**Melanie King – Ancient Light
Artist and researcher Melanie King will discuss and share her work titled Ancient Light Film and First Light, a project about using astro-photographs seeing how they are altered with alternative photography processes. Meteorites, photo-etching using her home-made ‘meteorite ink’.
**Joanna Mayes – Stars and Stones
Joanna talks about her PhD research into alignment of stars with stone rows on Dartmoor, collaborative performative outcomes and how this influences her practice today. Joanna will also talk about her current practice with organic and ecologically-conscious analogue filmmaking.
**Lucinda Offer (RAS Education and Outreach Officer) – Starlight, Star Life
A talk that delves into the role stars have as being the building blocks of life. Light and life through growth and an introduction to astrobiology. Looking at the many stars in our galaxy, how do we use them to learn about where can we look and what type of life could we come across?
**Dr Sian Prosser – RAS Archive Exploration
An exclusive tour of the Royal Astronomical Society’s archive collection with Librarian and Archivist Dr Sian Prosser, focusing on Herschel and Proctor. A chance to look at library and archive materials which tell the story of how astronomers moved from seeing stars as fixed points of light to regarding them as physical objects in their own right. Powerful telescopes and new techniques in spectroscopy and astrophotography allowed astronomers to find out what stars are made of.
**Carolyn Kennett and Cheryl Straffon – Stars in the megalithic eyes
Cheryl will talk about stellar alignments here in West Cornwall, such as the Pleiades and Merry Maidens. Carolyn will talk about her work on Bodmin Moor at the Hurlers stone circle and the links it has to the Milky Way.
**Simon Ashbury – Gaming as Creative Adventuring
Simon, a creative technology artist, will explore the connections between astronomical adventures and games design. He will discuss how artists can use game-driven narrative and systems to open up their work to new audiences and enable alternative storytelling and ways of sharing process
**Lisa Pettibone – Cosmic Light Reflections
Lisa will discuss her arts practice and its connection to astronomy, underpinned by stargazing and an interest in cosmology. She will share her experience as artist in residence at Mullard Space Science Laboratory in 2019 when she followed the Euclid Mission and its search for dark matter in the universe.
** Plus, a live heritage walk streamed from Cornwall to your home; creative provocation activities including ‘Walking the Stars’ navigation experience; daily check-ins and sharings of creative responses; and collaboration opportunities during the week.