The Travelling Gallery Mobile Art Space Visits Shetland

27 September 2013

The Travelling Gallery Mobile Art Space Visits Shetland

Touring Shetland 28th September - 3rd October 2013


The Travelling Gallery will be visiting venues in Shetland this week, with its latest exhibition 'THIS LAND' on board, as part of Bonhoga Gallery's Art in the Landscape season, funded by Shetland Arts and Scottish Natural Heritage. Inspired by the Year of Natural Scotland, the Travelling Gallery's autumn exhibition presents a beautifully alternative view of the Scottish landscape, through works by a diverse range of artists.


Exhibits will include paintings by Henry Coombes, and a series of works exploring the history, geology and politics of the island of Rockall by Andy Holden. Hannah Imlach uses sculpture and photography to explore new environments and find connections between the landscape and the human body, while Michael Reisch and Iain Sarjeant both show photographs which focus on interaction between natural and man-made environments. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a complementary programme of films, postcards, sketchbooks and other works to support the exhibition.


There are additional activities to accompany the Travelling Gallery's visit to some of its locations whilst here in Shetland. At Eshaness and Sumburgh Head, there will be workshops led by local artists, Ana Arnett and Amy Fisher. The Braewick café at Eshaness and The Shetland Gallery are opening specially during the travelling gallery's visit to their locations and Global Yell will also be open when the bus is at Sellafirth, Yell. During the bus's visit to Baltasound, the Hall will be open with a display of crafts, art, and produce by local artists and makers.


The Travelling Gallery is a custom-built, mobile, contemporary art space inside a big beautiful bus. Supported by Creative Scotland, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Museums and Arts Division of the City of Edinburgh Council, the Travelling Gallery brings high quality contemporary art exhibitions and events to schools and communities throughout Scotland.

Visitors will be able to climb aboard the bus in Shetland to visit the exhibition at the following venues:


Saturday 28th September - Braewick Cafe, Eshaness 11am - 5pm

Sunday 29th September - The Lighthouse, Sumburgh Head 11am - 5pm

Tuesday 1st October - Baltasound Hall, Unst 11am - 5pm

Wednesday 2nd October - Global Yell & The Shetland Gallery, Sellafirth, Yell 11am - 5pm

Thursday 3rd October - Mareel, Lerwick 11am - 4pm


Admission is free and all welcome. Workshops at Eshaness and Sumburgh Head may be booked through the Shetland Box Office. Please see separate advert.


For further information about the Shetland tour and workshops, please contact:

Clair Aldington, Visual Arts Development Officer, Shetland Arts   01595 743843


For further information about the travelling gallery, please contact:

Vicky Konieczny / Sheila Capewell, Travelling Gallery Assistants   0131 529 3930


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