New Artwork To Be Created For Shetland Library

by Alastair Hamilton -

Shetland Library has been selected as one of five libraries in Scotland to benefit from a new permanent artwork as part of Book Week Scotland 2014

The Book Week is a celebration of books and reading which runs from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th November 2014. The purpose of the new artworks is to make libraries more visible in their own communities and to raise awareness of them as important assets for local people to enjoy.

The artwork will be created by Glasgow-based artist Rosemary Cunningham and will be inspired by Dear Library, a poem written by best-selling Scottish author and playwright Jackie Kay. Dear Library highlights the important role that libraries can play at every stage of an individual's life, from childhood to old age.

Rosemary Cunningham says that she's delighted to be involved. “I'm a keen reader myself and storytelling is a big part of my practice. It's exciting to be one fifth of such an interesting and challenging project.”

Karen Fraser, Executive Manager, Library Services said that she was really looking forward to seeing the art work. “We are delighted that we've been picked for this project. Our staff work hard to make the Library inviting and user-friendly and this project fits perfectly with our aims”.