Shared Sky exhibition

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: February 13, 2015     To: May 31, 2015
Shared Sky exhibition

Shared Sky brings together South African and Australian artists in a collaborative exhibition celebrating humanity’s most ancient cultural wisdom, alongside one of the world’s greatest scientific and engineering endeavours: the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). This vision embodies the spirit of the international science and engineering collaboration that is the SKA project itself, bringing together many nations around two sites in South Africa and Australia, to study the same sky.

Shared Sky connects artists working in remote communities from either side of the Indian Ocean that have ancient cultural connections to the two sites where the SKA will be located. Both locations were specifically chosen for their radio-quietness and relative isolation – fundamental requirements for a successful radio telescope facility. Prototype ‘precursor’ telescopes are already active at each location, some of which will eventually become part of the much larger SKA telescope – the world’s largest-ever radio telescope.

Through this global collaboration involving governments, scientists and engineers from over 20 nations, the SKA radio telescope will capture unprecedented levels of information, often from the farthest reaches of the Universe. By enabling scientists to see deeper into space, further back in time, and with greater clarity than has been possible, the SKA will greatly enhance humanity’s knowledge of the Universe.

Shared Sky is brought to you by the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation, Manchester, UK; SKA South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa; SKA Australia, Canberra, Australia in collaboration with Curtin University’s Institute of Radio Astronomy.

The exhibition was developed in collaboration with the Yamaji Art Centre, Geraldton, Western Australia and the First People Centre at the Bethesda Arts Centre, Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Shared Sky is curated by Chris Malcolm, Director, John Curtin Gallery, Curtin University, Perth, Australia, as international curator in partnership with John Parkington, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, University of Cape Town. Shared Sky is presented in South Africa in collaboration with curator Sandra Prosalendis, exhibition designer Elsabe Gelderblom and Carol Kaufmann, Curator of African Art at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.

The Shared Sky exhibition will run from 13 February until 31 May 2015.

For enquiries, contact Carol Kaufmann on Tel: 021 481 3958 or email

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