'Portage' – digital jewellery

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					‘Portage: crossing points’ exhibition at Bonhoga Gallery (29 May – 27 June 2010)
1. The carrying or transporting of something.
2. A charge made for carrying or transporting something.
3. The carrying of boats or cargo across land from one waterway to another or around an unnavigable section of a waterway.
4. An overland route used when transporting a boat or its cargo from one waterway to another. (Dictionary definitions)

‘most portages are the result of elevation changes, either changes in elevation from one body of water to another, or changes in elevation of the
land between.’ (Wikipedia)

A digital jewellery and interactive crafted objects exhibition at Shetland Arts’ Bonhoga Gallery from 29
May – 27 June 2010; the first exhibition of its kind in the UK. The show will solely feature the work of
three UK based makers at the forefront of research in this emerging area, combining contemporary craft
with new technology: Hazel White, Jayne Wallace and Sarah Kettley.

The exhibition will showcase objects or wearable pieces which contain interactive technology allowing
the wearer/ user to interface with others. The work has stemmed from residencies carried out in
Shetland by White and Wallace during 2009, alongside an interactive performance piece, ‘Ensemble’,
created by Kettley. The exhibition is part of Shetland Arts’ wider ‘Portage’ project, elements of which are
funded through the Scottish Arts Council, Shetland Arts and Newcastle University. There are two further
‘Portage’ exhibitions at Bonhoga during 2010, featuring international contemporary jewellery and textiles:
‘Portage: finger symbols’ (August - September) and ‘Textiles: extremes of scale’ (October – November).

White’s work for ‘Portage: crossing points’ is directly related to Shetland’s diaspora whilst Wallace’s
explores life for women on Shetland whose partners work at sea. Wallace’s and Kettley’s planned works
revolve around exploring connections and interactions between people across distance, real or

The exhibition coincides with Shetland‘s ‘Hamefarin’ (homecoming) celebrations from 13 - 27 June 2010
when Shetlanders from all around the world are welcomed back to their home islands. (See for further detail.)

See also and for more information

Admission: Free of charge
Accessibility: Disabled parking, wheelchair ramp, disabled toilet

Gallery, cafe and shop open:
Tuesday – Saturday         10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Sunday                     12.00 am – 4.30 pm

Address of Gallery:
Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale Mill, Weisdale, Shetland ZE2 9LW
Telephone: 44 (0) 1595 745750
Fax: 44 (0) 1595 830400

Clair Aldington, Arts Development Officer – Visual Arts
Shetland Arts Development Agency, Toll Clock Centre, 26 North Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0DE
Telephone: 44 (0) 1595 743843       Fax: 44 (0) 1595 694001
‘Telling Tales: Hamefarers’ Hazel White
Knitters: Maggie Leask, Betty Leask, Andrea Williamson, Eric Stewart, Hazel White
Software Development: Paul Mackinnon
Box: Magnus Sholto Peterson

‘Journeys’, Jayne Wallace - not the actual piece being exhibited

Part of ‘Ensemble’ collection, Sarah Kettley

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