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Sean Harris

My residency in the Observatory - at Winchester Science Centre - presented me with time to (as the snappy strap line suggests!) both look in and look out at a point in my career when I had a lot of experience to sort out and process. In this, it was an invaluable opportunity that helped me to define my work and what I wanted to achieve with it. When I cast an eye over what I've done since, I believe this has had a beneficial impact on communities in Wales, England and beyond, in that the modus I evolved in the Observatory has been at the heart of recent work concerned with enabling people of all ages to better understand - and perhaps therefore 'reconnect' - with the natural environment. It's impossible to overstate the importance of 'reflective practice' - as the Arts Council of Wales acknowledges in its Lead Creative Schools scheme, which is central to the Welsh Governments drive to produce a generation of creative thinkers who will ultimately 
benefit industry. The ethos of the Observatory isn't a societal luxury - it's a necessity.

 

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Video
These short video clips are taken from the screening of Sean's animated work at Winchester Science Centre. Using projections onto fabric suspended between the Observatory structures and live musicians playing inside the Observatory created a magical atmosphere. 

 

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