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This exhibition, on now in Kirkwall at the Old Library, is the culmination of the work of all 174 first year pupils at Kirkwall Grammar School who worked over several months exploring the townscape heritage of Kirkwall.

This project, funded by Kirkwall THI, began some months ago with architect Leslie Burgher talking to pupils about the features and fascinations of some of their built environment. He highlighted things they may not have previously noticed about Kirkwall, revealing the uniqueness and connectedness of the buildings of the town.

Through workshops, Frances Pelly and I brought sculpture and photography techniques in to the classroom. The focus continued over the months with the Art Dept staff, PT Nichola Watson; Teresa Borek; Morag Ewing; Marie Montgomery and Kirsteen Murray, further exploring the Kirkwall heritage theme.

Over six hundred artworks have been created including photography, chemigrams, photo montage using images from the Orkney Library & Archive collection, relief clay work, soapstone carvings, printmaking and drawing.

A PDF of the ‘Kirkwall Chemigrams’ book is available – just contact me here if you would like me to send you it.


This beautiful sculpture is one of a classroom flock of soapstone birds made in response to the crowsteps of the town and their inhabitants.