Arts / Nostalgic photo project lands Keira national arts recognition

Keira Jem Thomson.

A PROJECT which combines the past and present using old family photos has seen a woman from Yell nominated for Visual Arts Scotland graduate showcase award.

Keira Jem Thomson recently heard that she had been nominated for the award after studying photography at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen last year.


The digital degree show, where the pictures can be viewed, went live earlier this month.

Her final project theme was ‘Nostalgia’, and she layered old family photos with new images taken in the same place.

One of Keira’s degree show images.

Keira started out doing an NC in art and design at Shetland College, before studying fine arts for a year in Glasgow.

She then went on to study two years of photography in Glasgow, followed by last year at Gray’s in Aberdeen which culminated in her degree.

Keira is going on this year to complete her honours year in communication design at Gray’s.

She is not the only Shetland connection when it comes to Visual Arts Scotland, as fine art graduate Kirsty Smith was also recently shortlisted for a prize.