Crowdfunding campaign for In A Shetland Landscape

In a Shetland Landscape

A ceramics and sound art exhibition at Shetland Museum and Brighton Digital Festival.

Please support our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

Artists Kay Aplin and Joseph Young have been working together for the last 2 years to develop new ways of combining sound art and ceramic sculpture in an exhibition entitled ‘In A Shetland Landscape’.

The project opens on April 16th 2016 at Shetland Museum & Archives with workshops, artist talks and a special performance in homage to John Cage’s In A Landscape, a key inspiration for our work. The exhibition is open to the public until June 12th and reopens on Sept 2nd as part of Brighton Digital Festival with a launch at Phoenix Brighton, accompanied by a trip to The Ceramic House to see and listen to a modified version of the work, so that it fits our smaller space. We are then open to the public at weekends throughout September



We spent a month in residency at Scalloway Booth, Shetland in August last year, when we explored the landscape and soundscape of the Shetland Isles. The result is a collaborative installation inspired by the work of John Cage entitled ‘In A Shetland Landscape’, after Cage’s famous composition ‘In A Landscape’.

The exhibition explores the experience of being part of the landscape rather than simply observing it, in the tradition of landscape painting.  This will be achieved through an immersive four channel sound installation that takes the listener on a sweeping journey through the unique sounds of land and sea, accompanied by a series of large-scale ceramic panels celebrating the “micro-flora” of the Shetland Isles, magnified to produce delicate designs of vibrant colour and texture.


We are funding this entire project ourselves, but in order for us to see this through we need your help. Making ceramics is a time and labour-intensive process (as is sound editing) and we will be working 7 days a week until we go to Shetland at the beginning of April to install the exhibition. We believe that this show, once people get to see it and hear it, will be worth the effort.

We have the backing of a number of key organisations including Shetland ArtsShetland Museum, the University of BrightonPhoenix Brighton (where we both have our studios), plus Artists Open Houses51 Zero and Brighton Digital Festival who are all keen to see this project succeed. They are supporting the work in-kind through the loan of their facilities, equipment, staff and venues, as well as their marketing expertise, but the economy of the arts is such, that that is all they are able to give.

Your support will pay for all the making costs of producing such a large body of work; our travel and accommodation in Shetland; shipping of the work back to Brighton and a catalogue to accompany the exhibition in September.


We are offering some fabulous rewards, including mounted ceramic panels from Kay’s Botanical Structures series, new ceramic limited editions made especially for In A Shetland Landscape (the Shetland Series), 3D audio sound collections for listening on your mobile device, field recording workshops in the Sussex countryside and overnight trips to see the exhibition and stay in the sumptuous loft room at The Ceramic House. We hope that these will entice you to support the project in whatever way you can…

Please click here to support the project and find out more about it on Indiegogo.

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