Tag: Art

Summer bonanza! July issue OUT NOW

Welcome to this month’s issue of Shetland Life! Not only is this the day that your favourite monthly magazine is released, but it’s also the first day of the summer break for schools across Shetland, and all the children (and their parents and carers) will be gearing up for a summer of fun, adventure, and hopefully the odd ray of sunshine to boot. Shetland Life wants to help get your holidays off to a flying start, so the July issue contains an action-packed summer holiday bucket list for all the family. This cut-out checklist can be folded away in a jacket pocket, pinned to a fridge or snapped on a smartphone for quick reference. We want to thank all of you who got in touch with your suggestions – they have all been included in the list. Simply tick them off as you go, and remember to tag #myshetlandlife in your photos so we can see where your adventures take you.

Elsewhere we find out more about the sea-eagle in Shetland’s history with Eileen Brooke-Freeman as part of a new exhibition at Shetland Museum & Archives that traces the history and persecution of this impressive bird, now absent from our landscape.

Ali Grundon Robertson challenges the reader to go plastic-free for July, and our own editor gets challenged and put through her paces with the Tingwall barbarians as part of the Challenge the Editor series.

We have a fantastic sporting feature as Dougie Grant takes a look back over 90 years of hockey in Shetland, and Alex Garrick-Wright goes inter-galactic as he takes a look at the Shetland Space Station in Unst.

All this and more in the July issue of Shetland Life – OUT NOW!

Remember to send any comments or suggestions you may have to sleditor@shetlandtimes.co.uk. And, whatever you’re up to, we love to hear about it, use our hashtag for the chance to be featured online or in the magazine #myshetlandlife.

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As ever, have a great month and enjoy Shetland Life – OUT NOW!

February Issue Out Now!

This month, Shetland Life celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit which is so apparent in Shetland.

However, if business isn’t your bag, then there’s plenty of other stuff specially selected to tickle your fancy. If this never-ending winter has sapped your joie de vivre, then take a tip from Pete Richardson and follow his directions for an uplifting walk around the Ness (while warming your lugs with the Fair-Isle headband which is this month’s Speedcrafting creation). Then, you can return home and follow Akshay Borges’ recipe for a deliciously spicy monkfish and salmon dish (take it from me, it’s amazing).

While you wait for the fish to marinate, you can read Vivian Ross-Smith’s article about the inspiration behind her current Bonhoga exhibition, Liam Anderson’s gardening tips and much more.

Island Connections

If you haven’t already done so, make sure you go to see Vivian Ross-Smith’s show at the Bonhoga Gallery. Vivian’s work has received positive reviews in the local press recently, and this exhibition is well worth a visit.

Vivian writes about the inspiration behind her work and shares some beautiful photos of her residency in Finland in February’s magazine.

Sunshine and Shadow


Izabela Delnicka and Lynn McCormack (Photo: Edina Szeles)

Anyone who is in any doubt about the future of art and craft in Shetland needs to get along to the Shetland College Degree Show and End of Year Exhibition. The college has been transformed by the colourful art work which stretches along corridors, meanders in and out of classrooms and flows up and down flights of stairs. It is all testament to the great work which is being done to nurture Shetland’s artistic talent.

The Degree Show consists of the work of two artists: Lynn McCormack and Izabela Delnicka. The vibrant colours of Ms Delnicka’s scarves immediately grab the visitor’s attention; Ms McCormack’s shadowy effects are subtler, but no less powerful. The two markedly different styles complement each other perfectly: this is an exhibition of sunshine and shade.

Bold and beautiful colours

Bold and beautiful colours

Both artists cite Shetland as an inspiration. Ms Delnicka’s scarves combine her interest in cultural identity with the bold colours found in Mexican ceramics and floral patterns. She believes that the long, dark Shetland winters have made her more aware of the importance of colour in design. Ms Delnicka explains: “As we struggle to see the ‘joy’ outside in winter, the touch of vivid colours makes things look brighter and more alive”.

On this reviewer's wish-list!

On this reviewer’s wish-list!

Lynn McCormack’s knitted structures explore the world of shadows and “the idea of the seen and unseen.” She adds: “Growing up in Shetland, I’ve always been very aware of light and shade. It’s always fascinated me”.

An air conditioning fan in the corner of the room makes the sparkling, bell like pieces dance and their shadows move with them. The effect is both mesmerising and other worldly.

Lynn McCormack explores light and shade

Lynn McCormack explores light and shade

Asked why she chose to embark on the degree course, Ms McCormack says that she was brought up to be “very practical”. She adds: “This was my chance to get in touch with my creative side. I’ve had three children and I just thought it was time to do something for myself. I’m so glad I did. I’ve been really happy with this course and with the support offered by tutors”.


The End of Year Exhibition was bursting with colourful art work. There are far too many highlights to mention here. You’ll just have to go along and see it for yourself.

Martin Fullerton's "Kenny Komodo Dragon"

Martin Fullerton’s “Kenny Komodo Dragon”

The exhibitions are open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 4pm until the 17th of June. Catch it while you can – you have just one week left.

Rhea Kay's knitted garment

Rhea Kay’s knitted garment