Winter work

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 […]

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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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‘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 casts

For the past two weeks I’ve been working at Scottish Sculpture Workshop making new metal work for my upcoming collaborative project ‘islandness’. The net needle is an object I’ve been infatuated with for some time now. As a tool it is used to make and repair fishing nets, usually made from wood of plastic. I’m interested […]

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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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