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The Observatory

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A unique rotating structure...

Watch contemporary artists at work in The Observatory at Buckler's Hard until June 2017.

A collaborative project brought to us by SPUD, The Observatory is made up of two striking structures, an artist's studio 'The Study' and a public shelter 'The Workshop', both of which can be rotated to provide a changing view of the landscape.


Three artists took up residency at The Observatory over a six-month period, working closely with the landscape to develop a body of work connected to the unique location of Buckler's Hard.

The official residencies are over, but The Observatory is now providing a unique workspace for some of our talented local artists.


The Observatory

Now that the official residencies are over, The Observatory has become a short-term home for some of our talented local artists:

15 May - 28 May: Sue Harrington

29 May - 9 June: Marion Royle

10 June - 25 June: Deborah Gearing & Paul Hewitt (part of the New Forest Arts Festival)

Please note the artist may not always be in The Observatory and may be around the local area researching and working. The Workshop will remain open to visitors while the artist is away.


The Observatory

Shortlisted for the RIBS Stephen Lawrence Prize 2016, The Observatory was designed by a team of trainee architects at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.

Each rotating cabin is clad in charred wood, created using a traditional Japanese preservation technique known as Shou Sugi Ban. Traditional rope weaving techniques used by Devon-based artist Edward Crumpton add beautiful detailing to the striking structures.

The unique rotating system allows artists and visiting members of the public to manoeuvre the cabins to follow changes in light and see new viewpoints on the landscape.

Previous Resident Artists

Ella Frears

Ella Frears: 3 November - 30 December

A poet and visual artist based in London, Ella works with text, printmaking, moving image and audio to explore image, memory, sexuality and the female voice. Her poetry has been published in various publications and she was shortlisted for Young Poet Laureate for London in 2014.

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Helen Snell

Helen Snell: 2 January - 24 February

Using a range of digital processes including laser cutting and water-jet cutting, Helen creates sculptures in a range of materials which explore the themes of mass reproduction and originality.

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Christine Mackey

Christine Mackey: 12 March - 28 April

Christine's practice is rooted in environmental concerns and the development of meaningful participation across a range of disciplines and site-specific contexts.

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