Arts / Crafty showcase at Bonhoga

Pink and peach textile by Marcia Galvin.

BONHOGA Gallery will host an exhibition of contemporary craft from the five winners of the Shetland Open-2019 this autumn.

The exhibition title Treasured reflects precious time spent immersed in making during a challenging year and the transformation of sometimes overlooked raw materials into new and joyful artworks.

The winners exhibition will be on display from Friday 10 September until Sunday 31 October.

It features Deborah Briggs, who works in textiles and for this show has created woven pieces inspired by the vivid colours of wildflowers against the greys and browns of Shetland cliffs, combined with blue sea and bright sky.

Designer and maker Eve Eunson has been inspired by the vernacular furniture of Fair Isle and has created chairs from wood that arrived in Shetland as dunnage – material used to keep cargo in place during transportation.

Contemporary textile artist Marcia Galvin has knitted bright and playful garments incorporating unusual textures and bold colours.


Creating lightsome characters and scenes from bruck found on beaches and elsewhere, Lynn Ritch Bullough takes her inspiration from nature.

Esme Wilcock is also inspired by the natural world, well known for her delicate creations which often feature sea glass or cast sea shells.

Shetland Arts chief executive Graeme Howell said: “The Shetland Open usually takes place every two years, with an exhibition of work by prize winners in the intervening year. Although the pandemic changed our plans for the open winners, we’re delighted that we are now able to go ahead with the exhibition this September.

“The makers have created a bright, colourful and joyful selection of work that deserves to be treasured for years to come.”

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