We are very proud to unveil the nine talented creatives commissioned for the Remembering Together Covid Community Memorial project, with a total support of £70,000. This initiative, part of a nationwide effort, brings together artists and communities to address the impact of the pandemic through artistic expression.

The project aims to create five memorials alongside a commemorative book. Selected artists include Renzo Spiteri, JJ Jamieson, Helen Robertson, Heather Christie and Malcolm Innes. Documenting the artists' creative process are content capturers Genevieve White (writer), Niamh Wylie (photographer), Chloe Keppie (book designer), and Liz Musser (videographer).

Each of the five memorials will receive an up to £10,000 commission, covering artist fees, travel expenses and materials. The culmination of these projects will be captured in a commemorative book, ensuring a lasting legacy. Additionally, four content capturers will each receive a £5,000 commission to document the journey and compile the memorial book.

Renzo Spiteri's project will feature new music composed with a string quartet, incorporating spoken word, soundscapes and field recordings of Shetland's natural environment.

Helen Robertson is crafting 21 glass plaques to be distributed to all 18 community councils across the isles. Additionally, a flag printed with the same design will be flown annually from Lerwick Town Hall on the date lockdown was lifted.

Heather Christie's memorial focuses on fostering self-care within the Bressay community through the creation of a map and guide which documents how islanders looked after themselves during the pandemic, so these ideas are shared for the future. It will be developed with contributions from community groups and individuals and with assistance from fellow artist Aimee Labourne.

Malcolm Innes will work with music students at Mareel to produce a captivating light installation and visual projections at key locations across the isles throughout March – May.

JJ Jamieson will create a unique film to be screened at Mareel and online, reflecting on lockdown with community members and incorporating authentic sounds of COVID-affected environments.

‘We are delighted to support so many talented artists in Shetland. Each artist is collaborating with fellow artists or engaging directly with the community to bring their memorials to life. This project embodies a true sense of unity and community spirit, stirring up memories of the solidarity felt during the lockdown period. Moreover, we're excited about the diverse range of art forms represented in these memorials; craft, music, multimedia, and print.’

Kathryn Spence, Creative Project Manager, Shetland Arts

For more information on the commission - Remembering Together Covid Memorial.

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