Willick’s Shed upcoming exhibition

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Opening this week, a new exhibition with painter Diana Leslie.

Both of us are drawn to the piers of Stromness and the town’s relationship to the sea. Setting out with a broad theme, we chose a specific place for the title, ‘Willick’s Shed’, a building which has featured in both our work over the years.

Diana’s paintings are in oil on wood, each painted outside over several sittings.

The Stromness Piers are a great source of pleasure. The buildings across at the Waterfront stand like a good sentence slowly being moved and changed. It’s fine to have a subject that can’t walk away but is still full of life.’ – Diana Leslie

The White House from The South PierThe White House from the South Pier, Diana Leslie

My photographs are taken with medium format film cameras – a Mamiya and a Bronica.

Working with a square format camera I was drawn to the shapes of the town, tight compositions of closes and the spaces in between. I took to wandering around, open to anything that might work as a square composition. Then embarking on the slow process of developing the films, waiting to see how the light and shade had been translated. For several of the locations I had to reshoot, unsatisfied with the translation, looking for another way of saying what I meant to.

The exhibition, at Northlight Gallery in Graham Place, Stromness, will run from Saturday 6 May to Sunday 14 May.

Willick's Shed interior, Clouston's PierWillick’s Shed interior

Pier Arts CentrePier Arts Centre

Nav School PierNav School Pier

Buoys, South PierBuoys, South Pier

PL's ShedPL’s Shed


Porteous BraePorteous Brae

Gray's NoustGray’s Noust

Cassius, Old PierCassius, Old Pier

Hellihole RoadHellihole Road

Lieutenant's House GardenLieutenant’s House Garden

Photographs above are hand-printed Silver gelatin prints. Each is printed in an edition of four. Print size 170mm square framed 450x430mm


Exhibition catalogue including Diana Leslie’s paintings here – WillicksShedCatalogue