[See the recent Guardian article here.]

The Wells & Mendip Astronomers, in conjunction with the British Interplanetary Society (Southwest), present ‘VISIONS OF SPACE - An Exhibition of Astronomical and Space Art’ by top British IAAA* artists, including David A. Hardy FBIS, Fellow and European Vice-President of the IAAA, former BIS President Bob Parkinson MBE, Dr. Mark A. Garlick, Richard Bizley, Jackie Burns, Garry L. Harwood, Gavin Mundy and Nick Stevens.

They will be presenting a diverse range of subjects, from our local solar system neighbourhood to distant exoplanets, from the adventure of manned space exploration to broader cosmic and philosophical themes. They also each bring their individual ways of interpreting space themes, from the figurative to the surreal, from paintings in oil and acrylics to detailed digital creations, and displaying different techniques.

The show will also feature a US section, with a selection of prints by a number of well-known US artists, including Apollo astronaut Alan Bean and planetary scientist William K Hartmann, as well as information displays on the development and history of astronomical art.

It will also feature works by well-known US artists.

Note: *IAAA = International Association of Astronomical Artists

This unique exhibition will take place at WELLS & MENDIP MUSEUM, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2UE

It will be open to the public from Saturday 7th November to Saturday 21st November, 2015. Opening hours: 11am-4pm (closed Sundays). Entrance is FREE.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase originals and prints at the show.

There will be an official Preview for the exhibition from 7pm on Friday 6th November, which will feature a talk by David A. Hardy on 'Artists in Space', wine and canapes and an opportunity to meet and speak with some of the artists. Tickets for the Preview may be obtained for £8 each from:

or for BIS members from:

To coincide with the exhibition, space art workshops are also being organised for local primary schools by 'Space Detectives' (run by WMA's Joanne Richardson, a STEM Space Ambassador for the south-west) and participating artist Jackie Burns.

This unique exhibition, which has been some time in planning, with the help of well-known artist and illustrator David A. Hardy, is important for raising public awareness of both science and space exploration, as well as the many and diverse strands of space art and their history. It also highlights the close and important connections between art and science, which we hope to bring out through the schools workshops.