Shetland Museum and Archives, Lerwick

June 21, 2011 Filed under: 2000s, Culture by Sanna Fisher-Payne Comments Off

Placed 10th in the Placebook vote of favourite buildings by BDP
The Shetland Museum and Archives in Lerwick was shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize in 2008. Photographer Mark Sinclair had the privilege to witness its whole construction

Having followed the progress of this building from erection of the steel shell through to the final placing of the pebbles on the foreshore I feel I very much know it inside out.

Chosen for ‘Art on Site’ a public art project for Shetland Amenity Trust I chose to take documentary style photographs of the entire construction process of this dynamic new building right up to and immediately after it opened to the public. This contemporary visual archive of the build process spread over 22 separate visits took over 2 1/2 years to complete.

Through this process it was fasinating to watch the building change inside and outside, altering the mood and feeling of the spaces within. My favourite point was the completion of the main internal spaces prior to any of the exhibits being installed. The vast towering boat hall being pariculary impressive. I now visit the building regularly with my young family who love the bright open spaces and of course the fantastic restaurant and its harbour views.


Mark Sinclair is a Shetland-based photographer, is known for his landscapes and seascapes, as well has his Art on Site documenting of the construction of Shetland Museum