Beach Workshop a success
16 August 2012
Photo: St Ninians Beach Workshop -
Anne Bevan demonstrating the use of a plankton net
"To See the World in a Grain of
Sand…" - William Blake
Shetland Arts' beach workshop at St.
Ninian's Isle last week was a huge success, not least because it
was a beautiful day and the sun shone throughout - it was more like
the Bahamas than Shetland! The workshop was lead by artist Anne
Bevan, whose exhibition runs at Bonhoga Gallery and the Pier Store
in Lerwick until mid-September, and was funded by Scottish Natural
Heritage as part of a Community Action Grant awarded to Shetland
Arts for the project.
The workshop, for all ages from 5 to 105,
was designed to explore the subject of Anne's exhibition - unseen
(microscopic) organisms present in the marine environment. Those on
the workshop were invited to consider the sand beneath their feet,
arguably in more depth than they had ever done before. For this
Anne was accompanied by Professor Kate Darling, eminent marine
bio-geologist, Jen Hadfield, award-winning poet, and a wide
collection of microscopes, magnifiers and sampling equipment.
Through art, poetry and science children and adults alike were
mesmerised, inspired and amazed by the knowledge, insight and
imaginations of Anne and her colleagues.
Jane Matthews of Shetland Arts said: "It
was a delight to see so many people keen to learn about the unseen
natural wonders all around us, and in the company of such a stellar
line-up of brilliantly creative minds. We are very grateful to
Scottish Natural Heritage for their support in this venture and we
are looking forward to hosting more workshops before the close of
She continued: "Anne's exhibition takes
something microscopic and uses it as a platform from which to
consider wider issues or sustainability and existence, and this is
what makes it so interesting. The fossilised remains of the
microscopic organisms that Anne portrays exist in the oil we depend
on for our modern existence, so we have plenty to
Anne is hoping to involve more groups of people in similar
workshops towards the close of her show in mid-September, which
will be publicised nearer the time.
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