a range of engineering sites and operations, and engaging in workshops with school pupils.
Guided by Sue Jane Taylor and her years of experience documenting in art some of Scotland’s biggest industrial engineering projects on and offshore, pupils will then create their own artistic documentary of their site visits. They will be encouraged to see the human and environmental as well as well as the technical impact of the contemporary quest for energy production. Each school group will spend a follow-up day with the artist, working up sketches and notes into prints which will then be exhibited in our Café during July.
The ‘Beatrice Works’ education programme begins on 8th June with the exhibition launch, and a presentation by Professor Stuart Gibb, Principal of North Highland College’s Environmental Research Institute [ERI]. Our ‘Beatrice Works’ family day will offer hands-on activities led by ERI and STEM Ambassadors, as well as the chance to try print-making with Sue Jane Taylor.
Drawing the exhibition and the education programme to a close at the end of August will be a presentation organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Speaker will be Allan MacAskill, who conceived and developed the Beatrice Demonstrator Project, the two offshore wind turbines that supply energy for the Beatrice Oil Field off the Latheron coast, here in Caithness.
As the race gears up to try and satisfy the world’s thirst for energy, Caithness’s wind, wave and tidal resources are attractive to developers. We hope our education programme will inform, inspire and entertain while local plans evolve.
Scotland welcomes the world for the Year of Homecoming 2014. Homecoming Scotland 2014 offers a year-long programme of events celebrating the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage.
Cafe Exhibitions Meg Telfer & Rhona Graham November Until the end of November these two local artists will be exhibiting their work in the Gallery Cafe. Christmas Exhibition December Throughout the whole of December an exhibition of small works by local artists will be on show.
Petr's Pals Curators Club for youngsters is getting popular and priority is given to them for events. Book early for your children if you want them to attend.
Exhibitions Sue Jane Taylor “Beatrice Works” Exhibition Temporary Exhibition Gallery Until 22nd August The “Beatrice Works” exhibition is open until 22nd August so if you haven’t already been to see it make sure you don’t miss your chance! Thurso Gala: Children’s Art Competition Exhibition Cafe Throughout August Throughout August the Thurso Gala children’s art competition entries will be brightening up our Cafe walls. Do come and have a look at the fantastic work that is on display.
MUSEUM PROJECTS TO RECEIVE Ł300K INVESTMENT ANNOUNCED. A new roof, Homecoming 2014 events, collection redisplays, enhanced security and marketing training and support are some of the benefits to come from Museums Galleries Scotland’s new Strategic Investment Fund.
“Inaugural Meeting of the Great Guild of Museologists” Museums at Night is Culture24's UK-wide festival of inspiring after hours cultural events in Museums and Galleries. It runs from Thursday 16th May until Saturday 18th May 2013.
Stroma Visit - Saturday 10th August 2013 Last year we organised a visit to Stroma, prompted by interest from the Islands Book Trust, and readers of their book Stroma, published in 2010. Taking the abandoned island as its subject, the book features photos by Roddie Ritchie, with poetry by Caithness writer George Gunn.
April Exhibition of paintings inspired by the Caithness landscape by local artist Tom Newton. 21st April—Peter’s Pals session on Museum Pests with fibre artist Joanne B Kaar.
On 19th and 20th January Caithness Horizons will be launching a new initiative called "Peter's Pals" a Young Curators Club for children aged between 8 and 12 years old. Led by “Peter” the Museum’s mascot who is a Little Penguin (scientific name: Eudyptula minor) and the Museum Curator “Peter’s Pal’s” will meet regularly (once a month apart from at Christmas and during the summer holidays) to investigate the Museum Collection; participate in workshops to learn new skills relating to the Museum’s Collection.
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