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Museums at Night: Cosmos

28th October 2017
Watts Gallery

Saturday 28 October

Open until 9pm

Most activities free with admission

Discover the wonders of the galaxy with special guest Maggie Aderin-Pocock from BBC's The Sky at Night.

Bring the whole family to discover the mystery and wonder of the galaxy that inspired Watts in a Cosmos-themed late night opening. Visit our pop-up planetarium, create glow-in-the-dark paintings and make a twinkling constellation in a jar.

Hear astrophysicists talk about Watts's thought-provoking painting Sower of the Systems and enjoy music and cocktails under the stars. Drop by the Tea Shop to try seasonal food and drinks.

Until 4pm:

Glow-in-the-Dark Studio

Create luminous galaxy paintings with fluorescent paint and neon glitter and sculpt with glow in the dark playdough.

Drop in from 10.30am

Little Stars

Enjoy a multi-sensory storytelling session where you'll meet sky gods & star maidens, dance with the seven sisters and hear how the Milky Way was formed.

10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm

(Pre-booking advised)

From 4 - 9pm:

Pop-up Planetarium

Experience an out-of-this-world 30 minute tour of the night sky. See a galaxy collision, a virtual supernova and more.

Tickets for the Pop-up Planetarium have now sold out. There will be limited availability, on a first come first served basis for those who have already booked admission on the night.

Cosmic Crafts

Make glow-in-the-dark paintings inspired by G F Watts's The Sower of the Systems. Create a twinkling constellation in a jar.

Star Lab

Join artist Emilie Giles to make light-up stars using conductive thread and LEDs. Together you will transform the Artist in Residence Studio into a glimmering night sky by bringing craft and technology together. Part of Make:Shift:Do, the Crafts Council's national festival of craft innovation workshops.

Star Gazing

When night falls, try out our telescopes and gaze at star clusters, planets, and swirling nebulae.


Enjoy a performance of sci-fi film themes, including Apollo 13, Star Wars and ET, by the City String Ensemble.

Hear music from the latest Ursine Vulpine album, including a piece inspired by Watts's painting Endymion.

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Event Details

Special guest: Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

The space scientist, educator and TV presenter will give a talk on her work and her fascination with the stars and then judge the arts and crafts made throughout the evening.

Cosmic Cocktails & Gin Tasting

Enjoy delicious gins & tonics and a special Cosmic Cocktail created by Silent Pool especially for this event.


Enjoy delicious handmade, free range pies and mash from The Pie Hole's Airstream-style trailer.

Children go FREE!