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Perimeter is a (con)temporary outdoor exhibition space in the car park at Mareel, showing new work in strange times. A programme of small exhibitions and events will take place within it over the coming weeks. The space is locked and monitored 24/7 by CCTV. Please be mindful of social distancing and keep 2m apart.

The current exhibition:

A Moment in Time

MAMhouss, 2020

MAMhouss is a collective of artists, writers and makers who aim to navigate and combine parenting with creative practice. Their work is driven by dialogue with a wider community, particularly a community underrepresented or an otherwise non-traditional art audience.

In September 2020 MAMhouss completed a Shetland Arts residency at The Booth Studio in Scalloway, working collaboratively to explore the strange times we find ourselves in. As part of this they installed a kiosk outside and asked for responses to questions about the Covid-19 lockdown and how it made people feel. These interactions became part of a creative conversation that has resulted in new work exhibited here.

Kristi Tait of MAMhouss will be present on Saturday 7 November from 1-2pm to encourage participation in the form of chalk drawing on the pavement and recording more responses to Covid Times, so come along and get involved in a socially distant and safe way.


The first PERIMETER show was Ways of Seeing by Shetland-based artist Vivian Ross-Smith.

In July 2020, Vivian commandeered the Shetland Webcam network to make a performance piece exploring accessibility of the art world, perceptions of place and her identity as an islander. It tackled questions around the presentation of artwork in our current Covid-climate. Vivian aims to challenge our understanding of both the gallery space and the audience for contemporary art.

For PERIMETER, Vivian presented Ways of Seeing, including a montage of footage from her Webcam appearances. She will also periodically dress in wearable paintings and occupy the greenhouse, which acts as a window in as well as a barrier and screen, to contemplate the tensions between absence, presence, and physical and digital forms of connection.

Vivian explains, “There are many challenges to sharing artwork right now, and these strange times are teaching us important lessons in rethinking how we access art too. I am delighted to be the first artist to occupy the PERIMETER space with Shetland Arts. The ethos of the space works perfectly in tandem with my recent work and I hope folk will enjoy stopping by to be both intrigued and amused.”

Ways of Seeing on CCTV

Ways of Seeing on CCTV II

Ways of Seeing on CCTV III


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