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 https://islandnessart.wordpress.com 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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‘Fish Skin as Art and Craft’ for Bonavista Biennale 2017

I’m writing this whilst relaxing with a ‘beer cocktail’ in the Port Rexton Brewery in Newfoundland while my friend and partner in islandness, Jane Walker, works a shift behind the bar. We have just had the most fantastic few days kicking off the first events in our collaborative project, something we have been working toward together […]

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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, […]

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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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Mavis Grind

Shetland has a tendency to merge its seasons. We don’t have a clear Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring layout and its a common saying that in Shetland you can experience all 4 seasons in one day – in other words the weather is erratic, very erratic! One thing that teaches us Shetlanders is to appreciate each and […]

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