Weekend Exhibition + Tours

SAT 18 + SUN 19 NOV 11AM – 4:30PM The National Space Centre (NSC) in partnership with Greywood Arts and with support from Science Foundation Ireland will be hosting a centrepiece exhibition as part of SpaceFest for Science Week 2023.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the National Space Centre on this rare occasion when it is open to the public.

Greywood Arts will curate an exhibition of artwork depicting the relationships between humans and
space, created in the SpaceFest 2023 workshops and residencies.

  • SUPER: An immersive multi-media journey through outer space and into fantastic imagined worlds inhabited by dance performances around every corner. With imagination at its core, SUPER investigates the human desire to explore and invited the people of East Cork to envisage the planet of their dreams. Created by artists-in-residence Dahu Collective (FR) in collaboration with Dr. Niamh Shaw (Science Communicator) and Cormac O’Connor (video and projection artist). 
  • COMMON COSMOS: A joint exhibition featuring astrophotography from members of Cork Astronomy
    Club and Cork Astrophotography Club. While both clubs have been invited to participate in exhibitions
    locally, this will be their first joint exhibition and the largest audience for the works to date.
  • GALACTIC GOALS: We are asking diverse members of the public the key questions: “Why should humans
    go to space?” Presented as a video installation, we will also ask visitors to respond with their own
  • HELLO OUT THERE: Artwork created by Greywood’s space exploration STEAM programme in East Cork schools will be displayed as part of the exhibition along with a description of the scientific basis and art process behind their creations.
  • MATERIAL EXPLORATION BY EARTHLING ARTISTS: Cope Foundation afternoon and adult evening
    Wednesday workshop participants work utilising materials developed here on Earth for use in space.
  • CITIZEN CLOUDS: Clouds created in the Citizen Science workshop on SUNDAY 12TH will be displayed above visitors, hung from the infrastructure supporting The Big Dish.
  • CAMPUS TOURS: Take a guided tour of the National Space Centre campus, including the iconic 32-meter dish, weather permitting.

🔺 Accessibility: This year, for the first time, exhibitions will include QR code links for the visually impaired, providing audio descriptions for low and no vision visitors, low literacy visitors, and any visitors who learn best audibly. Entry to the NSC is via a door with a 1.5cm high ramp. Hallways, doorways and exhibition space are wheelchair friendly. Bathroom facilities are unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

Details & Booking:

  • Date: Saturday 18 or Sunday 19 November
  • Time: 30 minutes per ticketed booking, includes exhibit and tour
  • Location: National Space Centre, Elfordstown Earthstation, Midleton

Artist bios to follow