This exhibition has been formed from work created by Artist Imi Maufe as a result of a two-part residency. The first part, sea based, onboard the Swan, a 1900 Shetland based herring drifter, during the Tall Ships’ Races (June – August 2011). The second part, a land based month (August – September 2011), at Taigh Chearsabhagh in North Uist and with Shetland Arts in Shetland.
Imi Maufe, a UK artist based in Norway, was appointed to the LK243 UnderSail residency through a formal selection process.
The residency was organised by a partnership between Shetland Arts, an arts development agency based in Lerwick, Shetland (www.shetlandarts.org); Taigh Chearsabhagh, a museum and arts centre in Lochmaddy on the island of North Uist, Scotland (www.taigh-chearsabhagh.org), and the Swan Trust (www.swantrust.com), a Shetland based charity which owns and operates the former herring drifter the Swan as a sail training vessel. The project title, LK243 UnderSail, derives from the original port registration number of the Swan.
The LK243 UnderSail residency and exhibition has been made possible by two funders. Firstly, Scotland’s Islands, as part of a year long celebration of Scotland’s Islands and their culture. Secondly, Creative Scotland with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. This is as part of the national Calouste Gulbenkian Scottish Islands’ Project (www.gulbenkian.org.uk), which aims to enable the development of ambitious new work of national and international significance involving the arts centres in six Scottish islands – Lewis, North Uist, Mull, Skye, Shetland, Orkney.
As well as being artist, Imi Maufe was also a crewmember on board the Swan, involving herself in all activities on board and at each port. Imi’s bed and working space was in the boat’s main cabin in one of the larger wooden bunks (2.14m x 60cm x 80cm) screened by a curtain. Before departing, a specially designed Bunk Box was made to fit at the end of this bunk to maximise the space available.
This exhibition has been created to fit into the Bunk Box and will tour to galleries in the UK and Norway between April 2012 and April 2013. The exhibition tour is being co-ordinated by Shetland Arts.
During her residency, Imi came into contact with over 1,500,000 people, crews from 32 different countries and 70 vessels from 13 different countries.