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News round-up / Textile exhibition, breast screening return, film makers’ dialect prize, Shetland Musicians Network

A THIRD-year student exhibition of fine art and textiles will be held in the Bess Jamieson room at Shetland Textile Museum from 30 April to 11 May.

It is the fruit of the first cohort of Fine Art and Textiles to be studying and producing an exhibition together.

According to Faye Hackers of UHI contemporary textiles, it encompasses “some great works spanning photography, 3D art, painting and knitting all coming together into one exhibition.”

There will also be a Meet the Makers session on 4 May when students will be “delighted to meet the public and have a chat about their works”.

THE BREAST screening service mobile unit returns to Shetland and will be based at the Clickimin Centre from mid May until mid September this year.

Approximately 3,300 Shetland women between the ages of 50 and 70 have begun receiving their invitations to attend for breast screening when the unit returns on Monday, 13 May.

The unit visits Shetland every three years and has one of the highest uptake rates in the country – a “very impressive record”, according to North of Scotland Breast Screening Service clinical director Dr Gerald Lip.

He said: “Women who are aged between 50 and 70 years and are registered with a GP practice will receive an invitation to attend for screening. Women 71 years and over will not automatically be sent an invitation but they are encouraged to make their own appointment by phoning us in Aberdeen on 01224 550570.

“Shetland has a very impressive record with breast screening uptake and I would urge all eligible women to continue to take advantage of this importantscreening programme as they have done in the past.”

SHETLAND film-makers whose work features the local dialect will have the chance of winning awards at this year’s Screenplay festival at the end of August.

Dialect promotion group Shetland ForWirds will again sponsor cash prizes for the films that demonstrate “the most effective use of Shetland dialect.”

They will be awarded in two age groups – for 25 years and over, and under 25. The winners in each category will get £100 and the runners up will get £25.

Most films are expected to be entered for Screenplay Home Made which is open to short films up to four minutes long. Home Made is co-ordinated by Kathy Hubbard, a long time fan of the annual event.

Hubbard said: “The Home Made screening is always one of the most popular events of the festival, and over the past three years we have seen some terrific short films making creative use of Shetland dialect.”

Co-convenor of Shetland ForWirds, Mary Blance, said: “Seeing the dialect secure a place with Shetland film-makers has been a real pleasure since we first launched the prizes. It demonstrates that Da Midder Tongue is still relevant today.”

The deadline for Home Made entries is Friday 26 July. Learn more at https://www.shetlandarts.org/blog/screenplay-homemade

A NEW website has been launched to make it easier for Shetland musicians to join or form bands.

The Shetland Musicians Network is a facebook group that allows bands to advertise for new members or individual musicians to offer their talents, and has been set up by Whiteness drummer Andrew Archer following his own experience in trying to find a bass player for a band he was forming.

Archer said: “The site is free to use and will hopefully make it easier for local musicians to get in touch with each other.

“The feedback from some of the members confirms that it’s something that Shetland needs. I’m certainly not the only one who has had trouble finding the right musical talent for a band.

“It’s the sort of site, though, that needs a critical mass of people to work so I would encourage people to sign up and we’ll get an even better music scene in Shetland.”

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