Kielder Observatory
Monday, February 7, 2022
04:00 PM
Black Fell, Off Shilling Pot, Kielder, Northumberland, NE48 1EJ
North East England
Kielder Observatory, Northumberland

Join this event where you’ll be taken on a visual journey from light to imaginative darkness, through an arts talk and opportunities to creatively contemplate the cosmos, including a ’sonified image’ sound walk experience. Our special guest tonight is Helen McGhie, who is a photographic artist working with Kielder Observatory on her PhD research, and we’re excited to share her project and artworks with you.


Date: Monday 7th February 2022, 4pm – 7pm
Tickets: £23 – £25 (incl. Gift Aid)

The event will also include a full tour of the observatory, and we’ll show you all of our equipment and how it works. If it’s clear, we’ll squeeze in some observing through our telescopes and outside, but the focus of the event will be experiencing the artworks in our unique dark skies location.

During the evening you will be treated to a hot drink of either tea, coffee or our famous hot chocolate as well as having the opportunity to shop in our small gift shop.

Helen McGhie is a photographic artist and researcher based in Greater Manchester (UK). Her work explores photographic encounters with the unseen. She is Senior Lecturer in Photography at the Northern Centre of Photography, University of Sunderland and is currently working on an arts-based PhD exploring encounters with dark skies at Kielder Observatory, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Kielder Observatory is a public astronomical observatory located in Northumberland and Kielder Water and Forest International Dark Sky Park, the second-largest area (nearly 580 square miles) of protected night sky in Europe, given this status by the International Dark Skies Association, the leading international organisation working to combat light pollution worldwide. The CPRE ranks Kielder as the best place to see the stars in the UK. Learn more about the dark skies at Kielder here.