‘The Bovedy Illuminations’
The Armagh Planetarium and the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre
13th April – 23rd May 2019
These two exhibitions mark the 50th Anniversary of the landing of the Bovedy Meteorite in Northern Ireland. On the evening of 25th April 1969, Noel was playing football in the street with friends when the falling meteorite tore across the skies of Belfast. The extraordinary fireball landed minutes later on farmland at Bovedy.
Noel has re-visited this event to produce a body of work, fusing photoworks, moving image, poetry and sound to illuminate his memories of that remarkable evening, often working with the actual meteorite which is now in the collection of the Armagh Planetarium. A selection of other projects and poetry are included in the exhibition to provide a broader view of his artistic concerns and to identify revealing echoes in his recent work.
This exhibition is being shared across two venues, The Market Place Arts Centre and the Armagh Planetarium, where Noel’s work can be viewed alongside the actual Bovedy Meteorite. Professor Michael Burton, Director of the Planetarium will open the exhibition at the Arts Centre. Later, in the beautiful domed theatre of the Planetarium, the Belfast-born poet Gerald Dawe (Professor of English and Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin), will introduce the short film which Noel has created especially for the exhibition.