An international open call and selection process led Shetland Arts to awarding the four commissions to artists Kenny Hunter, David Lemm, Joseph Ingleby and design collective Civic Soup. Work on LOCUS 1 started in December 2019, involving residents, community organisations and businesses from across the town, focusing on the three key themes:
Where we are / Where we’re going / Where we’ve come from
Civic Soup is an Edinburgh-based collective, founded in 2016, focusing on inclusive and participatory design processes. They engage with diverse communities to encourage people to take an interest in, and ownership of, our built environment. Through community-focused workshops to design and build projects; installations to performances; they draw from a breadth of experience in order to meaningfully engage with people and place. Their work is driven by the local, be it people, knowledge, heritage, craft or nature.
Kenny Hunter is an artist, lecturer and Director of Outreach at Edinburgh College of Art. Kenny graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1987 and studied classical sculpture at the British School at Athens. He makes monumental civic sculpture as well as gallery based work and has exhibited at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (including a bust of Jimmy Reid), the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Tramway Glasgow, Galerie Scheffel in Germany and at Conner Contemporary Art, Washington, among others in the UK and Internationally. Selected public artworks include: The Unknown, Borgie Forest, Sutherland (2012); iGoat, Spitalfields, London (2010); and Citizen Firefighter, Central Station, Glasgow (2001). Recent exhibitions include A Shout in the Street, Tramway, Glasgow (2008); What am I doing here?, Esbjerg Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2013) and Busan Biennale Sculpture Project, Korea (2013).
Joe Ingleby has been based in Glasgow since completing a post-graduate in sculpture from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 1988. The roots of Joseph’s sculptural practice stem from his interest in the potential that natural or everyday objects have to become other forms, holding a memory of their source whilst revealing a new sense of rhythm and identity created through a metamorphic process. Joseph's practice includes site-specific public commissions and sculpture for interior spaces. His work is held in private and public collections, such as the University of Stirling Art Collection, and his 2018 commission is a ‘Treasure Trail’ of seven works for the regeneration of Denny Town Square near Falkirk. He has received major awards from the Pollock- Krasner Foundation, New York (1997) and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, New York (2013).
David Lemm is a visual artist based in Edinburgh. He graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2006. David’s research led practice responds to the experience of particular places, landscapes, objects and encountered phenomena. His outcomes manifest in a range of context specific media, often exploring visual communication devices and symbolic systems. He has presented solo exhibitions in Edinburgh and London and works across a range of activities including education and commissions. David has been awarded various residencies, including projects in Norway, London and Isle of Eigg. In 2017 he was selected as the Jon Schueler Scholarship Visual Artist in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Skye.