From Burra to Malmö for local artists

WORK from three local artists is now on show in a leading centre for design and crafts in Sweden.

The artwork was produced at the Gaada centre in Burra.

Are You OK, by Struan Haswell.

The exhibition That’s RISO!, hosted at the Form/Design Center in Malmö, brings together risograph artworks from artists, illustrators, designers and activists across the globe.

Featured in the exhibition are Shannon Leslie’s publication I Can’t Ever Get Home, the Are You Ok? survey card by Struan Haswell and art edition Time in The Archive by Esther McManus.

The Gaada team said they are “incredibly proud” to have supported the production of all three artworks in their visual art workshop.

Director Daniel Clark said: “It is fantastic to see the work of contemporary Shetland artists getting some international recognition and it also further highlights the importance of having a nurturing, creative facility like Gaada operating in Shetland.”

The works selected demonstrate the diverse range of activities taking place at Gaada.

Leslie’s publication was one of the outcomes from her 2020 workshop bursary, while Haswell made his survey card in weekly one-to-one workshops during lockdown.

I Cant Ever Get Home, Shannon Leslie.

McManus’ edition was created as part of Gaada’s 2020/21 visual arts programme, Weemin’s Wark.

Roxana Kaboli, curator at the Form/Design Center, said: “We believe that this is the first time an exhibition about riso, at least at this scale, will be presented in Sweden.

“We are especially thrilled to feature artworks from the Shetland Islands”.

The exhibition opened on 5 February and it will run to 8 May.

The exhibition is produced by Sweden’s Form/Design Centre in partnership with BEAST studio.

Gaada workshop bursaries are supported by the Shetland Charitable Trust, and the 2020/21 Weemin’s Wark programme was supported by Creative Scotland.

All editions are available to purchase from Gaada’s online shop.

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