Seeing Stars Art Prize
Seeing Stars was a celebration of art and astronomy inspired by the world's largest telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which will be co-hosted here in Australia.
Using the inspiration of the SKA, artists and would-be artists were invited to create original pieces of artwork expressing the excitement and mystery of the SKA and its potential for discovery. Five areas of scientific discovery were provided as the focus of submissions: The birth of stars and galaxies; The mysteries of dark energy; Alien life; The genius of Einstein; and Giant magnetic fields of space. Over 2,300 entries met the challenge, with submissions from all ages throughout Australia and a wide variety of artwork mediums.
The competition was judged in two age categories – 12 & under category and the Open category. The judging panel selected 150 finalists for exhibition throughout National Science Week.
On Tuesday 13 August, the SKA Art Prize 2013 came to life with the opening of the Seeing Stars exhibition at the Yarra Gallery in Melbourne. The opening night was hosted by SKA Project Director, Professor Brian Boyle and the awards ceremony was presented by the Australian Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC.