Have your view of Mareel embodied in the building

Shetland Arts is launching a new project to coincide with the start of construction on Mareel, the new cinema and music venue.

The aim is to capture the responses of the public to the project and to bury them within the walls of the building during construction.

Mareel has been the subject of much debate and opinion over many years and, good or bad, Shetland Arts would like these responses to become part of the building itself.

A Hansel could be an object, a message, a work of art or a memory stick full of information, ideas and images, as long as it fits into the capsule pack that Shetland Arts will provide.

Project co-ordinator Kathy Hubbard said: “We are looking for responses from all sections of the community – school groups, individuals or anyone who wants to respond to the building of Mareel. We’d like to capture your feelings and preserve them in the fabric of the building. All we ask is that your Hansel is legal and not live or organic.”

Each screw-top capsule is approximately three inches high and Shetland Arts has hundreds available free for collection from their offices in the Toll Clock Centre, Lerwick, or by phoning them on (01595) 743843. The closing date for returning the capsules is the end of September, so there is plenty of time to get creative.

Each Hansel will be photographed and its location within the walls of Mareel will be documented to form part of the map of the building. They will be set within the walls as construction progresses over the coming year.

For more information contact Kathy Hubbard or Jane Matthews on (01595) 743843 or jane.matthews@shetlandarts.org


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