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Dark Skies Exhibition Celebrating Young Talent And Unique Island Skies

The New Carnival Company has launched its IW Dark Skies Art Exhibition, which will be in place until April 19 in the windows of Independent Arts Newport.

Dark Skies is a collaborative project showcasing the creative talents of young individuals from The Island Learning Centre, Isle of Wight College, and Independent Arts Youth Hub.

This exhibition, in partnership with New Carnival, builds upon the success of last year's IW Dark Skies festival, aiming to raise awareness about the Island's unique overhead conditions and their significance for both humanity and the environment.

A public vote for the most popular artwork will see three winners receiving a cash prize.

The prize money has been kindly donated in by John Langley, former chairman of the IW Countryside charity, in memory of Ann Langley.

The exhibition features an array of artwork inspired by celestial skies.

Among the highlights is a giant Miss Mitchell's comet willow sculpture, a tribute to Maria Mitchell, the pioneering American astronomer whose
discovery of a comet in 1847 earned her international acclaim.

This large piece, created by students from The Island Learning Centre, pays homage to Mitchell's legacy and her family ties to the Island, specifically Brighstone.

Carly Clark, IW College tutor, said:

“The students were inspired by the theme of Dark Skies and worked independently to produce a diverse range of outcomes.

"To have their work displayed at Independent Arts for the exhibition is such an honour and also a fantastic experience."

"The Island's dark skies are among the darkest in Europe, and everyone’s support is crucial in our efforts to protect and celebrate them."

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