The final ShetlandMade showcase begins this Saturday 21st July, celebrating craft and its role in Shetland’s culture and economy. Over the summer period the main gallery is hosting the work of some of Shetland’s most popular and talented practitioners. This programme is part of a new initiative to re-focus the space at Bonhoga towards Applied Art and Craft, while taking the established Visual Art programme out to new and exciting locations throughout Shetland. The final showcase will run until 9th September.
This showcase features work from five of Shetland’s finest designers and makers; including the launch of new contemporary textile collections from Morwenna Garrick and Margaret Hamilton, jewellery and fine applied art pieces from Helen Robertson, Shetland themed ceramics by designer Bill Brown and a bold new collection of homewares and accessories from Julie Williamson. In addition to the exhibition, Shetland Arts will deliver a weekly online feature offering further insight into each designer’s practice.
Angela Smith, Retail Manager for Shetland Arts says, “these showcases provide a great opportunity for visitors to engage with craft at a closer level and discover what it is that inspire local designers and makers to create their amazing pieces”. All work featured in the showcases is for sale and immediately available, allowing visitors to purchase with ease from a large and diverse collection of local, high quality, contemporary applied art and craft.
Running concurrently in the Lower Gallery is an exhibition of work from current students of the BA(Hons) Contemporary Textiles degree course delivered at Shetland College. Featuring artwork and inspiration from students in year one, through to high quality contemporary textiles produced by the end of the course, this exhibition gives an insight into the coursework delivered, the practical skills developed and the amazing standard of work produced at all levels.
Several of the designers featured in the ShetlandMade showcases are past graduates of this course, highlighting the success of the Creative Industries programmes delivered in Shetland.