Thank you to everyone who has helped bring the MOON to Stromness, and to all who have contributed time, money, energy and goodwill to skyranMOON – it couldn’t happen without you!
All financial contributors will be fully acknowledged on this website and at the event when funding targets have been met – if you’d like to contribute – either to the costs of skyranMOON (any amounts gratefully received) or to pay for a young person’s Worldhost training (£100 including their MOONguide T-shirt) do get in touch via email info@skyranMOON.com.
The story so far…
Bringing skyranMOON to Stromness is a tale in itself – if you’d like to be part of it please contact info@skyranMOON.com to offer your support..
It all started with a radio programme about artist Luke Jerram – Why the Moon, Luke? on BBC Radio 4 about his artwork Museum of the Moon heard by members of the team at West Side Cinema including Ian Garman who took part in another artwork with Luke in Bristol – involving bicycles… ask Ian). We made enquiries with Luke Jerram and his team who agreed that Stromness could host the Museum of the Moon!
Excited by the idea, Kate Johnson and Sandy Kerr at International Centre for Island Technology, Orkney Campus of Heriot Watt University in Stromness talked to Howie Firth of Orkney International Science Festival, who was over the MOON… and offered his support, as did Neil Kermode of the European Marine Energy Centre and Gareth Davies of Aquatera.
Janette Park, curator of Stromness Museum was very supportive of the project, together with Norna Sinclair and Rebecca Marr, and was instrumental in making the connection with Stromness Community Development Forum who generously agreed to hold the contract with the artist and to support Joanna Buick in bringing the MOON to Stromness. Janette informed Stromness Business Forum members about the MOON and received immediate contributions from Flett’s Butchers and Orkney Cycle Hire.
Kirsty Groundwater (who managed the Per Mare celebrations for Stromness 200 in 2017) offered help in approaching local businesses for financial and other support; Elaine Bentley of the Quernstone gave invaluable advice; and many other Orkney folk helped build confidence in the project, including Diana Leslie and Rebecca Marr who advised on branding, Beccy May of Sutherland’s Pharmacy, Anne Bevan of UHI Orkney College Art & Design Department, Kirsteen Stewart and others. James Stockan, leader of Orkney Islands Council was strongly supportive and helped secure a venue to host the Moon.
Stromness Community Development Trust agreed to become the contracting body for the contract with the artist, with Alistair Gray of Gray Associates and Jacqueline Argo also giving ongoing support and advice.
Cara Lockley at Luke Jerram Ltd was infinitely patient with the Orkney team, and even though LEADER funding wouldn’t work for this project, Antony Mottershead at OIC and Alison Nimmo of the Orkney LEADER team ensured that funding applications were clear, concise and appealing. Cooke Aquaculture, Sutherlands Pharmacy and James Buick (to whom skyranMOON is dedicated) made financial contributions which allowed the contract to be signed and the deposit paid – more funding is needed to complete the project, so if you’d like to help, please get in touch.
Jane Partridge, headteacher at Stromness Academy, welcomed the MOON to the school theatre, and the staff and pupils made skyranMOON better than it could have been anywhere else! Academy Prefect Ben took up the challenges of producing information for the guides Josh enlisted (with others recruited by Laura Drever and Brian Cromarty from Voluntary Action Orkney) who will be funded by local businesses on their Worldhost training provided by Anne Hill from Orkney College. Andrew took the lead on social media for skyranMOON. Cameron Stout gave great encouragement and arranged an interview with BBC Radio Orkney by (a very patient) Robbie Fraser that was broadcast on July 5th (now available on Mixcloud) which Andrew and Josh nailed, and The Orcadian carried an article about the MOON on the same day, with the help of Leah Seator and Sarah Sutherland..
Pippa Weaver of the British Science Association is helping to set up the new Orkney branch. Anyone interested in getting involved with the new Orkney BSA branch should contact orkney@britishscienceassociati
Folk from local academic and business organisations have offered to give talks on the MOON, tides and related topics: Mark Edmonds will give a talk about archaeology and the MOON; astronomers and scientists attending the Science Festival will come to talk about the Moon; Neil Kermode offered talks on Apollo missions and tidal energy. Mark Jenkins of West Side Cinema offered to show MOON-related films; and ‘Mr Boom, the Man from the Moon’ is in talks to present his children’s show with skyranMOON – he’s performed with the very same Moon before! Neil Stevenson and Stewart Bain of The Old Library in Kirkwall had the idea of asking Classic Album Sunday organiser Adrian Holmes to play Dark Side of the Moon at skyranMOON – watch this space! Local people have volunteered to invigilate at skyranMOON, including several from Stromness Popmobility group – more are needed!
Offers of help have come from several other local businesses and individuals – more details to come in the next few weeks. If you’d like to be part of this story please contact info@skyranMOON.com to offer your support.
If you’re not mentioned here but have been involved it’s probably because you are a secret, to be shared at a later stage. We’re trying not to forget anyone, but if you want to make sure, please get in touch. And if your name or details are wrong, they can be changed in the twinkling of a star!