Exciting New Project Melds Arts And Environment
by Alastair Hamilton -
A new project, 'Back from Beyond', which was launched at Mareel in November, uses Shetland's beautiful landscapes to inspire artists, poets and musicians.
Over the summer, a host of Shetland's musicians and poets have been exploring some of Shetland's more remote landscapes. The results, together with stories from their inspirational visits, were heard for the first time at Mareel on 23rd November. Eight new musical compositions and suites of poems were presented by their creators. Each piece represented one of Shetland's National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and National Scenic Areas (NSAs): Hermaness, Fethaland, Eshaness, Hams of Muckle Roe, Noss, Foula, South West Mainland and Fair Isle.
The evening included video accounts of each group's adventures and their creative processes, together with live performances on stage. The event also celebrated the launch of the associated website, which includes information about the sites and artists involved. The new works are available to download for free.
Maurice Henderson, of internationally-renowned band, Fiddler's Bid, said:
The project was conceived and managed by Alice Mullay and Emma Perring, with funding from Scottish Natural Heritage as part of the Year of Natural Scotland.