Moon Palace at Be Curious

We’re delighted to share that Be Curious and East Leeds Project are bringing Moon Palace mobile observatory to the University of Leeds for this year’s Be Curious Family Open Day on Saturday 18 May!

The mobile observatory, which began life as a school bus, was transformed last year into a captivating cosmic artwork by artists Heather Peak and Ivan Morison as part of the Smeaton300 and Leeds 2023 programme. Inspired by John Smeaton’s lifelong love of astronomy and his careful dedication to observing the world around him, the bus is a space that invites you in to pause for a moment, learn about the vastness of our universe and share a cup of cosmic tea.

So if you missed the bus when it was on tour last year this is your next chance to jump on board, meet the Science and Artist Hosts, and experience the magic! Just keep in mind that capacity onboard the bus is limited to 12 people and you might need to queue.

Be Curious Family Open Day is a one day event from the Public Engagement Team at the University of Leeds that shines a light on some of the University’s mind blowing research and turns the campus into a hive of free family-friendly activities.

You can book your Be Curious tickets here.

Moon Palace is an East Leeds Project and LEEDS 2023 co-production. It was commissioned by Foxglove and LEEDS 2023 for Smeaton300 and supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Smeaton300 x University Of Leeds is a Foxglove partnership led by the Cultural Institute and the School Of Civil Engineering.
Lead image: Charles Emerson