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 SKA as inspiration, 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. Submissions focused on five areas of scientific discovery: the birth of stars and galaxies; the mysteries of dark energy; alien life; the genius of Einstein; and giant magnetic fields in space. Over 2,300 entries met the challenge. There were submissions from all ages throughout Australia on a wide variety of artwork mediums.
The competition was judged in two age categories – '12 & under' and 'Open'. 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.