Thursday, 6 November 2014

Conjunction: The Star of Shieldfield

COMMUNITY EVENT: Sunday 14 December, 3 - 5pm at The Holy Biscuit & Ouseburn Farm
EXHIBITION: 9 - 20 December at the Holy Biscuit, 11am - 4pm, Tuesday - Saturday

This December The Holy Biscuit is hosting an event and exhibition, exploring the themes of light synonymous with the Christmas season and linking them with the communities of Shieldfield and Ouseburn. Conjunction is the theory giving astronomical explanation to the star of Bethlehem, a powerful symbol of light and enduring image of Christmas. But could some real cosmic event have drawn wise men on a journey to witness the birth of a new king? This explanation for the event suggests that Saturn and Jupiter aligned three times in a short space of time to create something very unusual and spectacular.

Inspired by Conjunction Theory we are building a light installation of the star, and inviting people to come and add a light to make it brighter. Just as wise men followed the star, we would like to encourage local residents to come and see our star at The Holy Biscuit, and celebrate the community together at this special, nativity themed event. Our 'three wise men and women' will be represented by experts in the fields astronomy, the arts and faith. The exhibition will feature work from artist Katy Cole, currently exhibiting at BALTIC as part of They Used to Call it the Moonas well as contributions Northumbria University's Think Physics project and Dominic White, author of The Lost Knowledge of Christ: Contemporary Spiritualities, Christian Cosmology and the Arts. We are also encouraging members of the local community to respond to the themes of the exhibition, through the Painting for Fun class based at The Holy Biscuit and Caring Hands Charity, working with older and disabled people living in the East End of Newcastle. At the event itself we look forward to further interpretation by dancers from Eliot Smith Company. We will be partnering with Ouseburn Farm, as we 'follow the star' from the gallery down to Ouseburn Valley for a live nativity, complete with carol singing and authentic stable smells!

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