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‘Portage: crossing points’

An exciting freelance opportunity, great for your CV, has arisen to work for a month invigilating an exhibition, which is the first of its kind in the UK.

The exhibition is of digital jewellery and interactive craft objects at Shetland Arts’ Bonhoga Gallery from 29 May – 27 June 2010. The show will solely feature the work of three UK based makers at the forefront of research in this emerging area, combining contemporary craft with new technology: Hazel White, Jayne Wallace and Sarah Kettley.

The exhibition will showcase objects or wearable pieces which contain interactive technology allowing the wearer/ user to interface with others. The work has stemmed from residencies carried out in Shetland by White and Wallace during 2009, alongside an interactive performance piece, ‘Ensemble’, created by Kettley. The exhibition is part of Shetland Arts’ wider ‘Portage’ project, elements of which are funded through the Scottish Arts Council, Shetland Arts and Newcastle University. There are two further ‘Portage’ exhibitions at Bonhoga during 2010, featuring international contemporary jewellery and textiles: ‘Portage: finger symbols’ (August - September) and ‘Textiles: extremes of scale’ (October – November).

White’s work for ‘Portage*: crossing points’ is directly related to Shetland’s diaspora whilst Wallace’s explores life for women on Shetland whose partners work at sea. Wallace’s and Kettley’s planned works revolve around exploring connections and interactions between people across distance, real or psychological.

The exhibition is also part of the ‘Power of Place’ programme of activities throughout 2010 and coincides with Shetland‘s ‘Hamefarin’ (homecoming) celebrations from 13 - 27 June 2010 when Shetlanders from all around the world are welcomed back to their home islands. (See http://www.shetlandhamefarin.com for further detail.)

*‘Portage’:
1. The carrying or transporting of something. 2. A charge made for carrying or transporting something. 3. The carrying of boats or cargo across land from one waterway to another or around an unnavigable section of a waterway. 4. An overland route used when transporting a boat or its cargo from one waterway to another. (Dictionary definitions)
‘most portages are the result of elevation changes, either changes in elevation from one body of water to another, or changes in elevation of the land between.’ (Wikipedia)
Click on Opportunities for more detail on the Gallery Invigilator contract and an application pack.

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