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The Human Spaceship: Vane


The Human Spaceship exhibition, by Helen Schell, will be shown on Wednesday 4th to 27th October 2018 at Vane in NE1.

Schell expresses what it is like to live in a space-faring society at a time when we are experiencing the most astounding change in ‘being-human’ through astronomy and space exploration. Schell has worked with leading scientists to present a series of large and dramatic artworks exploring features of human spaceflight and space technology, her work being inspired by space exploration and the science of the cosmos.

The exhibition includes a ‘Rocket Room’ and ‘Observatory’, the latter of which looks at visual perception in altered gravity environments. The large paintings Big Red Rocket (2018), Spaceship 2 (2015), Upon the Moon (2018) and Observatory (2016) employ optical illusions and geometric distortions to express the phenomena of space, human spaceflight, altered gravity and rocket technology. The Moon Rocket Dress (2018) is a ball-gown playing homage to the Apollo Moon iconography and references the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the first Moon landing in 1969.

Essential Details


Free entry


4th October - 27th October 2018

Venue Details
Vane was founded in 1997 in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. Vane opened a permanent gallery space in Newcastle city centre in 2005. Vane represents the work of a number of artists, both from across the UK and internationally, as well ...


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First Floor
Commercial Union House
39 Pilgrim Street

Opening Hours:

Wednesday 12pm - 5pm
Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

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