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Dates

February - December 2021

Partners

The McNay Art Museum, British Council, Creative Scotland, Art Fund, Association of Art Museum Curators

Project Subject

Visual Arts

Location

Shetland // Texas

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The two selected artists selected for X-CHANGE are Shetland based filmmaker and writer Shona Main, and Texas-based conceptual artist, Holly Veselka - read more here.


X-CHANGE is a partnership between Shetland Arts and McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

It is an artist residency / exchange opportunity exploring the extraction economy and the environment, funded by The British Council and Creative Scotland with support from Art Fund (UK) and Association of Art Museum Curators (US).

The two diverse geographies of Texas and Shetland have been heavily exploited for their natural resources. Shetland - the archipelago at the most northerly tip of the UK – was made rich by the oil and gas processing industry in the 1970s and thrives off the oil and gas fields that skirt it. It now looks to renewables for its future with construction underway on what will be the largest onshore wind farm in the UK. The oil-rich state of Texas has a longstanding and complex relationship between its natural reserves and the gargantuan industry built around it. It also has the largest onshore windfarm in the world.

With the industrialization and oil-rich economies of our two distinct geographies as the creative catalyst, we hope to inspire new work that will spark and arc locally, nationally, and internationally, addressing questions of sustainability and climate change as COP26 comes to Scotland in late 2021.


Shetland Arts is thrilled to have to the opportunity to build a partnership with The McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas and connect our two artistic communities. Shetland - the archipelago at the most northerly tip of the UK - thrives off the oil and gas fields that skirt it, but now looks to renewables for its future. With the industrialisation and oil-rich economies of our two distinct geographies as the creative catalyst, we hope to inspire new work that will spark and arc locally, nationally and internationally, addressing questions of sustainability and climate change as COP26 comes to Scotland.

(Jane Matthews, Exhibition Manager at Shetland Arts)

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