Major Exhibition Brings McCullin's Work To Shetland

by Alastair Hamilton -

For a generation, the photography of Don McCullin imprinted the reality of conflict on people around the world; now, it is to be shown in Shetland.

The exhibition, entitled Fallen, is being jointly presented by Shetland Museum & Archives and Shetland Arts in Da Gadderie (part of the museum) and the Bonhoga Gallery, in Weisdale, from 29 November 2014 to 22 February 2015.

McCullin worked for over 20 years documenting conflict and social deprivation throughout the world including; Vietnam, Cyprus, Northern Ireland and Beirut. For McCullin, the work wasn't simply about the photographs, but about humanity.

This will be the first time these powerful images will be shown as part of Artist Rooms, an inspirational collection of modern and contemporary art acquired for the nation by Tate and The National Galleries of Scotland through the generosity of Anthony d'Offay, with additional support from other funders, including the Art Fund

A team of "youth ambassadors" has already begun work on a project that will draw inspiration from McCullin's life and work, exploring contemporary issues in Shetland. They'll produce photojournalism and a short film, which will be available online. Local singer-songwriters, helped by Lewie Peterson of The Revellers, will be working on original music that explores Shetland as home, and what this means to different people.

A powerful documentary film about Don McCullin's life will be shown in Mareel on 2 December to complement the exhibition.

To find out more information about Artist Rooms On Tour please visit www.artfund.org/artistrooms. To see the full Artist Rooms collection please visit www.tate.org.uk/artistrooms and www.nationalgalleries.org/artistrooms

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