‘Those who left, those who stayed’ - a New Exhibition of Work by Susan Leask at Bonhoga Gallery
12 June 2012
Bonhoga Gallery in Shetland is proud
to present an exhibition of specially commissioned, site specific
work by artist Susan Leask, who is part of a Scalloway family who
left Shetland to live in Glasgow. 'Those
who left, those who stayed', will be showing at Bonhoga
Gallery from the 16th of June to the 29th of July. The public
opening is Friday the 15th of June from 5:30pm -
The work has stemmed from a month long
residency Susan completed at the Booth in Scalloway in July 2010.
During this time Susan spoke to Shetlanders, some of whom
had moved away to find out where they went, others had
stayed so to find out why they stayed, why some people returned and
how they kept in touch with family back home whilst away. The
residency was funded through Homecoming Scotland, and facilitated
by Shetland Arts for an artist who lived away from Shetland but had
connections to the Isles and who would explore the notion of
Shetland's diaspora through their work.
Susan lives and works in Liverpool, and
although her father was from Shetland, she had not visited the
islands since she was a child. Her father was one of six surviving
children born in the first decade of the 20th century.
He was one of three siblings who left the islands. The other three
This exhibition is a direct response to
conversations, and stories she was told whilst in Shetland and
includes drawings, photography and lightworks. Susan is an
installation artist who has created and exhibited work all over the
world. She makes works in a variety of materials for both indoor
and outdoor sites. Most of the work involves rigorous research into
each location, looking at the history, geography and social aspects
of the site.
Clair Aldington, Visual Arts Development Officer for Shetland
Arts said, "Shetland Arts is delighted to have worked with Susan
over the last couple of years to develop this exhibition, which we
hope will have resonances with many people through its strong
connections with Shetland, and through Susan's exploration of her
own story, as well as the stories of others. Susan has created the
work specifically for Bonhoga so it will be a contrasting
exhibition to those shown recently in the gallery."
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