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April 2021


Document Scotland

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Visual Arts



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A selected exhibition of photographs created as part of Show Us Shetland, a collaborative project with Document Scotland.

Nine young people from Shetland have been working on a project with photography collective Document Scotland to capture their lives in Shetland, from a very personal perspective.

During February and March we asked the nine young artists to show us where they live and their local environment. Despite the challenges of taking photographs during lockdown, the work produced showed their individual and unique talents and together built a fascinating picture of what their lives are like today. With no need for prior experience or professional photographic equipment, the young people were encouraged to find new ways to tell stories through their pictures, while giving a glimpse into their worlds during these strange and challenging times.

From the work submitted, two images from each young photographer were chosen for this exhibition, installed on the exterior facade of Mareel.

Photographs by: Aileen Cumming, Freya Deyell, Kailee Tait, Katrena Anderson, Kiera Nicolson, Kiy Rafferty, Lucy Renwick, Martha Brown and Sophie Manson.

Document Scotland is a collective of three Scottish documentary photographers; Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert, Colin McPherson and Sophie Gerrard, brought together by a common vision to witness and photograph important and diverse stories within Scotland. Their expertise and insight has been shared with the group through informal online workshops and discussions. The young artists were invited to showcase their work at an online salon event hosted by Document Scotland and Shetland Arts at the end of the project. More information and a recording of the event is available here on the Document Scotland website.

Install by Artmachine (Shetland) Ltd.

Thumbnail image: Kiy Rafferty

Image: Sophie Manson


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