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The Shared Sky art/astronomy exhibition gets launched in Perth

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A collaborative painting from Aboriginal Yamaji Artists from Western Australia and a collaborative quilt from South African indigenous artists exposed at the Shared Sky exhibition

Today, the international SKA project is launching Shared Sky – its international art/astronomy exhibition – at the John Curtin Gallery in Perth. Close to 500 guests are expected to attend the official opening of the exhibition, in what promises to be a unique and inspiring evening.

Shared Sky stems from a vision by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) to bring together Australian and South African artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s ancient cultural wisdom. This vision embodies the spirit of the international science and engineering collaboration that is the SKA project itself, bringing together many nations around two sites in Australia and South Africa to study the same sky.

The opening ceremony will be webcast from 11:30 UTC and can be followed through the following link:

http://skatel.org/SharedSky-launch_ia8Ke 

The event will feature an Aboriginal Welcome to Country and response from South African artists, as well as speeches by the Vice Chancellor of the Curtin University and Director General of the SKA Organisation, Prof. Philip Diamond, who will officially declare the exhibition opened.

The exhibition itself will be open to the public from Wednesday 1st October until Sunday 2nd November.

Shared Sky is presented by the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and sponsored by the SKA Organisation, SKA South Africa and SKA Australia, in collaboration with Curtin University’s Institute of Radio Astronomy and the John Curtin Gallery, and has been curated by Chris Malcolm, Director, John Curtin Gallery.

To learn more about the project, and the background of the Australian and South African artists, visit the webpage of the exhibition at skatelescope.org/shared-sky.

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