The Shetland Gallery was established in 2012 by Shona and Alan Skinner. The concept of the gallery is to showcase the best of contemporary Shetland art and high-end crafts to the world. Shetland has always attracted outstanding artists due to its astonishing physical beauty and constantly changing light, but it also has a deep indigenous crafts culture, with exceptional skills being handed down through the generations. This is probably best illustrated by the exquisite hand knitting skills on show in the gallery, and also by beautiful furniture making and wood sculpture.
Despite being the most northerly art gallery in the British Isles, The Shetland Gallery has national and international ambitions, and plans to take stands at international art fairs.
Shona, who is a well-known teacher of art, also plans to run residential courses. These will take place in the gallery, as well as in the beautiful countryside of the North Isles of Shetland. Guests will be housed in Belmont House, an award-winning National Trust property.
The Shetland Gallery wants to discover outstanding young talent and is exploring ways to unearth the future great artists of Shetland.