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Arts / Old Anderson demolition photo exhibition in the works

A photo of some of the early demolition work. Photo: Shetland News

AN EXHIBITION of photography documenting the demolition of the former Anderson High School is in the pipeline.

Shetland Arts has partnered with site owner Shetland Islands Council to photograph the process and people involved.

Local photographer Dave Donaldson was commissioned for the job and has taken a series of black and white images.

Shetland Arts is keen to host an exhibition of his photos in two locations – one outside, and one indoors.

The outside display is being mooted for the railings beneath the Anderson Institute on Twageos Road for one month.

A longer exhibition is being planned for the Mareel Cafe/Bar.

Shetland Arts said it hopes to launch the exhibitions concurrently in early 2024. The arts organisation has applied for funding for the displays.

In a funding application to Lerwick Community Council, Shetland Arts said: “There has been nothing yet to mark the historic change that is taking place at The Knab and as a site that hold so many memories for so many in the community we feel it is important to tell this story for the community.”

The total cost of the project has been estimated at £2,965 and Shetland Arts is set to provide £1,565 itself.

It sought £1,000 from Lerwick Community Council but with limited finances left for 2023/24, and other funding applications on the table, members agreed to provide £500.

Shetland Arts said it had also pinpointed £400 of funding from the SIC.

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