This immersive video and sound installation explores Shetland’s once thriving but now elusive 'haaf' (deep sea) fishing stations of the 18th and 19th centuries in a collaborative project by artists Janette Kerr and Jo Millett.

Through the immersive three screen video and sound installation, Janette and Jo navigate the traces – tangible and intangible – of Stenness fishing station in Northmavine, Shetland, where hundreds of men worked and lived in makeshift booths and böds for the summer months in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Unravelling the archipelago’s relationship with the sea and the past, they fuse together archival materials and the voices of the people of Shetland, with recordings and film made on the beach as well as on and under the sea.

Visitors will also enjoy the added draw of works of art evoking coastal life in working harbours and fishing villages around Scotland drawn from the Scottish Maritime Museum’s new national art collection, which will be on display alongside the installation.

Janette Kerr is a successful painter of Shetland seas shown widely in the UK and abroad. She has worked on residencies in the UK, Norway and, more recently, the High Arctic.

Jo Millett is an experienced moving image and sound artist who has shown widely in the UK and beyond, and who also completed a PhD relating to moving image and the sea in 2013.

Film & videoConceptualScotland

Scottish Maritime Museum: Irvine

The Linthouse Building, Harbour Road, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8QE

01294 277177


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