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Arts / Sea Life exhibition raises funds for wildlife sanctuary

A selection of models and painted stones submitted by pupils from Lunnasting and Whiteness primary schools.

AN EXCITING exhibition of art based on the theme of Sea Life opens in Lerwick’s Islesburgh Community Centre on Sunday afternoon to raise awareness about the marine environment.

Artists young and old, including around 200 school children, are submitting a variety of work ranging from tapestry to models to paintings.

The event, which is raising money for Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary, is taking the form of a competition with four different age groups.

The exhibition opens in Room 12 at 2pm on Sunday when the winners will be chosen.

Prizes for the winners have been very kindly donated by Shetland Jewellery, who are launching a special brooch based on the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary logo for the occasion, as well as Busta House Hotel, The Shetland Times Bookshop and Fat Little Pony.

A needlepoint tapestry of two puffins by Sarah Carr from Yorkshire.

Burra-based freelance artist Anne Barron, who has organised the event, said: “We are already aware of some superb artwork that has come in.

“We’re not sure how many adult entries there will be, but having in the region of 200 children entries is just fabulous.”

Anne said people could still submit work for the exhibition, and late entries could be brought to Islesburgh between 2 and 6pm on Friday.

“It doesn’t necessarily need to be a new creation,” she said. “We are getting lots of exciting new work, but if anyone thinks they have something they have already made, which fits the theme it will be very well received.”

Adults are being asked to pay a £5 entry fee, while the fee is £2 for children. All the money raised will go towards to Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sanctuary founder Jan Bevington said: “We have been amazed at the quality of some of the fantastic original artwork that has already been submitted and are really excited about seeing the exhibition once it is up and running.

“I think there is a growing concern about our marine environment and these entries are another example of how much people care about the sea and the animals that live there.”

The Sea Life exhibition will run from 3 to 15 March at Islesburgh Community Centre.

For more information or to submit an entry, please contact Anne Barron at wildaboutart@yahoo.co.uk or Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary on 01806 503348 or info@hillswickwildlifesanctuary.org