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The Starry Messenger at Compton Verney - runs until Sept.

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:14 pm
by Guy Fennimore

JULY 7th TO SEPTEMBER 10th 2006

In 1610 Galileo viewed the sky through his newly invented telescope and his observations marked a major turning-point in the way that we viewed the world. The Starry Messenger looks at artists' visions of the universe and its continuing influence on the imagination. The exhibition brings together historical and contemporary work exploring the way in which science and technology shape the way we think about the world. It begins with Galileo's book Sidereus Nuncius (the Starry Messenger), his subsequent meeting with poet John Milton as described in Paradise Lost, and ranges through the years to the modern age.

The exhibition includes paintings, drawings, photography, music, sculpture and large-scale video installations, as well as a collection of science fiction magazines. Among the many artists included is SPA member David A Hardy.

A number of events are taking place at Compton Verney in association with the exhibition, including:

TALK: Birth, Life and Death of Stars and Planets (John Mason) 7pm Thursday July 20th.

TALK: Galileo, the Telescope, and a New World in the Moon (Allan Chapman) 7 pm Thursday August 10th.

OUTDOOR SCREENING: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 8 pm Saturday September 2nd.

Interactive workshops for young people, families, and adults are also being run.

Compton Verney House is 7 miles east of Stratford-upon-Avon. Full details of the venue and all the events including admission prices are available at

Re: The Starry Messenger at Compton Verney - runs until Sept

Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 4:27 pm
by joe
Guy Fennimore wrote:OUTDOOR SCREENING: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), 8 pm Saturday September 2nd.
Whoever thought of that deserves a pat on the back. Oh, the talks look good too. :wink: