Arts / Exhibition to connect Shetland and Switzerland through art

Pipe-Dream Car Wash by Andrew Sutherland. Photo: Wassili Widmer

AN EXHIBITION which brings together the work of 16 contemporary artists from Shetland and Switzerland is set to open at Mareel later this month.

Hidden Flowers Bloom Most Beautifully is a collaboration between artist collective Streunender Hund based in Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Switzerland, and cultural practitioners in Shetland.

The theme of the exhibition is making work beyond the perceived geographic limits of the art world, as seen from these two different locations.


The exhibition will run concurrently in both locations with each artist contributing work to either or both shows.

Artists Paul Bloomer, Daniel Clark, Amy Gear, Aimee Labourne, Vivian Ross-Smith, Roxane Permar, Andrew Sutherland and Roseanne Watt make up the Shetland cohort, whilst Caroline Baur, Florian Gugger, Martina Morger, Maria Nänny, Dorothea Rust, Harlis Schweizer, Birgit Widmer and Wassili Widmer represent the Swiss.

Jenny Tipton, co-curator for Hidden Flowers in Shetland, said: “This is a unique proposal from the Streuneunder Hund collective, that has led to new collaborations and conversation between Shetland and Switzerland. The works in this show and accompanying catalogue help to uncover the varied exchanges that have taken place over the past three months.”


Shetland Arts’ Jane Matthews added: “It’s great to be showing contemporary work in Mareel again and we’re excited to get a chance to use this impromptu gallery space for such an interesting selection of work.

“The partnership with Streunender Hund (which translates as ‘Stray Dog’) has supported a whole new body of work which both celebrates and questions our place in the art world.”


The exhibition is supported by the Swiss Arts Council, Creative Scotland and Shetland Arts with support from Swiss galleries and other individuals.

Hidden Flowers takes place at Mareel from Saturday 31 July to Friday 27 August.

Free ticketed time-slots for the exhibition will be available at shetlandarts.org, by visiting the Box Office in person, or by calling 01595 745 500.

Meanwhile there will soon be less space between folk in the Mareel cinema, in line with Scottish Government guidance.

In indoor public places distancing limits will reduce to one metre next week.

Shetland Arts said it will be moving into one metre distancing from Friday 23 July for three weeks, with news expected on the next steps on 9 August.

The cinema seating plan will change to one seat between households instead of two or three.