The Altitude Project

Rising from the plains to 1500 metres above sea level the Blue Mountains is the highest geographical community in the Greater Western Sydney Region.  In the early 20th Century the altitude was promoted as healthy living escaping the polluted humid air of the city.

Altitude invites select artists to develop work in response to sites connected to pioneering aviation and astronomical exploration.  Artists are invited to develop multidisciplinary work in response to the site and history of the Linden Observatory and in the depression era town parks named in honour of the celebrity aviators of the 1930’s; Kingsford Smith, Melrose and Hinkler.

More details soon.

Linden Observatory 

Partner: Linden Observatory Trust

The Observatory dome and complex of workshops housing the tools used to build the telescope and other instruments, and a sand-mine (where glass was ground for telescope lenses) are situated on a rocky plateau in the lower Blue Mountains. The legacy of one man, Ken Beames, an amateur astronomer and telescope-maker, much of the architecture and technology on the site were manufactured by Beames in his solo quest to view the night sky.

Four artists present work intersecting art, science and cultural history at Linden Observatory on 4th November 2017. Artworks engage with the history of technology for night-sky viewing on the site.

The artist’s works will be exhibited for one day until 10:00 pm allowing for night-sky telescope viewing. The Trust will run tours and provide additional telescopes.

Artists: Michaela Gleave, Michael Petchovsky, Graham Davis-King and Brad Allen-Waters.

Kingsford Smith Park

Partner: Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC)

Situated in a unique amphitheatre setting, Kingsford Smith Park (KSP) represents a depression era town park, including the landscape design. Items of heritage significance include extensive stone-wall terraces and pathways, Sound Shell stage, cool climate plantings and a concrete ‘log cabin’ of the Tom Adams (Taronga Zoo) design. KSP is greatly valued by the local community for its character, heritage features, and its potential uses as a venue for entertainment, social activities and tourism.

Seven artists will present work across the two Katoomba sites: KSP and Melrose Park some as tributes to pioneering aviator Amy Johnson and her solo flight from Britain to Australia.

Artists: Gail Priest , Chris Caines, Rachael Peachy, Paul Mosig, Solange Kershaw, Damien Castaldi, Jacquelene Drinkall.


Melrose Park

Partners: BMCC and Katoomba Neighbourhood Centre

Located in North Katoomba, Melrose Park was named after the Australian aviator, Jimmy Melrose in 1936.  The park is a CASA registered site for flying.

We are targeting youth audiences at Melrose Park with workshops and an acrobatic performance by Dauntless Movement Crew and a ‘fly over’ of model aeroplanes and drones alongside the interactive artworks.