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Arts / UHI fine art degree show to open on Friday

One of Elaine Thomason's pieces in the exhibition. Photo: UHI Shetland

THE WORK of Shetland’s art students will be on display in the Lerwick branch of the college from Friday 9 June.

It will include work ranging from secondary pupils who take part in the Skills for Work art course, all the way up to those in the final year of their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

By Cilla Robertson. Photo: UHI Shetland

Simon Clarke, UHI Shetland’s head of creative and cultural industries, said: “The highlight of the exhibition is the Degree Show of the final year Fine Art students.

“This is the culmination of four years of creative endeavour and will form a large proportion of their degree classification.

“However, the exhibition also has work from the FE programs, as well as lower levels of the degrees, showcasing the college’s commitment to student expression at all stages of their creative journey”.

The three BA fine art students graduating this year are Elaine Thomason, Cilla Robertson and Susan Pearson.

Thomason’s work revolves around the island Yell. She has created a narrative that connects two women from different times in history, and she explores the natural landscape and the growth of industrialisation in her art.

Also with a Yell connection, Robertson focuses on the local dialect. Her work delves into illness and grief, expressing feelings that are hard to put into words into images instead.

Pearson’s large drawings and sculptures are a surreal look into the human subconscious. Her work looks at themes of spirituality and folklore.

By Susan Pearson. Photo: UHI Shetland

She says: “The work is fuelled by the contrasting energy and tensions found in seemingly antithetical forces such as vulnerability and strength, light and dark, hidden and exposed, strange and familiar, uncanny and homely.”

Also on display will be weaving and knitwear from the contemporary textiles course and paintings, prints and sculptures by NC art and design students.

The exhibition opens at 6pm on Friday 9 June and will run until 23 June.

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