The Shetland Open exhibition takes place every two years, with an exhibition of work by prize winners in the intervening year. The focus this year is contemporary applied art and craft and entries are welcome from amateur, professional and student artists and craft-makers aged 18 and over, who are linked to Shetland by birth, education or residency.

Each sponsored £150 award will be matched by a further £150 from Shetland Arts to fund a group exhibition at Bonhoga in 2020. Our sponsors this year are A9 Partnership Ltd, Ninian, John Goudie, Shetland Gallery and Shetland Arts and Crafts Association.

Shetland Open 2019: Conditions of Entry…

  •   it is a non-selected show where all work will be hung unless offensive;
  •   work should not have been exhibited previously in Shetland;
  •   all wall-based work, except sculpture/hangings must be framed. The moulding of the frame must be wider than 10mm to allow for gallery fixings. We cannot guarantee that we can hang work if it does not comply with this;
  •       the size of work is limited to 1mx1m. Size is restricted to 1m along the longest edge of a 3D item/object. Clothing or items made from craft kits are not acceptable; if you wish to submit a larger piece this will be at the discretion of Shetland Arts due to restricted space;
  •       work must be for sale. The price will be subject to a gallery commission of 35%+ VAT on the commission;
  •   only one entry will be accepted per person. It must be clearly labelled with name, title, medium and price (see above);
  •   work is to be submitted to Bonhoga Gallery or Mareel no later than 7th September.

Unsold work must be collected from Bonhoga from 4th November or Mareel by arrangement with Bonhoga. We cannot store work for long periods so uncollected work may be disposed of after 23rd December; 

Applied Art and Craft work includes…

  • Basketry & Willow Weaving
  • Bookbinding
  • Ceramics
  • Furniture Making & Wood Working
  • Glass Working
  • Jewellery
  • Leather Working
  • Metal Working
  • Millinery
  • Mosaics
  • Paper Making (paperworks and wallpaper, this does not include stationery)  
  • Silversmithing & Goldsmithing
  • Stone Working (carving, lettering, sculpture and plasterwork)
  • Textiles (weaving, knitting, crochet, printed, embroidery, tapestry, felting, quilting, tufting and lace.

The following are not acceptable as exhibits: fine art, painting, drawing, photography, printing on paper, stationery, candle, soap or cake making, nor jewellery made by assembling bought-in materials. However, we do accept the work of makers who incorporate non-craft disciplines into their craft practice: for instance photographic transfers on handmade ceramics, or painting onto blown glass. 


There will be a prize giving and public opening on Friday 20th September 19:00

Bairns Open 2019: Craft 

The Bairns’ Open takes place every year in the Lower Gallery at the same time as the Open exhibition in the main gallery. It is open to all school age children and young adults in Shetland, from P1-S6.

This year the focus is CRAFT and we are looking for all kinds of handmade craft, eg, textile pieces including knitting, weave, felt; sculpture including wood, ceramic, metal work; as well as jewellery.  The piece must be no larger than A3, and 3D equivalent of A3.

Three prizes are awarded and work will be displayed in the lower gallery and craft cabinets at Bonhoga from 21 Sep – 3 Nov.  Deadline for entries is 7 September, with work submitted to Bonhoga or Mareel.

Only one entry will be accepted per person and it must be clearly labelled with name, age and contact details.

After the exhibition work may be collected from Bonhoga, or Mareel by arrangement with Bonhoga. We cannot store work for long periods so uncollected work may be disposed of after 22nd Dec.

For further information please contact Angela Smith,

tel: (01595) 745750    email:

Exhibition open 21 September - 3 November 2019

Monday - Saturday 10:30- 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00