Shelagh Swanson ‘Sinclair’s Bay Artist in Residence’– Shelagh will collaborate with the Sinclair’s Bay Trust on a new project called Safe Harbour. She will work with participants in the area to explore their stories through a series of mixed media workshops and encourage them to share ideas and find connections.
Shelagh Swanson, a farmer’s daughter from Bower, graduated in 2004 from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen with BA (Hons) Fine Art/Painting. After graduation she discovered a passion for glass, in particular Fused Glass, at the International Centre of Excellence, North Lands Creative.
Subsequent masterclasses and residencies in the UK and USA strengthened her knowledge of the medium. After 10 years establishing her artistic career in Aberdeen, she recently returned to Caithness where she creates work in both Painting and Glass to commission and for exhibition from her rural studio. Well known for her bold and expressive painterly aesthetic, her works are an emotional response to her surroundings.
Recurring themes include her relationship to and experiences of landscape. Passionate about working within a community context, she has completed a number of participatory projects and residencies. Shelagh now mainly works to commission with work being held internationally in both private and public collections.