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Arts / Fine art students use boating club as inspiration for new exhibition

A display of photography from young people on the exterior of Mareel, meanwhile, is also continuing to attract interest

H***** M** by Shannon Leslie.

A STUDENT art exhibition hosted at the Lerwick Boating Club which is being shown online due to coronavirus restrictions is getting underway this week.

The ‘No Buoys’ exhibition features work from third year fine art degree students at Shetland College.

Horse by Jean Urquhart.

It comes after photography from young Shetland people was also put on display on the exterior of Mareel earlier this month.

The Boating Club exhibition showcases work by Shannon Leslie, Elouise Spooner and Jean Urquhart. The remit was to respond through their own practice to the venue.

The trio completed the NC portfolio course at Shetland College and went on to study a fine art degree at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Leslie said: “The Boating Club is perfect inspiration for my practice as my art currently focuses on creatures from the sea. My entries for the exhibition explore ideas of isolation and morbid curiosity, through drawing and woodcarving.”

Elouise Spooner’s hanging Deus.

Spooner added that she “took inspiration from the boating club in a very contemporary way, hoping to offset the history of the club by adding a new voice, on growing up in Shetland and my experiences with it”.

Urquhart added: “The Lerwick Boat Club is full of memorabilia which caught my imagination and I have tried to capture some of these images in my painting”.

Tutor John Hunter explained that the display is designed to allow students go through the process of planning and managing an exhibition.

In light of ongoing Covid restrictions, the work will be shown online through Shetland College UHI social media from Friday and will not be open to the public.

Meanwhile the photography exhibition on the outside of Mareel is continuing to attract the eye.

It showcases work made by nine young people who took part in Show Us Shetland, a collaborative project between Shetland Arts and photography collective Document Scotland.

It encouraged young people to use a camera or smartphone to explore where they live.

Participants were involved in an online workshop session with Document Scotland photographers before taking on the task.

The photos have already been showcased online, but they are available to be viewed outside the main entrance to Mareel.