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Durham University

Science Outreach

Ogden Centre Art Commision

Art commission for Durham University’s new Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics: Changing Cosmic Perceptions

This collaborative project unites pupils and teachers from Byerley Park Primary, Newton Aycliffe & Brambles Primary Academy, Middlesbrough with artist Mel Connell and researchers at Durham University’s Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics.

Following the pupils’ ideas, questions and curiosity, the team have been on a creative exploration of how we view, examine, realise and imagine our cosmos. Together, the team have explored some of the biggest mysteries of the cosmos, centred around three big themes of ‘The Observers: Looking at things in different ways’; The Creators: Building things to help us’; and The Dreamers; Considering and imagining’.

In-school workshops, digital storytelling and visits to the iconic new Ogden Centre have supported the team in generating even more questions, and to examine creatively our personal responses to these big themes.

The project is culminating in a final artwork that will be exhibited in the heart of the Ogden Centre.

The project has been supported by many partners in many ways including Business Durham, Edge Gain Ltd, Durham Creatives, The Institute of Physics, Greenfield Arts, STFC, The Ogden Trust, Creative Fuse NE, Niven Architects, Culture Bridge North East, Polyphotonix, Helen Schell & Helen Mason.

The artwork is due to be unveiled in June 2019. Watch this space for further updates!

For more information contact Lorraine whose details can be found on the right hand side of the page.


For more information please contact:

Dr. Lorraine Coghill
Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 42288