January 2022

Opal's Comet

Documenting the journey of a new outdoor performance project

  • Image for Opal's Comet Exhibition

Opal's Comet is a short story conceived and written by Sonya Moorhead. It takes an allegorical form in response to the recent global and personal events, questioning how we might navigate personal grief, loss and transformation as, globally, we veer towards social collapse and climate crisis.

The new exhibition, opening in January 2020 at IOU's Walkway Gallery at Dean Clough Mills, documents the project's development to date.

IOU has supported Opal’s Comet R&D phase, providing studio and rehearsal space as part of our Artist Development Programme.  Through this programme IOU provides space, time, tools and advice to help individuals and companies develop their ideas and make their work using IOU’s unique process of making with art, engineering and technology. 

Featuring photography, sculpture and film, the exhibition focuses on two of the story’s motifs - The Golden Barge and The Harbinger Fayre, and tracks the project from the creation of a sculptural response to the Golden Barge,  to its two day journey along the Leeds-Liverpool canal  accompanied by musicians from Mr Wilsons. The project is also supported by Arts Council England and Super Slow Way                        For more information 

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