Nightskies exhibition

NIGHT SKIES: The Art of Deep Space   -- and other exhibitions

  The Sombrero Galaxy, NGC 4594

Science as Art? The spectacular astronomical photographs created by David Malin have been used in a remarkable variety of contexts. Now, the finest of these images have been drawn together into a series of exhibitions of his work that are on tour around the world.

A complete, permanent version is on display at the Liverpool Art Gallery and Museum in the UK and substantial parts of it have also been bought for permanent display by the London Science Museum, La Villete in Paris and the Centro Dantesco in Ravenna, Italy. Another version of the exhibition is currently in Cape Town, South Africa and other venues are being negotiated for Sweden and Korea. In April, 1998, a new version of "NightSkies: the Art of Deep Space" opened at the National Academy of Science in Washington, D.C, as part of the Academy's "Arts in the Academy" program. It will be on display in Washington from early April to the end of August, 1998. From there it will go to the Arthur Griffin Center of Photographic Art, Winchester, MA 01890, from November 2, 1998 to January 2, 1999. Thereafter it is free to travel to appropriate venues on request.

The forty photographs have been selected with the aim of bringing the hidden world of the Universe to as wide an audience as possible. These beautiful images of galaxies, stars and dusty clouds tell the story of the discovery and exploration of our galaxy and the birth and death of the stars that sustain it.

The pictures are mostly presented as 70 x 100cm colour prints, with some monochromes and a few smaller prints in groups. These are interspersed with three huge 1.8 x 2.5m prints and some small backlit transparencies. A complete list of the exhibition images and their dimensions is available on-line. All the images involved can also be viewed to approximately to scale on our virtual exhibition page.

This project began as collaboration between the Anglo-Australian Observatory (now the Australian Astronomical Observatory) and the British Council as part of the Council's 1997 newIMAGES program, a celebration of 50 years of the British Council in Australia. The Australian and UK exhibitions were curated by Eileen Slarke of the University of NSW, College of Fine Arts. Now, it has taken on a life of its own.

The UK opening was held at Australia House in London on 30 January, to great acclaim, while Barry Jones, MP opened the Australian exhibition at the Victorian Arts Centre in Melbourne on 21 March.

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(First UK edition of Nightskies, managed by the British Council in London)

1997, January 30 to February 28, Australian High Commission, London (included public lecture)
1997, March 16 to April 5, travers Theatre, Edinburgh Science Festival
1997, April 14 to May 2, University of Southampton (included public lecture)
1997, May 9 to June 8, Island Planetary & Astronomy Resources Centre, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
1997, June 13 to July 25, Exploratory Science Centre, Temple Meads, Bristol
1997, July 31 to August 23, Ormeau Baths Gallery, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1997, September 7 to 11, BAAS Annual Meeting, University of Leeds
1997, September 15 to 26, Satrosphere, Aberdeen
1997, October 3 to November 7 Techniquest, Cardiff
1997, November 14 to December 28, Liverpool Museum and Art Gallery (includes lecture)
           All of 1998, Liverpool Museum (second UK edition of of Nightskies, permanent collection)
1998, January and February Science Museum, London (included public lecture)
1998, March 7 to April 18, Focal Point Gallery, Southend
1998, April 27 to May 31, Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex
2000, June 22 to October, and October 26 to November 25, Australian Dreaming,Commonwealth Institute, London

(Nightskies Exhibition managed by the British Council in Sydney)

1997, March 21 to May 11 Victorian Arts Centre, St Kilda Road Foyer Gallery, Melbourne, (included public lecture)
1997, June 4 to 28 Presiding Officer's Gallery, New Parliament House, Canberra
1997, July 6 to August 10 The Australian Museum, College Street, Sydney, (included public lecture)
1997, August 26 to October 26 Queensland Science Centre, Brisbane, (included public lecture)
1997, November 6 to February 2 State Library of South Australia, Adelaide, (included public lecture)
1998, May 1 to May 31, Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, (included public lecture)
1998, June 12 to Agust 23, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, (included public lecture)
1998, Late July to August, Wangaratta
1998, October 23 to January 30, 1999 Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, University of Perth, WA, (included public lecture)
2000, June to July 23, Campbelltown Art Gallery, NSW.
2000, October 13 - November 12: Mosman Art Gallery and Community Centre
2001, January. Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sutherland
2001, February to March, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale

(Nightskies Exhibition managed by the British Council in Cape Town)

1998, 28 March to 5 April, Albany Musuem, Grahamstown SCIFEST (National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology)
1998, April, Umtata, Transkei
1998, May to July, Pietermaritzburg
1998, August 1 to 5, William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley
1998, From August 12, 1998 South African Museum, Cape Town (included public lecture)

(Two editions of the Nightskies exhibition, managed by The British Council, Delhi)

1998, February. Inaugural exhibitions in Delhi and Bombay (included public lectures).

(Two sets of the Nightskies exhibition, managed by The British Council, Beijing)

1998 October, Inaugural exhibitions in Beijing, one opened by Tony Blair (included public lectures)

(Nightskies exhibition managed by the National Academy of Sciences, Washington)

1998, April 7 to August 31, National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C.
1998, November 1 to January 2, 1999 Arthur Griffin Center for Photographic Art, Winchester, MA
1999, September 28, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC. (included public lecture)
2000, March 8 to August, Centro de Ciencias y Artes in San Pedro Garza, Garcia, Mexico.
2000, October 11 to February 25, 2001, The Newark Museum's Dreyfuss Planetarium (included public lecture)


1998, May 2 to June 20. Capturing Ancient Light Howard Schickler Fine Art Gallery, Broadway, New York
1999, September and October. The Invisible Universe Howard Schickler Fine Art Gallery, Broadway, New York
2001, March 28 to May 25. Approx. 20 works in Ancient Heavens - Large Scale Platinum Prints by David Malin. Edwynn Houk Gallery, 745, Fifth Avenue, New York, NY.


1999, September 14, Fifteen images in an exhibition at the Hamburg (Germany) headquarters of GEO Magazine, Hamburg, Germany. (included public lecture)
1999, June to October, six prints and slides in COSMOS exhibition, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Montreal
Exhibition travelled to Centre de Cultura Contemporania, Barcelona, November to February, 2000
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, March 2000).
2000, January 6 to March 31, two works in BEYOND APPEARANCES: Imagery in Science at the Millennium Paine Webber Art Gallery, New York.
2000, 5 August, 20 prints and back-lits in Cosmic Reflections in the Konsthall, Lund, Sweden.
2000, December 20 to February 17, 2001, 13 works in De la Terre, du Ciel et de la MerVille de Montpellier, France.
2001, 7 June to 14 July. Six works in Intersections of Art and Science and exhibition at the Ivan Dohery Gallery, University of New South Wales.
2001, February 10 to May 6. About 12 works in Space Odessey exhibition at Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
2001-2, 13 December to 26 May, National Museum of Australia and 27 June to 21 October, Melbourne Museum. Six large prints in To Mars and Beyond: Search for the Origins of Life. Details here.
2002, October 12 to 18. Contributions to Images from Science at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT -- USA), which has an on-line presence here and continues to travel.
2003, 10 January to 16 February. About nine works in the exhibition Spaced Out at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney.
2006, June 24 to November 26, 27 works in Traversing the Cosmos: Photographs by Folberg, NASA, Malin & Subaru Telescope in the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts K*MoPA, Yamanashi, Japan.
2007. October. 40 works in an exhibition at the Eugenides Foundation, Athens, Greece, in connection with the conference Communicating Astronomy with the Public 2007 held at the Athens Planetarium, from 8 October to ??
2008 February 28 to ?? 26 images in an exhibition at the Orange Regional Gallery, NSW. Australia.
2009, 8 May to 28 June, Monash Gallery of Art (Melbourne) and 8 September to 9 October at University of Technology Gallery, Sydney. Six works in Beyond Visibility: Light and Dust, with Felicity Spear and Gulumbu Yunupingu. More details here.
2009-10, September 11 to May 2010. From the Earth to the Universe (FETTU), an exhibition in connection with the International Year of Astronomy at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney. Curated by David Malin and Nick Lomb. The Sydney show contained six Malin works.

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