Space glove (Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Russia) © Edgar Martins 2013


The European Space Agency Project

Support Edgar Martins' book and win a large scale artwork worth £6,000.00 

Dear All,

I am delighted to share with you that I am currently collaborating with the European Space Agency on what promises to be the most interesting and thought provoking project I have developed, to date.

Over the past 15 months I have liaised with ESA and its partners not only to produce the most comprehensive survey ever assembled about a leading scientific and space exploration organisation but also to reflect on the new politics of space exploration and the impact of this kind of technological application on our social consciousness.

This is the first time that ESA have granted an artist this level of access, so this is a truly historic occasion.

With a gestation period of nearly 2 years, the project covers 18 separate locations, across 3 continents. These locations range from test centers, robotics departments, jet propulsion laboratories, space simulators, launch sites and platforms, astronaut training centers and training modules, satellite, launcher and payload integration and assembly rooms, etc. 

The work will be published in early 2014 and will have a cross-sectoral approach, involving several audience driven events such as exhibitions, seminars and talks. 

Over the next few months you may be able to follow the progress of the work via my Facebook page. There, you will also be able to catch up on any developments relating to the London launch of the project and book, as well as any additional exhibition dates. We are currently in dialogue with organisations based in the UK, France, Germany, Portugal, Brazil, USA and Japan, so we are confident that we shall be able to bring the work to a gallery or museum near you.

Although we are fortunate enough to already have the support of a wide variety of funders, such as The Arts Council (England), Instituto Camões (Portugal), Instituto Cultural de Macau (Macau, China), Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Portugal), amongst others, we would also like to invite you to pre-order a copy of the book for £35 (€40/$55).

This funding will allow us to supplement the bursaries and grants already received and fulfil the true potential of this project.

Those that choose to support this endeavour, by committing to purchase a copy of the book in advance of its publication, will be entered into a draw to earn a large-scale, 98x127cm print of this work worth £6,000.00 (€7,000.00/$9,000.00).

The draw will take place during the London launch of the work, in front of an audience of Photography and Art lovers and enthusiasts. If your name is selected but you are unable to attend, you will be notified by email. 

This initiative is dependent on being able to secure a further 400 advance copies of the book, so please help spread the word and share or retweet this among your friends. 

Should you be interested in pre-ordering this book and helping us to deliver this incredible body of work, please click here or simply reply to with the heading 'I’m in'.

Once we have received confirmation from enough of you and once online payment facilities are set-up, we will be in touch again to get your details and payment.

Thanks for your support.
Warm regards,

Edgar Martins

* £35/€40/$55 is the current estimated price of the book. Before payment is collected we will inform you about any changes to the price.  In the unlikely event of an increase in the cost of the book, you will have the option to opt out.

Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre, Russia
© Edgar Martins 2013



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