islandness – Shetland

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 (Newfoundland) and Vivian Ross-Smith (Shetland). islandness aims to bring people and place together, forging new bonds among individuals, artists and communities through making and gathering. Now […]

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What does being an islander mean to you?

This post was written for ‘Islandness’ a new website where myself and Jane Walker will share and develop ideas from our respective islands.   Please visit to find more information and follow along. I wake up early on a cloudy Bonavista morning, feeling a bit groggy and too warm. I listen to hear if Jane is busying […]

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Welcoming 2016

How is it February already?! January appears to have disintegrated into a blur of future planning, Up-Helly-Aa celebrations, art and travelling! Here’s a wee recap… The year started off sleepily but the cobwebs and lazy bones were quickly energised with the wild weather hitting into Shetland, some dramatic wave watching was enjoyed and reminded me of […]

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