Shetland Arts are pleased to announce the creative practitioners delivering activities and projects across Shetland as part of Culture Collective for the year 21-22.

Pockets Full of Positivity - Christina Inkster

Christina is hoping to work with participants in care centres across Shetland to create individual handkerchiefs, embellished with positive messages and decorations, which can be combined into a large-scale tapestry, which will tour care homes and other locations at the end of the project.

Aeropuerto - Kristi Tait

Residents at the Walter and Joan Gray Care will jet off to new destinations, and visit family and friends through creativity and imagination with Kristi in her Aeropuerto project. In addition, recognising their contribution, hard-working staff at the centre will have the opportunity to delve into some fun-provoking creative sessions.

Wance apo a time... - Alex Purbrick and Jane Cockayne

In Yell and Whalsay, Alex and Jane will work intergenerationally between elder care centres and primany school-age children, and with the primary school in Sandness, to share local folklore and stories and create new ones through written and visual arts as part of their project.

Finding Our Voice - Alice Ritch

In Bigton and the South Mainland, a wide variety of folk - from parent and toddler groups to older folk living independently or in care settings - will have the opportunity to take part in collective music and song making sessions as part of Alice's work. The project will culminate in a sharing and performance event and the creation of a song book containing old and new material for continued use.

Gathering Strings - Aimee Labourne

In Gathering Strings, an intergenerational project between history societies and primary school-aged children will take place across Bressay, Lunnasting, Burra and Northmavine. Aimee Labourne and participants will explore the theme of connectivity in Shetland, past and present. They will undertake research and create artwork that can be exhibited in heritage centres and community museums for the Summer 2022 season.

Still Lives - Heather Christie

Family, personal assistants and unpaid carers have had a particularly difficult time during the Covid-19 pandemic, and Heather’s workshops offer a chance for caregivers to relax, reflect on and share their experiences through painting, drawing and collage.

Sheltered - Berenice Carrington

Bus shelters are familiar beacons in Yell’s landscape. What if these shelters were a portal to another world? Berenice will be working with local folk to map their interior worlds that blossomed during the crisis of the Pandemic. With them she will trace the landscapes they walked, close to home, during lockdown. Maps of these landscapes will decorate Yell’s shelters, inviting you to explore these worlds.

Glöril - Helen Robertson

Helen will be travelling to every inhabited island in Shetland – except the Mainland – to create work with communities. Together Helen and workshop participants will explore lace knitting techniques, using a variety of materials to create unique lampshades, and enjoy connecting and making things together again after pandemic restrictions have kept us apart for so long.

Header and thumbnail image: Wance Upo a Time, 2022, Alex Purbrick and Jane Cockayne.

Photo: Maya Darrell Hewins.