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A SHETLAND based artist is having work included in an COP26-themed exhibition in Glasgow.

Two monoprints made by Joyce Davies will be on show at the Project Ability gallery at Trongate between 19 November and 23 December.

The prints were made at Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen when Davies was an artist in residence for a week in September.

Funding for this was received from Shetland Arts, Shetland Islands Council and Creative Scotland.

Joyce Davies.

Davies has lived in Shetland for nearly 17 years, but she is originally from Glasgow.

“It is lovely to have work exhibited there in my home city,” she said.

One of the prints is called Apocalypse and Darkness Covered the Face of the Earth, and second is entitled Flying into the Abyss: The Destruction of our Feathered Friends.

Davies began making art in 2019 at wellbeing craft classes run by Shetland Arts at Mareel, before taking part in sessions at Burra-based Gaada.

“I started art and writing to help me cope with living with trauma and functional neurological disorder,” she said.

“Being creative is very therapeutic and brings me great solace.”

She is now represented by the Jennifer Lauren Gallery in Manchester, which champions “self-taught, evolving and overlooked artists”, and she has had work shown internationally including at the Intersect Chicago art fair.

Davies also has a solo exhibition opening this month at Mareel called Does Du See Dysel in Me.

“I am super excited about that as it is where my art career began,” she said.

“Living with chronic illness and disability is only really understood by folk who experience it too.  Every day is hard.

“We are twenty percent of the population but we face inequality, discrimination and hate all too frequently. Art allows expression.

“I hope my art helps others. I hope it says ‘never give up’.”

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