What is the aim?

To deliver a sculptural installation that becomes an intervention, a space, a platform, a shelter, a look-out for a series of artist’s residencies to take place. The intervention will be designed through a competition that encourages 

collaborations between artists, architects and engineers and students.

 

The Observatory is demountable and capable of being re-configured in order to be relocated to a number of sites. A comprehensive education and engagement programme runs alongside the Observatory project. This includes a breadth of school and community workshops, talks and outreach work with universities.

Lymington Salt Marshes, New Forest National Park

The area of salt marsh and mud flats between Lymington and Keyhaven is a haven for bird life throughout the year, and forms the internationally important Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve.

 

The sea wall is easily accessible and forms part of the Solent Way long distance footpath, passing alongside the  Georgian Town of Lymington and its historic Sea Water Baths (open air pool) and onwards to Keyhaven and the imposing Hurst Castle at the end of the shingle spit.

Winchester Science Centre

Winchester Science Centre sits at the westerley end of the South Downs on the outskirts of Winchester.

 

Uniquely combining a biodiverse landscape with bustling towns and villages, the South Downs National Park covers an area of over 1,600 km2 and is home to more than 110,400 people.

 

Recognised as an area of outstanding beauty, the South Downs is also home to a multitude of vibrant working communities steeped in history and traditional English culture, from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west to the market town of Lewes in the east.

 

Locations

 

Mottisfont, Nr Romsey.

Mottisfont is a 1600 acre estate in Hampshire, with an 800-year old building at its heart and a strong history of arts and culture. It is owned and managed by the National Trust and is famous for its walled rose garden and increasingly for its programme of exhibitions, artist residencies and commissions.

Buckler's Hard, Beaulieu.

Buckler's Hard is a hamlet situated on the banks of the Beaulieu River in Hampshire and is part of the 9,000 acre Beaulieu Estate. It was built by the second Duke of Montagu as a trading port.  Its geography also favoured the development of shipbuilding, with access to a sheltered but navigable waterway and timber for hulls readily available from the New Forest.