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so much to sea

Whalsay fishing murals

Following the refurbishment of the Whalsay School in the late 1980s, the head teacher applied for and received Lottery Funding money. The school subsequently hosted, over a period of a year, three artists in residence. One included muralist Steve Des Landes. His work can be seen in the primary and secondary buildings, including these wonderfully colourful murals on the canteen walls. The paintings capture life on the island and depict members of the community and the fishing.