Wednesday 17 April 2024
 7.6°C   NNE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Arts / Artists commissioned for Covid memorial project

Photo: JJ Jamieson

NINE artists have been commissioned for a Covid memorial project which addresses the impact of the pandemic through artistic expression.

The value of the commissions is worth £70,000 in total.

It is part of the Remember Together Covid Community Memorial Project, a national scheme which is being administered by Shetland Arts locally.

The project aims to create five memorials alongside a commemorative book.

Each of the five memorials will receive a commission worth up to  £10,000, covering artist fees, travel expenses and materials.

The culmination of these projects will be captured in a commemorative book, ensuring a lasting legacy, Shetland Arts said.

Additionally, four others will each receive a £5,000 commission to document the journey and compile the memorial book.

Renzo Spiteri’s project will feature new music composed with a string quartet, incorporating spoken word, soundscapes and field recordings of Shetland’s natural environment.

Helen Robertson is crafting 21 glass plaques to be distributed to all 18 community councils across the isles.

Additionally, a flag printed with the same design will be flown annually from Lerwick Town Hall on the date lockdown was lifted.

Heather Christie’s memorial focuses on fostering self-care within the Bressay community through a comprehensive guide and map of local resources, developed in collaboration with community groups and artist Aimee Labourne.

Malcolm Innes will work with music students at Mareel to produce a captivating light installation and visual projections at key locations across the isles throughout March to May.

Meanwhile JJ Jamieson will create a unique film to be screened at Mareel and online, reflecting on lockdown with community members and incorporating authentic sounds of Covid-affected environments.

Genevieve White (writer), Niamh Wylie (photographer), Chloe Keppie (book designer) and Liz Musser (videographer) will be on hand to document the creative process.

Shetland Arts creative project manager Kathryn Spence said: “We are delighted to support so many talented artists in Shetland. Each artist is collaborating with fellow artists or engaging directly with the community to bring their memorials to life.

“This project embodies a true sense of unity and community spirit, stirring up memories of the solidarity felt during the lockdown period. Moreover, we’re excited about the diverse range of art forms represented in these memorials; craft, music, multimedia, and print.”

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.