Shared Sky Opens For Display At The European Commission

Shared Sky Opens For Display At The European Commission

Brussels, Wednesday 18 April 2018 – The Square Kilometre Array’s Indigenous Astronomy Art Exhibition, Shared Sky, opened in Brussels on Monday for its first major exhibition of 2018. The exhibition is on display at the European Commission Headquarters under the auspices of Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

Representatives from the embassies of Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, and South Africa to the EU, along with SKA Board members, senior officials from the European Commission, research institute directors and senior civil servants gathered on Monday at the European Commission Headquarters, located in the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium, for the official opening of Shared Sky, the SKA’s indigenous astronomy art exhibition.

Over 80 guests gathered to see the exhibition opened by Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

At the opening, Commissioner Moedas said “We need to inspire European citizens with Science and Art. And when you look around, you see there’s a common trend. This deep desire from a young age to try and understand the sky is common to humanity, but also this connection between our ancestors and the sky and the intersection between Art and Science. It’s an inspiration for the people of Europe.”

Dr. Catherine Cesarsky, chair of the SKA Board of Directors added that “The collaboration for Shared Sky between peoples from different cultures & different fields echoes the international science and engineering collaboration of the SKA project – breaking down cultural barriers in pursuit of a common goal.”

Speaking on the SKA project, Commissioner added “the success of the Square Kilometre Array has been really amazing. It’s one of those projects that really excites us here in the European Commission, and that’s why we’ve put more than 14 million euros so far to support it.”

The artworks will be on display at the European Commission headquarters for two weeks where they will be seen by members of the Commission, as well as Members of the European Parliament and visitors.