5 May - 24 Jun 2018
Public Opening
Opening Event - Saturday 5 May 11am-1pm
Opening Hours
Wed, Fri-Sun: 11am - 5pm

Amanda Welch is a London-based artist whose practice has moved from painting through to mixed-media installation and assemblage. She first visited Shetland in 2005. An experience while walking to the Culswick Broch was the germ for the Shetland works which form a large part of the Conditions exhibition. She says, "I recognised these Culswick cliffs as the imaginary landscape of a group of paintings made decades earlier". Eight years later she at last felt able to act on this insight, not directly but through an existing preoccupation in her work with maps. Maps are used as templates in several works and offer a covert engagement with place – landscapes by stealth. Her most recent work, Gordi Stack, leaves aside the map and is more directly concerned with the changing relationships of the walked landscape. Amanda will be resident at the lighthouse throughout May and sees this exhibition as a work in progress. Maybe Gordi Stack will prove a possible direction towards a Culswick work or maybe the experience of living and working on Bressay will lead her somewhere else entirely…

Throughout June installation artist Vicki Fleck will be in residence at the lighthouse and will create work in response to Amanda's show. Her practice considers ideas about the natural world and the human response to landscape and nature.

Planning your visit

Bressay is a 7 minute ferry journey from Lerwick (timetable overleaf). The Lighthouse is at the southerly tip of the island, approximately 3 miles from the ferry terminal. Amanda Welch will be at the lighthouse during opening hours in May and Vicki Fleck will be available during opening hours in June, each will be happy to introduce you to the work on show and talk about their practice. There is no public transport on Bressay but there is a lot to see and do on the island and it makes a good day out by car, or by bike or on foot if the weather is good. Stop for tea and cake at the Speldiburn café and browse their art exhibition and Good As New Shop (01595 820706), discover the history and archaeology of Bressay at the Bressay Heritage Centre (01595 820750) or have a meal at The Maryfield House Hotel (01595 820203). You can also visit Noss National Nature Reserve from Bressay.

Useful links

Ferry Timetable*

*Details may occasionally be subject to change, check ferry details here before travelling.