LOCUS is a new contemporary art trail being devised around the centre of Lerwick by Living Lerwick in partnership with Shetland Arts. It will consist of up to four commissioned works of public art located at predefined sites that will act as town placemakers, animate the area and offer a new way to engage with contemporary art and the environment.
An accompanying trail map will act as an interpretive guide, incorporating existing public artworks to create a wider trail. The self-led walking trail will encourage people to consider the town and its amenities with a fresh perspective, connecting business, place and art for the community and visitors alike.
The trail will connect business, place, art, the community and visitors to the town. The work will be commissioned via an open call/selection process, responding to a brief on the theme of placemaking:
Where we are / Where we’re going / Where we’ve come from
The scope is broad to encourage as diverse an approach as possible.
The closing date for applications was 5pm, 23 October 2019. Late applications can not be considered.
This project is being funded through the Shetland Islands Council as part of the Town Centre Fund, a Scottish Government initiative to "stimulate and support place-based economic investments which encourage town centres to diversify and flourish, creating footfall through local improvements and partnerships.”
We are pleased to be working with Shetland Arts on the town centre art trail project. It's something we've been hoping to progress for a number of years and now that we have the funding confirmed, and the expertise of Shetland Arts staff, I know we will be able to deliver a successful and attractive project for Lerwick's town centre. We're looking forward to seeing the ideas that come from the artists developed into the finished artworks
Living Lerwick Chairman
Our ambition is for a series of striking visual artworks that create a narrative on Lerwick and its connection to the past, present and future. The work will be commissioned via an open call/selection process, responding to a brief on the theme of placemaking: Where we are / Where we’re going / Where we’ve come from. The scope is broad to encourage as diverse an approach as possible.