Summary of activity:
We created an ambitious programme of events – A mix of science and art school workshops, site visits, public open day, adult talks, children’s related art exhibition – to complement this Summer’s major exhibition in our Gallery.
During May and June, Sutherland based artist Sue Jane Taylor was joined by Caithness STEM Ambassadors to work with young people from Caithness and North Sutherland schools, exploring how current developments in renewable technology are making an impact locally as well as nationally and internationally. Local companies and harbours as well as personnel from key wind/wave/tidal energy projects – were very generous with their time, allowing access to a range of engineering sites and operations, and engaging in workshops with school pupils. Guided by Sue Jane Taylor and her years of experience documenting in art some of Scotland’s biggest industrial engineering projects on and offshore, pupils then created their own artistic documentary of their site visits. They were encouraged to see the human and environmental as well as well as the technical impact of the contemporary quest for energy production. Each school group spent a follow-up day with the artist, working up sketches and notes into prints which were then be exhibited in our building during July.
The ‘Beatrice Works’ exhibition of etchings, drawings and paintings by Sue Jane Taylor was opened on 8th June, with a presentation by Alan Ogg, director of learning at the Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre (ETEC), North Highland College UHI.
Our ‘Beatrice Works’ family day offered hands-on activities led by ERI and STEM Ambassadors, as well as the chance to try print-making with Sue Jane Taylor. Drawing the exhibition and the education programme to a close at the end of August was a presentation organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Guest speaker was Allan MacAskill, who conceived and developed the Beatrice Demonstrator Project, the two offshore wind turbines that supply energy for the Beatrice Oil Field off the Latheron coast, here in Caithness.
As the race gears up to try and satisfy the world’s thirst for energy, Caithness’s wind, wave and tidal resources are attractive to developers. We wanted our education programme to inform, inspire and entertain while local and national plans evolve.
Caithness Horizons wishes to thank the following Funders & Sponsors for their support:
The Scottish Government, The Highland Council, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, STEM North of Scotland, SSE, the Environmental Research Institute & North Highland College UHI, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and the many companies and individuals whose generosity, knowledge and experience were so crucial.