Observatory Cinema

The Observatory Cinema was a temporary open air cinema atop Bidston Hill. A big screen weekend projected the art of sculpting time in the grounds of Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre: a location historically renowned for measuring natural undulations of tide and time. From this site of scientific observation and lighthouse signals overlooking the Merseyside estuary, AND curated new waves of cinematic experience. 

There was an accompanying installation for AND Festival commissioned project Radio Ensemble to explore at Bidston Observatory on the same weekend as Observatory Cinema. At Bidston, the work could be experienced via analogue radios provided, either alone or as a group. Visitors were invited to grab a radio and explore the four tracks each on a separate frequency, or jump between them to create your own ensemble. Find out more about Radio Ensemble.


Song of the Sea, curated by Scalarama Merseyside

All Light, Everywhere 

The Fog

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

A live cinema event that reckoned with our industrial past and offered prophetic glimpses of what is to come. 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Wirral Council and Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network. With further support from Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre.