I’ve never felt like a truly competent writer. I struggle to communicate my feelings and opinions in a way that I see as effective. I force myself to write in an attempt to get better at it. It never comes easily. However, I don’t make myself write on a strict schedule. You, as a reader […]Read more "Creative Self-Care"
half oot afore i’ da left Vivian Ross-Smith An Tobar Gallery April 6 – June 1 “Living on Fair Isle and later the Shetland mainland, we spent every summer travelling from Shetland to Mull and back again. Island hopping remains a key part of my life.” Vivian Ross-Smith, 2018 Ross-Smith’s grandfather was a Scott and […]Read more "half oot afore i’ da left"
Shetland has survived another winter. Despite the current cold weather, the days are lightening and feeling much less heavy now. I have used the winter to ponder over islandness and start to visualise with my collaborator Jane how we can reimagine the project for Shetland. This next set of programming will take place in several […]Read more "Winter work"
islandness is a living experiment. An open platform spanning the North Atlantic, this project explores life on two northern islands through the art practices of two islanders: Jane Walker (NL) and Vivian Ross-Smith (Shetland Islands). Between August and October 2017 in Newfoundland the artists will host a series of community-based workshops, a community seafood meal, […]Read more "islandness"
Last year I had the delight of being announced the winner of the ‘Painting, Drawing and Sculpture’ category of the Shetland Open Exhibition. As a result the other three category winners (Aimee Labourne, Jeanette Nowak, Gillian Bridle) and I had the pleasure of making work for a group show at Bonhoga Gallery. Time was of the essence […]Read more "Traces"
Recently life has been very busy and I’ve been getting a bit overwhelmed with trying to sort out my thoughts, my anxieties and most importantly my calendar!! I usually get my following year booked up and planned by December if not before, which is great for ensuring I can be as savvy as possible with my […]Read more "Going with your instincts…"
‘Island Connections’ is a series of works considering the relationship between people and land. Vivian recently spent 2months as Artist in Residence on the island of Korpo, where she developed this new body of work as a conversation between the Finnish Archipelago and her home islands of Shetland, and in particular Fair Isle. […]Read more "Island Connections"
I always feel it so important to mark the end of a journey. Either by an event, a gathering of people or just some self reflection. Here at AARK we decided to host an Open Studio, to share our work, experiences and thoughts on the residency. Titled ‘One of the most essential things one needs to walk […]Read more "Finland Reflections"
I am delighted that my solo show ‘Erosions’ is now open at Newave Gallery, Aberdeen. In this series of works I have considers sustainability and human impact on the land. As the results of climate change become apparent, I have been exploring how these issues are being addressed, glorified or even ignored. Manipulating materials such as wood, […]Read more "‘Erosions’ at Newave Gallery"
The studio is empty again. I always have a lot of nervous energy before sending work off for an exhibition. So much care, time and thought goes into every piece that you know them inside out. To package it up and send it off knowing that for the first time it’s going to be observed, […]Read more "Bon Voyage"