CAB - 7 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 - Advice

‘Ambitious’ new gallery opens in Yell

A NEW gallery showcasing the best of contemporary Shetland art is opening its doors for the first time in Yell today, Friday the 13th.

The Shetland Gallery, at the Sellafirth Business Park, is owned by Shona and Alan Skinner who moved from London to nearby Cullivoe, in 2010.

Mrs Skinner is an artist and art teacher, and is the daughter of the late Adam Robson, the well-known Shetland artist.

“We want to help to discover exciting young Shetland talent in all the visual arts and crafts. For example, we are working with two exciting young jewellery designers,” she said.

The couple plan to take stands at international art fairs and are excited about taking the best of Shetland to the outside world.

“We want to model ourselves on the top international galleries. We are ambitious. We already have an offer to show at The Caledonian Club in London,” Mr Skinner added.

Shona also plans to run residential art courses to attract keen amateurs to Shetland.

The plan is to rent Belmont House, in Unst, arrange a local chef to cook the best of local ingredients, and to do the coaching in the gallery in Sellafirth, which the couple bought in March.

The opening group show includes works by Ron Sandford, Nicholas Barnham, Ruth Brownlee, Shona Skinner, Anne Bain, Mike Finnie, Mary Fraser, Mike McDonnell, Adam Robson, Cecil Tait, Peggy Johnson, Wendy Inkster and Janet Holt.

The Shetland Gallery will be open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11am to 5pm, and Sundays from 2pm to 5pm.