Festival of Deep Time

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Join researchers from Universities of Cambridge, Falmouth, Brunel, Glasgow and University College London for a Festival of ‘Deep Time’. The Festival will take place over three days from 21 to 23 April 2017 at the Pier Arts Centre, and in and around Stromness. Events include an open studio exhibition with work by Anne Bevan, a public walk, talks, workshops and a storytelling event.

The Festival kicks off at 7pm on Friday 21 April with a talk by anthropologist Richard Irvine on the work of poet and natural historian, Robert Rendall. This is followed by a wine reception and exhibition preview.

On Saturday 22 April there will be a workshop at the Pier Arts Centre about landscape change in the past, present and future, with geologist Carina Fearnley, and paleoecologist, Lourdes López-Merino, and a drop-in workshop for families inspired by the work of filmmaker and poet Margaret Tait. From 7-9pm on Saturday, the ‘Deep Time in a Glass’ event explores the stratigraphy of peat through all the senses, with participation from Highland Park distillery.

Join the final day of the Festival on Sunday 23 April, for a walk with the research team and artist Anne Bevan along the West Shore, exploring how deep time is part of our everyday lives. This event is followed by an evening of stories about the changing identity of the islands through its archaeology, with archaeologists Jane Downes and Tony Krus.

Niamh Downing, Principal Investigator on the project said “We’re delighted to be hosting the Deep Time Festival at The Pier Arts Centre which is an ideal space in which to bring together reflections on the human experience of Deep Time from a range of artistic and scientific perspectives.”

Pier Arts Centre Education Officer Carol Dunbar said “It’s great to welcome the research team back to Orkney. We are looking forward to participating in the Festival and the opportunity to bring community engagement and academic research together in this interesting and relevant project.”

For full details of the Festival please see www.pierartscentre.com.  For all events except the drop-in workshop, please book a place at the Pier Arts Centre 01856 850209. All events are free. More information about the ‘Beside the Ocean of Time’ project can be found at www.oceanoftime.uk

The Pier Arts Centre is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am – 5.00pm. Admission is free.