Living Lerwick has successfully secured further funding from the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund to extend the LOCUS public art project to include two murals.

LOCUS Stage 1 consists of four newly commissioned public artworks for Lerwick by leading Scottish contemporary artists, exploring the theme of 'Where we are / Where we’re going / Where we’ve come from'. These works are in fabrication currently and due to be installed later this year with an accompanying art trail and map. Building on this, LOCUS Stage 2 will see the addition of two additional works of mural art on the same theme.

Working in partnership with Shetland Arts, an open call for mural artists has resulted in the selection of three artists and one collective to each create a design. These will be put to a public vote, for the community to choose which two designs will be commissioned for completion this summer.

Jane Matthews of Shetland Arts said, “We wanted this to be as democratic a process as possible so we’re going to put it to the public vote for the community to decide... the four designs will go on display on the street, outside the Peerie Shop café and you have six days to vote for your favourite two, one for each of the allocated sites. You can vote online or post your vote in the box at the display.”

Steve Mathieson, Chairman of Living Lerwick explains, “We’re delighted to have these additional funds to allow us to bring more colour and excitement to the street. It enables us to encourage both locals and visitors to engage more with our amazing culture and see how it inspires renowned artists from all over Scotland to create their own, unique interpretations.”

The vote will be open from 23-28 February 2021, more information on how to vote will be available soon.

Local artist, Chloe Keppie, in her third year studying Communication Design at Glasgow School of Art, has been commissioned to create the accompanying trail map which will include information on all the LOCUS works of art.

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