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For the last three weeks, the Whistle Art Stop has been a hive of activity based on planets, stars and everything in the universe! We have been working with the Northumberland NationalPark to inspire art through astronomy and make us aware of the amazing dark skies that make this one of the best places in the world to stargaze.

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Astronomer, Emma Guerrero is working with us to inspire a creative reponse to the amazing Dark Skies that are right here in Haltwhistle. On Saturday 12th Jan, Emma did a talk at the Whistle Art Stop to a packed audience and then lead a stargazing session at Cawfields. Lots of very excited (and very cold) children and adults who all agreed it was amazing. This was followed the next week by a talk on Art and Astronomy by artist, Alison Raimes, whose own art practice is based around micro and macro cosmic imagery.

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On the 12th Jan, we went to Cawfields and Emma showed us all the things she had talked about in the morning. Despite a freezing cold night, everyone was so engaged and came away buzzing with ideas and a thirst for more.

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We have two more workshops left in this course –  2nd Feb, and 9th Feb. 10-1pm ages 4-11yrs old and then 2-5pm for ages 12-18+. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL! At the end of the workshops, we will have an exhibition of the work done – expect a walk in universe! Mirrors, hanging stars, moving comets … they are all under construction.

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