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Children and local artist create ‘cosmic’ art for Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics

(3 July 2019)

Why are we all here? How did the Universe begin? What is its ultimate fate? These were some of the big questions that school children, a local artist and some of our physics researchers explored when they got together to create a new piece of art for our Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

Changing Cosmic Perceptions: An exploration of our Universe

We’re proud to have some of the world’s best astronomers and cosmologists here in Durham, and they had great fun exploring their research with children from schools in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, and Middlesbrough.

Through the ‘Changing Cosmic Perceptions: An exploration of our Universe’ project, around 60 year five pupils turned what they had learned into paintings and computer-based images.

Then Mel Connell, a North East artist, helped turn those ideas into three large panels of space-themed art, which are now on display at the Ogden Centre.

How did it go?

When we do science in schools, we often find that children are fascinated by the big questions of space and time. So we wanted to create an opportunity for children, a local artist and some of our physicists to think creatively about these issues.

It has been wonderful to see the children’s first ideas develop into a stunning piece of art – which we’re very pleased and privileged to have on show.

Brambles Primary Academy said their pupils had really enjoyed meeting our researchers and being able to ask their questions; and many pupils had been inspired to go away and find out more.