Events Archive

28 February 2015 - 12 April 2015

Chris Rigby Between Rocks and Hard Places

Public opening: Fri 27 February, 6-7.30pm. Exhibition:  Saturday 28th February to Sunday 12th April 2015. Chris Rigby is a landscape painter whose work embraces the physical process of representing the nature of things. The work in this exhibition follows on from his 2012 exhibition 30 Days of Light at Shetland Museum and Archives and represents a deepening of his relationship with Shetland. During a wet and windy five week stay last year, he explored much that he had missed the first time round as well returning to favourite places such as Muckle Roe and making fresh and exciting discoveries there.

29 November 2014 - 22 February 2015

ARTIST ROOMS Don McCullin 'Fallen'

Public Opening: Saturday 29 November, 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 29 November to Sunday 22 February 2014. Don McCullin worked for over 20 years documenting conflict and social deprivation throughout the world. His iconic photographs provide an extremely powerful contemplation of humanity. This is the first time these images have been shown as part of ARTIST ROOMS, in a join exhibition at Bonhoga and Da Gadderie. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is a partnership with Arts Council England, the Art Fund, and in Scotland, Creative Scotland, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection to galleries throughout the UK.

13 November 2014 -

WirdCraft: An Evening of Poetry, Song and Discussion

Part of WordPlay 2014. Come along to Bonhoga Cafe for an evening of poetry, song and discussion featuring the ten craft makers who took part in WirdCraft, a project run by Shetland Forwirds, during this the Year of Dialect. In the project, the makers produce work inspired by Shetland Dialect. The music will be provided by guitarists, Alan Mackay and Robert Bennett; poetry by Christian Tait and Laureen Johnson; the discussion will feature contributions from makers, Jo Jack and Helen Robertson. The evening will be introduced by Mary Blance, of Shetland Forwirds.

01 November 2014 - 23 November 2014

Peerie Christmas

Public Opening: Saturday 1 November, 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 1 to Sunday 23 November. The best selected art and craft collections from studios and designers based in Shetland and throughout the UK. The exhibition will extend to the lower garry and cabinets, and will continue for the duration of the Tate ARTIST ROOMS On Tour exhibition until February 2014. A chance to buy6 unusual and bespoke gifts for Christmas, or a New Year treat for yourself! Lower Gallery & Craft Cabinet: Peerie Christmas.

13 September 2014 - 26 October 2014

Jen Deschenes 'Common Thread'

Public Opening: Saturday 13 September, 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 13 September to Sunday 26 October. Jen Deschenes is a textile artist who was born and brought up in Whalsay, studied Textiles at Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art and is now based in the Highlands. The exhibition presents a visual narrative through textiles, in response to her Shetland heritage. Her work explores the re-creation of intimate and nostalgic objects, illustrationg and realising a contemporary personal story with a strong desire to promote and carry on into the future, the ways of the past. Lower Gallery & Craft Cabinet: Judith Yarrow ' The Booth, The Box, and The Book.'

26 July 2014 - 07 September 2014


Public Opening: Saturday 26 July, 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 26 July to Sunday 7 September. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of Bonhoga Gallery, an artist from each year of the gallery's exhibition programme has been invited to create a new piece of work inspired by an object they are given. Each object relates in some way to the Mill's history, location, or use. Lower Gallery and Craft Cabinet: Work by recipients of the Shetland Arts' Visual Art & Craft Awards, supported by Creative Scotland and Shetland Islands Council. Stairwell Projection: Shetland Moving Image Archive.

08 June 2014 - 08 June 2014

Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes

Shetland Arts presents Barbara Dickson & Rab Noakes. Playing a wonderful blend of folk songs, classic pop influences and self written favourites, Barbara and Rab recall their early years playing in Scottish folk clubs and concert halls.

07 June 2014 - 20 July 2014

Bill Brown 'Message in a Bottle'

Public Opening: Saturday 7 June, 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 7 June to Sunday 20 July. Bill Brown retired recently from his job as Head of Ceramic Design at Glasgow School of Art and is currently in the process of returning to Shetland and setting up a workshop in Voe. Both craftsman and designer, this exhibition showcases the diversity of his skills within the medium of ceramics. As well as teaching, Bill has exhibited work widely in the UK, mainland Europe, USA and Australia. Lower Gallery & Craft Cabinet: Silvana McLean 'Northlandings.'

23 May 2014 - 23 May 2014

Martin Simpson

Ragged Wood Promotions in association with Shetland Arts present Martin Simpson. Talented English folk guitarist and singer-songwriter Martin Simpson pays his first ever visit to Shetland. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world. Martin has been a professional musician for 35 years. He has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the 12 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He has twice won musician of the year, and also won two awards for his 2008 album Prodigal Son. All ages are welcomed.

26 April 2014 - 01 June 2014

The Shetland Open 'Home'

Public Opening: Saturday 26 April, 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 26 April - Sunday 1 June. The Open welcomes entries from amateur, professional, and student artists and craft makers, aged 18 and over, who are linked to Shetland by birth, education, or residency. This year's theme of 'home' can be interpreted in any way possible. It refers to the name 'Bonhoga' or 'My Spiritual Home' in celebration of the gallery's 20th anniverary. Category winners will have the opportunity to exhibit in a group show at Bonhoga in 2015. Lower Gallery & Craft Cabinet: The Barins' Shetland Open in any medium, 2 or 3-dimensional, on the theme of 'home.'

08 March 2014 - 20 April 2014

Louise Schmid 'ORA BLU'

Public Opening: Saturday 8 March, 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 8 March - Sunday 20 April. Louise Schmid is a Swiss born artists, living and working in Glasgow. Her new work for ORA BLU has been developed from numerous drawings during her residency at the Booth in Sclaooway during 2011. The exhibition explores symbiotic alliances between art and imaginiative sustainable developments, including water and air cleansing plants. Louise will be giving an informal talk at the Public Opening. Lower Gallery: Prints. Craft Cabinet: UK Craft.

07 March 2014 - 07 March 2014

Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire

Ragged Wood Promotions in association with Shetland Arts presents Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire. Following a popular support slot at Kris Kristofferson's sell-out Clickimin concert, Roddy Hart is returning to Shetland with his full, six-strong Lonesome Fire band in tow. It will come shortly after the Lonesome Fire's latest outing as the house band for the Roots Revue night at Celtic Connections. They have previously anchored shows marking Bob Dylan's 70th birthday and paying tribute to the late, great Levon Helm. Their eponymous album, following three acclaimed solo records from Hart, sees the singer trying to shake off the singer-songwriter tag. Working with the producer of Coldplay's multi-million selling album X'n'Y, the band spent most of 2012 ensconced in the studio, recording in a Glasgow church, the band's own rehearsal room in Govan Town Hall, and the legendary Dean Street Studios in London (the birthplace of albums by The Smiths and David Bowie). The end result is a vividly widescreen sonic landscape, and a sound that is all their own: a darkly compelling conjunction of classic Americana and Celtic soul. Clash Music: "Gorgeous... exquisite Americana with a neat Scottish touch". Uncut: "Widescreen…poetic and [with] verve…evoking the epic rock of Springsteen. Local hero turns contender” Support Act: Shetland rock legends No Sweat, will provide support. All ages are welcomed.

06 February 2014 - 06 February 2014

Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson

Shetland Arts presents Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson live @ Mareel. Individually, these are two of the best players around but collectively they create a chemistry which is almost magic. This duo have fast become one of the most talked about combinations on the circuit and were recently nominated in the Best Duo category for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They are not only vastly talented but have created a sound that is bursting with emotion and energy - a fusion of pipes and flutes which pushes the boundaries of what these instruments can achieve in a performance which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes.

04 February 2014 - 04 February 2014

Eduardo Niebla in Concert, Hillswick Hall

Atlantic Edge Music Services in association with Shetland Arts present Eduardo Niebla in Concert. Hailed by The Guardian for his "exquisite" guitar playing, Eduaro Niebla takes to the stage with guitarist Matthew Robinson to present an amazing repertoire of "stunning flamenco jazz" (The Sound) from his latest albums. Continually seeking out new musical terrain, Niebla has traversed the genres of pop, jazz, folk and world music, collaborating with such diverse partners as sitar maestro Nishat Khan, George Michael, Lol Coxhill, the Dante String Quartet and Craig David. For this concert he will be joined by local artists to perform a special collection of his compositions inspired by the landscape. A spellbinding evening of passion, verve and fleet-fingered virtuosity from one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion.

18 January 2014 - 02 March 2014

Dennis Coutts 'Sixties' Revisited'

Public Opening: Saturday 18 January 11am - 1pm. Exhibition: Saturday 18 January - Sunday 2 March. Dennis Coutts returns for Bonhoga's anniversary year to showcase more fascinating black and white images from 1960s life in Shetland. His exhibition in 2012 was a huge success, highlighting the enormous wealth of work from Shetland's pre-oil era that has earned him such an illustrious reputation. Once again, all the work will be hand-printed for the show by Dennis' son John. Lower Gallery: Kirsten Welsh 'Paintings & Prints.' Craft Cabinet: UK Craft.

01 January 2014 - 31 December 2015

Mareel Film Listings

07 December 2013 -

The Springsteen Sessions with support from No Sweat

Shetland Arts presents The Springsteen Sessions with support from No Sweat. At their headline festival appearances this summer on the Grass Roots Stage at Belladrum and at Fringe by the Sea, The Springsteen Sessions are undertaking an extensive 20-date tour of Scotland and the north of England - from Lerwick to Berwick! For three years now, this exciting and talented group of Scottish musicians have thrilled audiences across the country with their dynamic versions of the best of The Boss and the E Street Band - from early albums like Greetings From Asbury Park right through to Wrecking Ball. All the classics and anthems are delivered with attention to detail, ensuring that the authentic sound of Bruce and The E Street Band is delivered. You will be captivated by the drive and energy of The Springsteen Sessions and will go away exhausted and enthralled by the gripping and energetic two hour show.

16 November 2013 - 22 December 2013

Paul Bloomer: How Then Shall We Now Live?

Public opening: Friday 15 November 6pm - 8pm Paul Bloomer is a prolific artist of international renown, based in Shetland. This major exhibition brings together drawings, woodcut prints and iPad work selected from 25 years of artistic output. The work explores the human condition and the theatrical drama of contrasts between light and dark, secular and sacred, freedom and captivity. This exhibition will extend to the upper café bar in Mareel, providing the opportunity for very large work to be shown for the first time in Shetland. Lower Gallery: UK Art and Craft for Christmas Craft Cabinet: UK Art and Craft for Christmas

07 November 2013 -

Chris Stout & Finlay MacDonald

Shetland Arts presents Chris Stout & Finlay MacDonald, with Ross Martin. Off the back of recording their new album The Cauld Wind at the studio in Mareel, Chris Stout and Finlay MacDonald, joined by master guitarist Ross Martin, will be returning to the venue for a thrilling live performance. Finlay said: "We had been experimenting with different ve nues for almost two years because we wanted to use a space with a beautiful acoustic which would capture the overall sound that we produce - the Main Auditorium in Mareel was just the perfect place!" Chris added: "Although a lot of the material is from the pipe repetoire, we have composed a fair chunk ourselves and look to other contemporary composers for inspiration."

06 November 2013 - 10 November 2013

Kai Fischer, in association with Vanishing Point: Entartet

Public opening: Wednesday 6 November 6pm - 8pm. 75 years ago an infamous art exhibition opened in Munich. On display were images and sculptures, which had been raided from public galleries by government officials of the Third Reich. The organisers ridiculed the shown works and marked their creators as degenerate – and dangerous. Entartet is an audio installation that reflects on this exhibition. Using original text from the exhibition’s guidebook, it creates a space to listen, and to imagine what can no longer be seen. Presented by Vanishing Point Theatre Company, Glasgow. Lower Gallery: UK printmakers. Craft Cabinet: Contemporary jewellery by new graduates.

03 November 2013 -

Aly Bain, Ale Moller, & Bruce Molsky

Shetland Arts presents Aly Bain, Ale Moller, and Bruce Molsky. Aly Bain is Scotland's supreme traditional style fiddler. His playing is unique, driving, impassioned, and pure, with a vibrant, unmistakable tone that has earned him a following of ardent fans throuhout the world. His most recent collaboration with Swedish multi-instrumentalist, Ale Moller, created the album 'Fully Rigged' - a celebration of shared Nordic heritage. Completing the line-up is Bruce Molsky, returning to Shetland after his hugely successful concert at Mareel's Official Opening Weekend last year, has also explored traitional music from an astonishingly broad range of cultures over the past two decades.

18 October 2013 -

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart draws from folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the ceaselessly changing times. Her talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies, her gift for saying just enough without overstating her case, the range and dynamism of her arrangements, all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance.

10 October 2013 -

Seth Lakeman

Folk-inspired, multi-award winning singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman tours with his hugely talented band plus special guest Lisbee Stainton on dates around the UK in October.

03 October 2013 -

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, using instruments bought with loose change, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the Ukulele.

27 September 2013 -

Tim Burgess

DF Concerts & Events in association with Shetland Arts presents Tim Burgess. Tim is touring his new album 'Oh No I Love You', which will be released on September 2, around the UK with his five-piece band, including The Charlatans guitarist Mark Collins.

21 September 2013 - 03 November 2013

Barbara and Wilma Cluness: Variorum

Public opening: Friday 20 September 6pm - 8pm For this exhibition Wilma and Barbara Cluness have created an environment, an eclectic mix of artwork, in recycled or new materials. They are Shetland by birth, brought up on a croft in Unst, and have been creating since they were old enough to hold a pen, thread a needle, or ‘clip’ with scissors. They like to recycle, and enjoy working in a wide range of materials and media. Together they have produced commissions in ceramics and public art, and have exhibited in Shetland and Norway. Lower Gallery: UK printmakers Craft Cabinet: Contemporary jewellery by new graduates

04 August 2013 - 11 August 2013

Shetland Fiddle Frenzy 2013

Fiddle Frenzy is Shetland Arts’ week long Fiddle School and celebration of traditional Shetland musical culture. An opportunity to learn the secrets of Shetland Fiddle from a range of experienced tutors, explore the thriving musical traditions of our unique and beautiful islands, or simply be part of our Festival Week which is packed with a range of Frenzy Fringe options and Evening Concerts. Shetland Arts is delighted to announce that Fiddle Frenzy 2013, is curated this year by sisters Jenna & Bethany Reid who grew up immersed in the Shetland fiddle tradition and now both Glasgow-based musicians and well recognised within the traditional music scene.Jenna working as a professional musician, member of Blazin’ Fiddles and her own Jenna Reid Band, and Bethany teaching music, and also performing in Jenna’s band and alongside Jenna in new four-piece fiddle group Rant.   The week will consist of two classes per day in Shetland Fiddle or Shetland Guitar Accompaniment, with a range of music alternatives throughout the week, including drawing & painting and photography to help visitors discover the beautiful Shetland landscape. For our evening concerts, we are delighted to welcome back to Shetland to help celebrate the 10th Year, some of Shetland’s world-renowned exponents of our unique musical tradition including Fiddlers’ Bid who will headline Sunday evening, 4th August in Mareel, and Shetland’s best known fiddler Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, headlining the Monday evening concert. Another exciting night of music is guaranteed with winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Live Act 2013' Award, Lau on Wednesday 7th August. At the end of the week everyone is invited along to Mareel for the Fiddle Frenzy Finale: 10th Birthday Bash. This is an event jam-packed with local fiddle talent including Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch, performances from the Fiddle Frenzy students, and a party atmosphere, celebrating 10 years of Fiddle Frenzy! This event will also include a tribute to Shetland Fiddler, the late Willie Hunter, who would have been 80 this year.

03 August 2013 - 15 September 2013

Textile art from 12 Northern artists: Lighten

Public opening: Saturday 3 August 11am - 1pm An exhibition of 3-dimensional contemporary textile art by ten Nordic and two Shetland artists exploring the Nordic theme of northern seasonal change. The idea began with a conversation between artists from Iceland and Finland and continues in Shetland with the artists and others in a conference on developing contemporary textile cultures. The exhibition is part of Shetland Arts’ International Textile Festival from 1st – 5th August 2013. Lower Gallery: Scottish Printmakers Craft Cabinet: Scottish craft

03 August 2013 -

The Scottish Ensemble

The Scottish Ensemble’s first ever residency in Shetland culminates in a spectacular concert at Mareel showcasing a programme that creates new connections between folk and classical traditions, interweaving Scots folk with baroque and 20th century string music. The Scottish Ensemble is taking up a mini residency in Shetland from Weds 31 July to Sat 3 August, engaging with the community in a programme of events including a silent movie screening and performance, a day of community events all around the Isles, an afternoon of ballroom dancing and tea, and culminating in this evening concert.

31 July 2013 - 02 August 2013

'In the Loop3.5' Making Connections

Shetland Arts and Southampton University present: In the Loop 3.5: Making Connections, as part of Shetland Arts' International Textile Festival 2013. In The Loop 3.5 is an international conference with a focus on knitting, a Nordic theme, and an emphasis on the development of contemporary textile cultures. View the conference programme online here. The conference takes place in Shetland from 31 July to 2 August 2013, as part of the Shetland Arts' International Textile Festival which runs from 31 July to 5 August. At the conference, you will hear speakers who may be artists, curators, designers, knitters, theorists, or historians. Artists exhibiting in the Nordic Textile Exhibition Lighten at Bonhoga Gallery will also be attending the conference, and this exhibition is also part of the Shetland Arts' International Textile Festival. In the Loop 3.5 is the fourth in a series of acclaimed knitting conferences initiated and led by Linda Newington from the University of Southampton Library. It is a collaboration with Shetland Arts as an integral part of the Shetland Arts' International Textile Festival and has a strong Nordic theme.In the Loop 3.5 starts in Mareel, the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre then conference days 2 and 3 will transfer to Shetland Museum & Archives, the next building on the Lerwick waterfront.

Book your place at In The Loop 3.5 now via Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555 or online here.

Book a day package for In The Loop 3.5 now via Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555 or online here.

31 July 2013 - 05 August 2013

International Textile Festival

Shetland Arts presents an International Textile Festival with a Nordic theme, over six days from 31 July to 5 August 2013, taking place in Mareel, Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland Museum & Archives and other places in Shetland. The Festival will cover the broad activity of textiles; including art, knitting, design, education and business.  Events for the public and textile enthusiasts are based around an exhibition of contemporary Nordic textile art at Bonhoga Gallery entitled Lighten, and a Knitting Conference at Mareel & Shetland Museum & Archives entitled In the Loop 3.5: Making Connections.  The Festival is about the contemporary potential and future of textiles, making new connections, and learning from other textile cultures. Festival Programme – as of 12th July 2013 (PDF-colour) (PDF-b&w)

18 July 2013 - 20 July 2013

American Roots

Shetland Arts presents American Roots, a weekend of gospel, Cajun, and bluegrass music starring The McCrary Sisters, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, and The Coal Porters who will also play at Muckle Roe Hall. American Roots Package available for all 3 Mareel concerts - just £50 for all 3 events. Contact Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555 or book in person at Mareel or Islesburgh to take advantage of this special deal.

09 July 2013 -

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario

Zombie Science: Worst Case Scenario is a spoof tutorial on the real science behind a zombieism outbreak. Join Theoretical Zombiologist Doctor Smith as he puts you at the heart of a hypothetical zombieism outbreak, and teaches you what to do should a zombie outbreak occur. Certified by the Zombie Institute for Theoretical Studies, the tutorial features a multi-media presentation, practical demonstrations and audience participation. Supported by the Scottish Government, Wellcome Trust and University of Glasgow.

15 June 2013 - 28 July 2013

Julie Brook: Made, Unmade

Public opening: Friday 14 June 6pm - 8pm Julie Brook is a landscape artist based in Skye. This exhibition explores the relationship between suggested and constructed sculptural forms in the desert landscapes of Libya and North West Namibia through a series of films. The presence of the work changes the dynamic of its environment influencing our perception of scale, light and spatial awareness. It is a process of re-alignment, formalising and distilling. Lower Gallery: Howard Towll Sketches, as part of the Shetland Nature Festival Craft Cabinet: Cecil Tait Shetlandmade

01 June 2013 -


At Mareel. Standing Event. Famous the world over for inventing Techno Ceilidh, Acid Croft and Hypnofolkadelia, Shooglenifty's original and exciting sound has launched the band on an international career. A wild uptempo mix of trad talent and super funky phonics melding heritage and hedonism into one unbreakable whole. Shooglenifty is one of Scotland's most unique musical exports, playing an infectious blend of Celtic traditional music and dance grooves that band members describe as “hypno-folkadelic ambient trad.” Their fiery instrumental lyricism, pulsating with infectious rhythm and drive, creates a sound that is at once epic and inclusive, soulful and stirring; and commands a musical presence that takes the crowd by the hands and dances them on an exhilarating romp through unchartered and fiercely exciting new territory. They are sure to provide a night in Mareel to remember - so get your dancing shoes on and come along!

26 May 2013 -


At Mareel. Fixed Seating. Conjoining the sound of their own musical traditions, this exciting string trio weave together melody and harmony creating a rich sound, bursting with texture and groove. Newly formed in 2012, Shetland born Catriona MacDonald (Blazin' Fiddles), Perthshire’s Patsy Reid (Founding member of Breabach) and Norwigan Marit Falt, seamlessly create a dynamic yet intimate sound that will take your breath away. A stunning live illustration of sheer talent, Vamm release their debut album late spring 2013. A must-see concert in Mareel. To book wheelchair bays, or to book specific seating, please contact Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555 or book in person at Mareel or Islesburgh.

13 May 2013 -

Roddy Woomble

At Mareel. Fixed seating. Familiar to many thousands of music fans as the front man in the Scottish rock band Idlewild, Roddy Woomble is also a celebrated solo songwriter & performer and played a sold out gig at the North Star in Shetland in 2006 as part of Steve Lamacq's Radio 1 show. He followed up the release of his acclaimed 2006 solo debut 'My Secret is Silence' with ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’ to an equally fantastic reception to critics and fans. A native of Irvine - small-town Scotland writ large - Roddy Woomble co-founded Idlewild in 1995, naming the band for the quiet haven featured in his then-favourite book, Anne of Green Gables. Given that the NME likened their early punk-fuelled sound - deftly revisited on their last album, 2007's 'Make Another World' - to "a flight of stairs falling down a flight of stairs", the quiet haven part was initially somewhat ironic, but gradually came closer as Idlewild meanwhile progressed through sweeping melodic rock to rootsy, melodic sparseness. Extending that softer lyrical vein of Roddy's songwriting, 2006 saw his first solo release, 'My Secret Is My Silence,' and Roddy went on to record and release the album 'Before the Ruin' with Kris Drever and John McCusker in 2008, which they toured extensively around the UK to much praise. The latest album, ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’ was recorded on the Isle of Mull. This was released in the spring of 2011 to critical acclaim and Roddy and his band have been touring the UK ever since playing some notable dates including Beautiful Days and Wychwood Festival last summer. As well as songs from the new album the live set will feature tunes from both solo albums, 'Before the Ruin' alongside several Idlewild numbers. Praise for ‘The Impossible Song and Other Songs’: "This is a distinctly lovely affair'" - NME "A moving and quietly joyous collection of pieces weaving together strands of folk, jazz and country."- The Guardian "The imagery is island life it's self it won't be rushed" - Mojo "One of Britain's most distinct and talented voices" - Kerrang To book specific seating, or to book wheelchair bays, please contact Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555, or book in person at Mareel or Islesburgh.

27 April 2013 - 09 June 2013

Open Winners: Four Journeys from Blue

Public opening: Friday 26 April 6pm - 8pm An exhibition by the winners of The Shetland Open 2012. With the opportunity to have their own show at Bonhoga the four artists have come together to create a starting point for their show using film, which will run in the stairwell. This is a platform for work exploring the theme of journeys and the colour and mood of blue. Each artist brings her own style and experience to the show in a variety of media. Lower Gallery: Bairns Open An open exhibition of wall-based work for those from P1-S6 Craft Cabinet: UK craft

06 April 2013 -

The Beat

At Mareel. Standing event. One of the biggest bands of the 2-Tone movement, The Beat present a wall of sound that transcends time and ska fusion rhythms to ignite a crowd. They play with the sole aim of connecting with and entertaining their appreciative audience with their relentless energy and world class musicianship. Ska is very popular in Shetland and The Beat are sure to entertain a very large and very happy audience in Mareel. The Beat are known the world over for a string of hit singles, including 'Mirror in the Bathroom,' 'Too Nice To Talk To,' 'Can't Get Used To Losing You,' 'Hands off She's Mine' and 'All Out To Get You'. Their songs of peace, love and unity fuse ska, pop, reggae and punk rock and their dynamic live show has garnered them a loyal following at home and abroad. The Beat formed in Birmingham in 1978, part of the West Midlands ska revival scene that also produced The Specials and The Selecter, whilst London saw the formation of Madness and The Bodysnatchers. Their first single was an arresting version of Smokey Robinson’s 'Tears Of A Clown,' given a completely new feel, and was backed with their own composition “Ranking Full Stop”. Released in a one-off deal on Jerry Dammers’ Chrysalis-backed 2-Tone label, the single stormed into the Top 10 in December 1979, and saw the band appear twice on Top Of The Pops. Backed by Arista, the band formed their own label Go-Feet Records. The first release in February 1980 was another Top 10 hit, 'Hands Off... She’s Mine,' and was the first of twelve chart singles for the band on Go-Feet. The band released three albums 'I Just Can’t Stop It' (1980), 'Wha’ppen' (1981) and 'Special Beat Service' (1982), which contained many tracks that demonstrated their more politicised and socially-conscious leanings. All three albums were reissued in the Summer of 2012 by Edsel Records with bonus additions. The 2012 line-up features Ranking Roger and Ranking Junior on vocals, Everett on drums plus Andy Pearson, Michael Billingham, Matt Godwin and Steve Harper on sax, keys and guitars.

29 March 2013 -

Donnie Munro

At Mareel. Fixed seating. Former Runrig frontman Donnie Munro, who has enjoyed considerable further success as a solo artist and writer, has recently embarked on a series of acoustic shows where he has taken the opportunity to revisit a wide range of material spanning his career with Runrig and with his own band. The acoustic project has already resulted in major sell out shows in Denmark, and Donnie has a string of UK shows booked in March 2013. One of these shows is here in Shetland in Mareel on the 29th of March 2013. Shetland Arts is delighted to welcome such a talented musician to Mareel and we hope to see lots of Islanders in the audience enjoying this critically acclaimed visiting artist's work. Donnie is currently making plans for a new acoustic album in the nature of a musical anthology. Donnie's 'Heart of America' album was recently voted Album of the Year in the Scottish Trad Awards, and his concept album and live show 'An Turas (The Journey)' was greeted with great critical acclaim. To book specific seating, or to book wheelchair bays, please contact Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555, or book in person at Mareel or Islesburgh.

09 March 2013 - 21 April 2013

Rod Kelly M.A. (R.C.A.): Reflections on Shetland

Public opening: Friday 8 March 6pm - 8pm Rod Kelly is one of the UK’s leading silversmiths with work in collections including the V&A and No.10 Downing Street. He trained in Birmingham and at the Royal College of Art and, after living and working in Norfolk for 25 years, has renovated a croft house in Shetland, in which to work part-time. This exhibition brings together commissions and new pieces inspired by Shetland, and includes work created in collaboration with his wife, jeweller and enameller, Sheila McDonald. Lower Gallery: Heather Wilson Where She Resides Craft Cabinet: Sheila McDonald - Jeweller M.A. (R.C.A.) new work influenced by the Shetland environment

22 February 2013 - 24 February 2013

Ignition: New Journeys in Familiar Places

Are you ready for a journey with a difference? Northern Focus Parkour are geared up to take you on an unuausl member around Lerwick! Ignition Parkour Director Chris Grant has been working with Northern Focus Parkour and they are ready to take you on a journey with a difference. Taking place around Lerwick, this performance will focus on travel and journeys without using roads. The cast will tell their stories through the movement discipline of parkour. 22 February 7pm 23 Feb 2pm 24 Feb 2pm & 7pm This is a outdoor promenade performance, please wear suitable clothing for an outdoor walk. Suitable for all ages.  Tickets are free but must be booked in advance via Shetland Box Office in Mareel & Islesburgh, over the phone on 01595 745 555, or online here.

30 January 2013 - 30 January 2013

Tam Coyle at Up Helly Aa Hop

At Mareel. Tam has DJ'd at a myriad of high profile events including T in the Park and the official Hogmanay parties in Edinburgh, Glasgow's George Square, and Stirling Castle. He has also provided a soundtrack for the Tartan Army manoeuveres across the globe, and has appeared at the prestigious SXSW music event in Austin, Texas. Having kept local crowds dancing into the small hours at the Tall Ships in Lerwick last year, Tam returns to DJ at the first ever Up Helly Aa Hop in Mareel. With the assistance of one of the noisiest and liveliest crowds he's ever encountered, he aims to keep the party going with a set to be enjoyed by everyone from 18 to 81. Over 18's only, valid photographic ID will be required. Bag searches may be carried out.

29 January 2013 - 29 January 2013

Stand Up Helly Aa

At Mareel. Warning: Show may include adult content.
Shetland Arts’ annual stand-up comedy show on Up Helly Aa night. Come along to Mareel to warm up after the UHA procession with a belly-busting bill of great comedians, featuring John Gavin, Paul Pirie, and compering by Sandy Nelson. Scottish Comedian of the Year 2009, John Gavin, offers tales of his home life with a wife and 3 young daughters as a 6ft tattooed man who has been subjected to far too much High School Musical and pink fluffy toys. John has established quite a career since he first starting performin in July 2008 when, without his knowledge, John’s wife put him forward for a competition for newcomers at the Edinburgh Fringe. He had never performed comedy before. He did so well he got through to the final of 'So You Think You’re Funny' within the first month of his comedy career. Despite having relative newcomer status, he's gone on to perform at The Stand, The Comedy Store and is part of the Gilded Balloon circuit tour. "His effortless likeability and unaffected charm make his conversational set all the more engaging...he has all the makings of a class act" - Chortle "Hard hitting and side splitting" - Daily Record Paul Pirie began his stand-up career in 2006, quickly establishing himself on the Scottish comedy circuit. With a driving force for achievement, Paul worked his way into the London clubs and was launched onto the UK comedy scene, emerging as one of the biggest Scottish acts on the UK comedy circuit. Paul’s career has encompassed TV, (appearing in Ikea's April 2011 comedy based TV advert), Film and Radio alongside his skill as a stand-up. His hilarity and comedic ability has earned him huge popularity with comedy goers and bookers across the world, gigging as far abroad as Australia and for diverse audiences such as The Armed Forces. Paul's work is superbly individual and put simply, delivers a refreshing burst of laugh out loud comedy that leaves audiences in raptures. "Fizzing with energy and spewing out one-liners like he had just scoffed a dodgy prawn, Pirie is a man we will be seeing more of" - Daily Record "Supremely clever and very entertaining" - Shetland Today To book wheelchair bays or specific seating, please contact the Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555 or book in person at Mareel or Islesburgh.

29 January 2013 - 29 January 2013

Fiery Sessions 2013

At Mareel. Fixed seating in the auditorium. Shetland Arts' annual Up Helly Aa day concert. Come along to Mareel in the afternoon to warm up before the UHA procession with some of Shetland's best traditional muscians. This year, audiences will be stomping their feet along to Vair and Kaeila Jamieson & John Hutchison, with additional great local acts to be confirmed very soon. To book specific seating or wheelchair bays, please contact Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555 or book in person at Mareel or Islesburgh.

20 January 2013 - 03 March 2013

Veer North: Numbers

Public opening: Saturday 19 January 11am - 1pm Veer North is the most northerly group of visual artists in the UK. Set up in 2003, it is a professional association providing a supportive network in Shetland for visual artists of all disciplines, while encouraging debate and developing opportunities both within Shetland and beyond. They have established links with artists and organisations throughout Northern Europe, Faroe and Iceland and have exhibited widely. The exhibition at Bonhoga has been selected and curated around the concept of numbers. Lower Gallery: Linda Newington Watercolours Craft Cabinet: UK Crafts

15 December 2012 - 15 December 2012

The View supported by First Foot Soldiers & North Country Fair

At Mareel. Klub Revolution and Shetland Arts  are delighted to announce that top Scottish band The View have agreed to come to Shetland to play Mareel on 15th December. The View came to prominence in 2006 with the release of their debut album, Hats Off To The Buskers, which topped the UK charts on it’s first week of release and also featured their biggest single to date, Same Jeans, which was a top 3 hit in the singles chart. The band who were formed in Dundee have gone on to be one of Scotland’s most consistent bands with 3 further album releases all making the UK top 20. The View are currently touring their latest album, Cheeky For A Reason, and will follow up their intimate date in Shetland with 2 sell out shows at the Barrowland in Glasgow and a sell out show at the Caird Hall in their home town of Dundee. Next year The View will also play one of the biggest shows in Scotland when they support the Stone Roses at Glasgow Green in June. Tickets for The View + Special Guests at Mareel on Saturday 15th December go on public sale on Saturday 1st December from 10am at Shetland Box Office at Mareel and Islesburgh. For telephone sales call 01595 745555 Tickets are £35 and the event is open to over 16’s (under 18’s accompanied by an adult) Refunds for Happy Mondays tickets must be collected from Shetland Box Office before Saturday 15th December. Happy Mondays tickets can also be exchanged for The View tickets (+ cash difference refunded) subject to availability. Standing Event. Sat 15 December. Price: £35.00

08 December 2012 -

Aidan Moffat & Bill Wells

At Mareel. Raked seating in the auditorium. For whelchair bays or specific seating requests please contact the Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555. A collaboration eight years in the making, Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat's paths first crossed in 2003 when Arab Strap invited Bill to contribute some music to their new album, 'Monday At The Hug & Pint'. It was then that Aidan and Bill (a respected bassist, pianist and experimental jazz composer) resolved to make an album together, with the first recordings taking place shortly after the Hug & Pint sessions. Wheels turn slowly in the world of music collaborations though, and it's been an elongated creative process bringing an album's worth of material together. It's been worth the wait though, with the end product, an album entitled 'Everything's Getting Older' ranking alongside some of the best work Aidan has ever done. Thoughtful and reflective, with Bill's poignant scores underpinning Aidan's increasingly peerless lyric writing, 'Everything's Getting Older' looks set to be one of the albums of the year. A must-see concert in Mareel during Official Opening Season. Sat 8 December. Price: £16.00

15 November 2012 - 23 December 2012

Buzz: Christmas Exhibition

16th November - 23rd December Public Opening Thursday 15th 7-9pm All Welcome A selection of work from some of the UK’s finest artists, designers and makers Lower Gallery: Cartoon Correspondence Smirk to Sally Kindberg Lower Craft Cabinet: Art and craft from across the UK Bonhoga Gallery • Shop • Cafe

26 October 2012 - 28 October 2012

Guitar Festival 2012

The dates for The Peerie Willie Guitar Festival 2012 will be 26 to 28 October. More information about the festival here.

26 October 2012 - 28 October 2012

Guitar Festival 2012

The dates for The Peerie Willie Guitar Festival 2012 will be 26 to 28 October. More information about the festival here.

13 October 2012 - 13 October 2012

Vic Galloway Presents:

The Phantom Band Honeyblood The Last At Mareel at part of the opening season. This is a standing gig. 13th October will see 'Vic Galloway Presents' begin at Mareel, the first in a series of regular music showcase concerts hosted by BBC Radio 1 & BBC Radio Scotland DJ Vic Galloway, followed by a DJ set by the man himself. On the 13 October he will be presenting The Phantom Band, Honeyblood, and Shetland’s own The Last. Vic Galloway has hosted his own self-titled radio shows on both BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 1 for the past eleven years. He has also hosted Radio 1’s Rock Show and recently sat in for Marc Riley on BBC6 Music. He is often likened to the legendary John Peel, given he un-unashamedly champions new, emerging and often revolutionary music on his shows. The Phantom Band originally formed in 2006 and are now signed to the legendary Glasgow label Chemikal Underground. The Phantom Band are one of Scotland’s most acclaimed indie-rock bands, having toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe and North America in recent years. The band’s cross genre approach appeals to a wide audience and they are the ideal band to headline Mareel’s first Vic Galloway Presents event. Honeyblood are an Edinburgh based duo touted by many in the industry as one of Scotland’s leading up and coming bands. Similar in approach to the White Stripes with their guitar, drums and vocal approach, 2012 has been their emerging year on the national scene, a year that’s seen them playing increasingly high profile gigs. The Last need no introduction to Shetland audiences as they are already established as one of the most popular and acclaimed bands on the local scene. Their EP Halos and Heartaches has attracted regular air-play on SIBC while the band also made a hugely successful appearance on the main stage at last year’s Tall Ship’s event.

07 October 2012 - 07 October 2012

The Wonderful World Of Cerys Matthews

At Mareel. Standing event. For any access needs please contact Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 500. Mareel’s Official Opening Season will kick off in style with, amongst other events, The Wonderful World of Cerys Matthews on Sunday 7 October – an eclectic and dynamic mix of the best music and poetry from around the world, hosted and performed by Cerys and guests. Join Cerys as she performs and hosts an eclectic and dynamic mix of the best music and poetry from around the world. See unique and exclusively live performances of songs, from original pieces to cover songs from the likes of Johnny Cash to Sydney Bechet, from melody to spoken word, from the obscure and the exotic to guitar driven classics. Cerys will be performing alongside guests Arun Ghosh, Musa Okwonga, Frank Moon, Chi 2 and Mason Neely, who will be appearing both as soloists during impromptu performances in the Café Bar during the day, and together in a foot stomping evening revue.

06 October 2012 - 06 October 2012

Shetland Community Orchestra

At Mareel. If you wish to take advantage of the family discount, have any access needs or require specific seating please contact Mareel on 01595 745 500 or Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555. Now entering its second year, Shetland’s very own community orchestra kicks off Mareel’s official opening season with an ambitious concert showcasing the wealth of musical talent in the isles. Local soloists on pipes, clarsachs and accordions feature on Dick Lee’s "Dalriada" which won the Scottish Centres of Excellence in Music Competition for Scottish Composers in 2007, and local tune “Da Broon Coo” – ably performed by Margaret Scollay and her fiddlers - forms the centrepiece for Copland’s “Hoe Down” from Rodeo. Listen out for the Orchestra’s newly expanded percussion and brass sections which will be shown off to full effect in Sibelius’ "Finlandia" and a selection of well-known tunes from "West Side Story". The Orchestra’s spring concert sold enough tickets to fill Mareel, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book wheelchair bays please contact Shetland Box Office on 01595 745 555.

22 September 2012 - 04 November 2012

Text-Isles: Swap Box

Saturday 22 September - Sunday 4 November 2012 Public Opening: All welcome Friday 21 September 5.30pm - 7.30pm Text-Isles is a collective of contemporary Shetland textile designers who collaborate to promote their own work. For their exhibition each designer-maker received a starter box containing basic materials such as cotton, Shetland wool or fleece to which they added items representing their own interpretation of an aspect of Shetland culture, and some of their making processes or design inspirations. The box was then swapped with that of another designer-maker and used as the inspiration for a new body of work for exhibition. Lower Gallery: Print exhibition Craft Cabinet: Textile jewellery from the UK Bonhoga Gallery, Shop & Cafe Opening Hours: Tue - Sat: 10.30 - 4.30 Sun: 12:00 - 4.30

31 August 2012 - 09 September 2012

Wordplay Book Festival 2012

The dates for Wordplay 2012 will be 31 August to 9 September. More information about the festival here.

31 August 2012 - 09 September 2012

Screenplay Film Festival 2012

The dates for Screenplay 2012 will be 31 August to 9 September. More information about the festival here.

11 August 2012 - 11 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Blazin' Fiddles

At the Garrison Theatre. Unreserved Seating. From remote village halls to the Royal Albert “Village” Hall, Blazin’ Fiddles have delighted audiences with their highlands and islands fiddle music and tales. Fiddles and bows blaze away with guitar and piano for one of the most exciting and memorable fiddle ensembles ever to take the stage. Support from Fiddle Frenzy Students and Linda Irvine. Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

10 August 2012 - 10 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Corran Raa

At Burravoe Hall, Yell. Unreserved Seating. A Scottish band, heavily influenced by the traditional music that has flowed across the North, Atlantic and Irish Seas. Moving melodies, lush harmonies, soulful vocals and inventive accompaniment. Corran Raa have a passionate interest in their native music. Originating from the length of the country, from Shetland to London, their intertwined musical paths eventually converged on Taransay in 2005. Support from Lynda & Jean Anderson and Cullivoe Fiddlers. Dance with Leeshinat. Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

09 August 2012 - 09 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Ross Couper & Tom Oakes

At the Garrison Theatre. Unreserved Seating. Fiddle and guitar duo, Ross and Tom combine traditions of Scotland and Ireland, delivering a highly dynamic mixture of power and fragility with warmth and humour. Ross’ explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of some of the biggest acts on the Scottish folk scene including 2009 Scots Folk Award winning (Band of the Year) Bodega. Tom is a multi-award winning guitarist and flautist, founder member of the genre defying Auvo Quartet. Support from Fraser Trait (Traditional Young Fiddler of the Year) and Hansel. Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

08 August 2012 - 08 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson

At the Garrison Theatre. Unreserved Seating. Maggie is a young Shetland fiddler of well renowned technical skill. Her talents have reaped her many awards, from Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year 2008 to national Glenfiddich Fiddle Champion 2011. She has wowed audiences locally and abroad with a unique mix of everything from traditional Shetland favourites to gypsy jazz. Brian Nicholson brings equal skill and virtuosity with his guitar accompaniment, to build a duo that will keep you entranced, entertained and wishing for more. Support from Fiddle Frenzy Tutors and NE3 Folk. Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

07 August 2012 - 07 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Brian Gear with Violet Tulloch

At Walls Public Hall, Walls. Unreserved Seating. Bryan is a student of the late Willie Hunter, and embodies much of his teacher’s style, grace and emotion in his playing. From heart-wrenching slow airs, to fast paced reels, Bryan plays with meticulous skill to thrill audiences in Shetland each year, and has also travelled to perform at festivals around the world. Bryan performs with one of Shetland’s best known pianists, local musical legend Violet Tulloch, who has performed with many of Shetland’s best known musicians from Tom Anderson to Aly Bain, including a number of TV performances. Together, these two amazing musicians combine to form one incredible duo. Support from Jim & Berndette and Fradner Gamla. Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

06 August 2012 - 06 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Jenna Reid Band

At the Garrison Theatre. Unreserved Seating. Since releasing her debut solo album in 2005 and being awarded ‘Best Up and Coming Artist’ at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards, Jenna Reid has undoubtedly remained one of the brightest young talents ever to grace the traditional music scene. Jenna has appeared all over the world with Shetland fiddling sensations, ‘Filska’, Scottish super group, ‘Deaf Shepherd’ and ‘Dochas’, winners of ‘Best Up and Coming Band’ at the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards. Following the success of her first album, Jenna was invited by Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas to perform on the third and fourth series of BBC’s Transatlantic Sessions Jenna will perform with a 5 piece line up of her hand which first performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in 2007. Support from Mirka and Iain Williamson Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

05 August 2012 - 05 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Harris Playfair

At the Garrison Theatre. Unreserved Seating. For the third year, Harris Playfair will spend a week working with young traditional and jazz musicians in Shetland to form an original, eclectic and energetic Big Band, fusing traditional and jazz styles. Providing a demanding but thrilling learning curve for the participants, the musicians rehearse for a week prior to Fiddle Frenzy to rehearse and arrange tunes, and will perform their achievements as the opening concert for Fiddle Frenzy. Be prepared for an energetic, mind challenging, jazz-fused take on traditional tunes. Support Acts: Laura Smith (Young Fiddler of the Year 2012) and Kaela Jamieson. Concert followed by Dance in Islesburgh with Jim Halcrow Band. Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

05 August 2012 - 12 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Summer Schools

Fiddle / guitar accompaniment / drawing & painting / knitting techniques Fiddle Frenzy is now in its 9th year, and comprises workshops, cultural trips, concerts, dances and a festival club. Workshops on offer are: fiddle - guitar accompaniment - drawing & painting - knitting techniques All workshops run all week, with one session in the morning and another in the afternoon.  Or choose a cultural trip to a different area of Shetland in the afternoon, then finish off the day with a concert in the evening, and a tune at the Festival Club. You can do one subject all week or mix it up with a bit of everything - fiddle one day, knitting in the afternoon, drawing & painting another day.  The music classes are all taught by ear, with one guitar class of mixed abilities, and four fiddle groups - slow learning by ear, slow/medium, medium/fast and fast. We are based in Lerwick most of the week, except for Tuesday when we head west to Walls for the day and Friday when we go to Burravoe on the island of Yell. To register, you need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £25 (£12.50 for under 18s only).  You can book for the full week or for part of the week - prices depend on the number of days or workshops you are attending (minimum charge £25 / £12.50). The cost for the week is £400 (£200 for under 18s).  This covers the cost of workshops, trips and concerts, and your meals & transport when we are in Walls & Burravoe.  It doesn't include accommodation or travel to Shetland.  Prices for individual days / part weeks are available on application. Headlining concerts this year are Blazin' Fiddles, The Harris Playfair Big Band Project, The Jenna Reid Band, Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, and more, with support from some of Shetland's best musicians.

04 August 2012 - 04 August 2012

Fiddle Frenzy: Peter Cooke Lecture

At the Garrison Theatre. Unreserved Seating. During the 1970s, Dr Peter Cooke visited Shetland to study the distinctive Shetland fiddle style, its players and the various regional styles in existence at that time. His recordings and publication 'The Fiddle Tradition of the Shetland Islands' generated an valued archive of some styles which can no longer be heard. We are delighted to welcome Peter back to Shetland, to present his talk 'Shetland Fiddle Playing: From the Box Bed to Youtube', which will explore the changes in fiddle styles and traditions in Shetland playing, from his early fieldwork to the present day. His presentation will include audio and video archive material and will be followed by a panel discussion of changes in playing and style over the years. A must for all fans of musical history and Shetland fiddle. Other Fiddle Frenzy Concerts: Peter Cooke Lecture | Harris Playfair Big Band | Jenna Reid Band | Bryan Gear with Violet Tulloch | Maggie Adamson & Brian Nicolson | Ross Couper & Tom Oates | Corran Raa | Blazin' Fiddles

04 August 2012 - 16 September 2012

Anne Bevan: Particle - Things Unseen

Public Opening: All welcome Friday 3 August 5.30pm - 7.30pm Bonhoga Gallery, Shop & Cafe Opening Hours: Tue - Sat: 10.30 - 4.30 Sun: 12:00 - 4.30 An installation of sculpture, print and video exploring the microscopic world of our shores and oceans, from the North Atlantic to the Sea of Japan. The work is developed from residencies in the Scalloway Booth in Shetland, and in the Hebrides, connecting islands and sea, through science, art and creative writing. A publication will accompany with texts by Jen Hadfield, Robert Alan Jamieson, Alan Spence and Janice Galloway. Supported by: RSA residencies for Scotland, Creative Scotland, The Hope Scott Trust, Visual Artist Awards Edinburgh & Edinburgh College of Art. Lower Gallery: Laura Drever – Bosquoy – drawing & painting Craft Cabinet: Farlin – work in progress from the Farlin poetry/craft project

20 June 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: 'A Separation' (PG)

7.30pm @ the Garrison Theatre. Part of the Film Wednesdays season. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

16 June 2012 - 29 July 2012

Susan Leask: Those who left, those who stayed

Public Opening: All welcome Friday 15 June 5.30pm - 7.30pm Bonhoga Gallery, Shop & Cafe Opening Hours: Tue - Sat: 10.30 - 4.30 Sun: 12:00 - 4.30 Susan’s father was one of six surviving children born in the first decade of the 20th century in Shetland, three left and three stayed. Her father left for Glasgow, Susan lives in Liverpool and during a one month residency at the Booth in July 2010 she spoke to Shetlanders to find out where they went, why they stayed, why some returned and how they kept communication with family back home. This exhibition is a direct response to her findings and includes drawings, photography and light works. The exhibition will extend to the Lower Gallery Craft Cabinet: selected work from the Shetland Arts and Crafts Association

15 June 2012 - 17 June 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'American Pie: Reunion' (15)

Friday 15 June: 8.30pm Saturday 16 June: 8.30pm Sunday 17 June: 8.30pm Thirteen years after they graduated High School, Jim and the guys have all moved on and have adult responsibilities. Jim and Michelle are married with a young son, Oz is a successful sports caster with a supermodel girlfriend, Kevin is married and working as an architect, Stifler works in an investment firm... and Finch appears to have gone missing. The gang are all invited to a high school reunion in Great East Falls, where they each try and shake themselves out of the ruts they’ve found themselves in, and relive the greatest days of their lives. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

15 June 2012 - 17 June 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'Marvel Avengers Assemble' (12a)

Friday 15 June: 5.00pm Saturday 16 June: 1.30pm and 5.00pm Sunday 17 June: 1.30pm and 5.00pm When Earth is threatened by Thor’s evil brother Loki, Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson), the Director of the international peacekeeping agency S.H.I.E.L.D., is forced to revive the Avengers Initiative. Unfortunately, Earth’s mightiest heroes are neither willing nor able to play nicely or join the team. However needs must, and Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Hulk reluctantly assemble to save humanity and pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Also Starring Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

13 June 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: 'Rear Window' (PG)

7.30pm @ the Garrison Theatre. Part of the Film Wednesdays season. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

10 June 2012 - 10 June 2012

Hansel of Film

11.30am @ the Garrison Theatre Hansel of Film - Shetland to Southampton and Back Shetland Arts is taking a UK-wide part in the London 2012 Festival celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games.  ‘A Hansel of Film – Shetland to Southampton and Back’ is a relay of screenings of short films made by the public in our Olympic Nations and Regions. It will be launched in Shetland on 10th June with the arrival of the Olympic Torch in the isles as it reaches its UK most northerly point. The films will be relayed between participating venues by ‘runners’; that is, creative and energetic individuals who will employ whatever means of transport they can devise to get the right films to the right venue on time. This will culminate in a marathon screening of over 100 short films at Shetland's annual film festival, Screenplay 2012, between 4th and 9th September. The project will take films made by Shetlanders and others to twenty one venues around the country and will form a celebration of ‘home made’ short films similar to that which takes place annually at Screenplay. Further information at Hansel of Film 2012 website.

06 June 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: 'Tabloid' (12a)

7.30pm @ the Garrison Theatre. Part of the Film Wednesdays season. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

31 May 2012 - 03 June 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'Gone' (15)

Friday 1 June: 8.30pm Saturday 2 June: 8.00pm Two years ago Jill (Amanda Seyfried) was abducted, and, while she is safe now, she's still haunted by the memories of the traumatic experience.  But when her sister is kidnapped out of the blue, she has reason to believe that her former captor (a convicted serial killer) has returned and is the man behind her sister's disappearance.  Jill does the only thing she can do - she sets out to find him and save her sister before it is too late. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

31 May 2012 - 03 June 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'Salmon Fishing in the Yemen' (12a)

Thursday 31 May: 5.30pm Saturday 2 June: 5.30pm Sunday 3 June: 5.30pm A sheikh and fisherman wants to populate a local river in the Yemen with salmon from England.  He enlists the help of British fisheries expert, Dr. Alfred Jones (played by Ewan McGregor), to help him realise his dream.  However, they face opposition from both the British people and from insurgents in the sheikh's home country.  Along the way, Dr. Jones falls for the sheikh's assistant who helps them in their mission.  Featuring Kristen Scott Thomas and Emily Blunt Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

31 May 2012 - 03 June 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'The Cabin in the Woods' (15)

Thursday 31 May: 8.30pm Friday 1 June: 6.00pm Sunday 3 June: 8.30pm A group of college students journey up to a remote location to stay in a cabin in the woods.  What seems like a great vacation idea at the time soon turns into something much more sinister, as it transpires that they have been deliberately lured here, and now they are trapped by unknown forces.  In order to get out alive, they must push themselves beyond what they thought they could do, and find the truth about the cabin in the woods. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

31 May 2012 - 03 June 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'A Cat in Paris' (U)

Saturday 2 June: 11.00am and 2.00pm Sunday 3 June: 11.00am and 2.00pm Dino the cat leads a double life.  By day he is the loyal pet companion to Zoe, but by night he works with Nico, a burglar with a heart of gold.  Since her father's murder by gangster Costa, Zoe hasn't spoken a word.  One day though, Dino brings home an extremely valuable bracelet for Zoe, but it is found to be part of a priceless stolen jewellery collection.  Realising this, Zoe decides to follow Dino, and discovers that her pet may be in league with gangsters. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

30 May 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: 'Drive' (18)

7.30pm @ the Garrison Theatre. Part of the Film Wednesdays season. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

23 May 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: 'Julia's Eyes' (15)

7.30pm @ the Garrison Theatre. Part of the Film Wednesdays season. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

18 May 2012 - 20 May 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'Mirror Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White' (PG)

Saturday 19 May: 2.00pm and 5.00pm Sunday 20 May: 5.00pm One of the most beloved stories of all time is brought to life in this motion picture for the whole family. The Evil Queen (Julia Roberts) ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom and the only one who can stop her is the beautiful, exiled princess Snow White (Lily Collins). Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

18 May 2012 - 20 May 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'The Hunger Games' (12a)

Friday 18 May: 8.00pm Saturday 19 May: 8.00pm Sunday 20 May: 8.00pm In the North America of the future, each of twelve districts must choose one girl and one boy between the ages of 12 to 18 to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a brutal fight to the death broadcast on live television. When her sister Prim (Willow Shields) is chosen to participate, 16 year old Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) takes her place in the Games, and must risk her life to save to save her sister. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

18 May 2012 - 20 May 2012

Films @ The Garrison: 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists' (U)

Friday 18 May: 5.30pm Saturday 19 May: 11.00am Sunday 20 May: 11.00am and 2.00pm From Aardman Animations. Pirate Captain and his rag-tag crew set out on a mission to defeat his rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz for the “Pirate of the Year” Award. The quest takes Captain and his crew from the shores of Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they do battle with the pirate-hating Queen and team up with a young Charles Darwin, but they never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure! Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office, Islesburgh, 01595 745555.

09 May 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: West Side Story

(Cert: PG) Part of the Film Wednesdays season - 7.30pm at the Garrison Theatre. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

03 May 2012 - 06 May 2012

Films @ The Garrison

Garrison Theatre from Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 May. Showing: Hugo (U), We Bought a Zoo (PG), John Carter (12a) and The Decoy Bride (12a) Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555. For more info see our Films @ Garrison Theatre page.

02 May 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: Topp Twins - Untouchable Girls

(Cert: 12a) Special Event, part of the Film Wednesdays season - 7.30pm at the Garrison Theatre. Tickets £8/£6 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

28 April 2012 - 10 June 2012

The Shetland Open Landscape Awards

Bonhoga Gallery, Shop & Cafe Opening Hours: Tue - Sat: 10.30 - 4.30 Sun: 12:00 - 4.30 The Open welcomes entries from amateur, professional and student artists and craft makers, aged 18 and over, who are linked to Shetland by birth, education or residency. This year’s theme, which can be interpreted in any way possible, will be ‘Landscape’. Category winners will have the opportunity to exhibit in a group show at Bonhoga in 2013. Lower Gallery: The Shetland Open for Bairns Craft Cabinet: UK craft

25 April 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: We Need to Talk About Kevin

(Cert: 15) Part of the Film Wednesdays season - 7.30pm at the Garrison Theatre. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

19 April 2012 - 22 April 2012

Films @ The Garrison

Garrison Theatre from Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 April. Showing: Hop (U), Story of Kells (PG), Bel Ami (12a), Hunky Dory (15) and 21 Jump Street (15) Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555. For more info see our Films @ Garrison Theatre page.

11 April 2012 -

Film Wednesdays: The Referees

(Cert: Exempt) Part of the Film Wednesdays season - 7.30pm at the Garrison Theatre. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

05 April 2012 - 08 April 2012

Films @ The Garrison

Garrison Theatre from Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 April. Showing: Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked (U), Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (PG)The Woman in Black (12a), This Means War (12a) and Rampart (15) Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555. For more info see our Films @ Garrison Theatre page.

29 March 2012 - 31 March 2012

Shetland Youth Theatre: Lord of the Flies

Garrison Theatre from Thursday 29 – Saturday 31 March. Shetland Youth Theatre present Nigel William's adaptation of William Golding's classic novel 'Lord Of The Flies'. This production is directed by John Haswell. Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555.

22 March 2012 - 25 March 2012

Films @ The Garrison

Garrison Theatre from Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 March. Showing: The Muppets (U), The Artist (PG), The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (12a) and Martha Marcy May Marlene (15) Tickets £6/£4 from Shetland Box Office 01595 745555. For more info see our Films @ Garrison Theatre page.

10 March 2012 - 22 April 2012

Jayne Wallace - Portage: Anchor Points

Saturday 10 March – Sunday 22 April 2012 Public Opening: All welcome Friday 9 March 5.30pm – 7.30pm Jayne Wallace is a digital artist with a background in contemporary jewellery. The core of her work considers how jewellery can play a role within what we each consider emotionally meaningful, and how the expression of this can be enriched through the integration of digital technologies. The exhibition stems from work made with two Shetland fishing families in 2010 as part of the Portage: Crossing Points project. More information: Lower Gallery: Tim Large – Net to Shop – photographs Craft Cabinet: UK craft Stairwell Gallery: Helen Robertson – Hentilagaets installation images. Supported by: Visual Artist Award from Shetland Arts. Bonhoga Gallery, Shop & Cafe Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 10.30 – 4.30 Sun: 12:00 – 4.30

29 February 2012 - 18 May 2012

Get Involved: Hansel of Film

Hansel of Film - Shetland to Southampton and Back Make a film, become a runner, attend a free public screening or do all three! SUBMIT A FILM We're looking for all sorts of films - the more the better. They can be about any subject you like provided they are no longer than five minutes, and that they are suitable for general viewing - use your common sense on this one. TAKE PART IN THE 'RELAY' Well, first of all, you don't have to run! Just carry the films from venue to venue, in any imaginative way you can devise. Whether you are a vintage car enthusiast, an equestrian, a motorbike & sidecar fan, a walker, a cyclist - even a runner! All you need to do is get the films to the right place at the right time. ATTEND AN EVENT We believe the experience of watching films is always better in the company of other like-minded people so why not come along to one of the twenty-one screenings around the country. We'd be delighted to see you. Further information at Hansel of Film 2012 website.

21 January 2012 - 04 March 2012

Dennis Coutts - Sixties Exposure

Public Opening: All welcome Friday 20 January 5.30pm – 7.30pm Gallery Talk with Dennis Coutts: All welcome Saturday 21 January 2.00pm Dennis Coutts has been photographing Shetland’s society for over 60 years and his work is a fascinating catalogue of life throughout the Isles. For this exhibition work has been selected from the 1960s and represents the pre-oil era. While life was very different then, these stunning photographs reflect a character of life in Shetland which is timeless and remains in many ways unchanged today. Lower Gallery: Jennifer Tait From a Lily, printed textiles & Beto and Bloomer Brushes images created through iTouch Craft Cabinet: UK craft Bonhoga Gallery, Shop & Cafe Opening Hours: Tue – Sat: 10.30 – 4.30 Sun: 12:00 – 4.30
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