This event is running from 11 June 2020 until 13 June 2020. It is next occurring on Thursday 11 June 2020

  • Location:

    Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    EH2 2PQ
  • Upcoming Dates:

 ON HOLD: From Prison to Mars: The Space Art and Science of the Scottish Prison Population


In light of the Scottish and UK Governments’ advice around COVID-19, we have taken the decision to cancel or postpone all the events we had planned up to the end of June.

The rescheduling of this event is underway; more information to follow.


Thursday 11 June – Saturday 13 June 2020

During the past two years, Scottish prisoners have been envisioning the human future beyond Earth. In a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Prison Service (SPS)/Fife College, the Life Beyond project involves prisoners in the design of stations for the Moon and Mars, engaging them in science education, literacy and civic responsibilities, among other skills.

This exhibition presents some of their work, showcasing their plans for science stations on the Moon and tourist complexes on Mars with stunning art and engineering designs.

Alongside this work, the exhibition features the first public showing of a newly commissioned painting by American artist, Marilynn Flynn. ‘First Lunar Parliament’ is a depiction of the first democratic assembly on the Moon inspired by a photograph of the St Kilda parliament taken before evacuation of the island in 1930.

From Prison to Mars is a visually unique synthesis of Scotland, space exploration and settlement, the values of The Enlightenment and the Royal Society of Edinburgh in making knowledge useful.

Please note the exhibition closes at 1pm on Saturday 13 June 2020.

This event is part of a wider event at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on the subject of ‘Extraterrestrial Liberty’.