GR Direct - Sony - Save up to £300 on selected Bravia OLED & LED TVs
Saturday 18 May 2024
 11.3°C   NE Light Breeze
Ocean Kinetics - The Engineering Experts

Letters / Wonderful memories

I want to take a moment to express my gratitude for the incredible experience I have had here in Shetland during my Booth art residency in Scalloway.

As my nearly one month stay ends, I cannot help but reflect on the warm welcome and wonderful memories I have made here.

One of the highlights of my trip amongst many more was seeing the beautiful landscape surrounding the Unst spaceport area as it aligned with my curiosity about future communication between satellites and our planet and its potential influence on humanity and future communication developments and impact.

But beyond the breathtaking scenery, it is the people and community of Shetland who have truly made this experience unforgettable.

From Joy Duncan, local drumming teacher who felt like an old friend and arranged for me to sing a few songs at Mareel; Alistair Justice, a composer and musical genius and teacher who took me to Yell and Unst to learn more about Scotland’s emerging space sector; amazing musician Arthur Nicholson for my guitar lesson; Heather Miller at the local shop and Terry at the Cornerstone café for their delicious food, friendly service, and the staff and patrons at Scalloway Hotel who welcomed me with open arms and showed me a good time – every encounter has been filled with kindness and support.

It is these moments that make all the difference in traveling experiences, and I know that I will return to this special place again where I felt nothing but peace and tranquillity.

At the heart of all of my adventures or journeys in the world has been interconnection, communication, human relationships, culture, conflict, conformity, and creativity.

The gathering of stories, the lifelong personal friendships, experiences, and genuine love of learning as how we live, breath and survive certain situations has intrigued me forever. To have sat around so many tables, in so many homes or places in the world has been my biggest education.

What a better way than to translate this using music and art to connect. Arts, music and song were most important for the survival of many in particular conflict situations or as we saw in the last few years and so relevant to everyday life.

Thank you to everyone once again.

Sharon McKay
Artist (winner of the Gordon Smith award for new contemporary art Scotland 2019)
Instagram – mckaysharon27



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.