TALK: Logical confusion - Paul Bloomer explores Mike McDonnell's artistic process

To coincide with the Shetland Museum's new art exhibition - Logical Confusion – a retrospective exhibition of the artistry of Mike McDonnell -  local artist Paul Bloomer and Jonathan Wills are giving a talk Mike McDonnell's artistic process. This is a repeat of the talk held on 30th November which is being re-run due to popular demand. 

Together they will take a deep dive into McDonnell’s sketchbooks and notebooks to discover the creative heartbeat of his multidimensional artistic process, by looking at the various threads and influences that run through his art.  They will explore how Mike often had a clear, logical plan when he began a work, but sometimes he ended up with something entirely unexpected.

Date: Thursday, 22nd February
Time: 7pm - 9pm 
Venue: Shetland Museum & Archives Auditorium 
Price: £5.00

Mike McDonnell lived and worked on the island of Yell, where his quirky, irreverent style echoed the Shetland propensity for poking fun at local politicians. In his latter years, Mike produced a phenomenal body of artwork touching on many aspects of Shetland and Scotland’s historical and cultural heritage.  His work is sometimes hard hitting in terms of political and environmental commentary and sometimes humorous in his multi-faceted takes on the human condition.

The exhibition which shows the diversity of his work as an artist, community artist, informal educator and creative initiator is on display in Da Gadderie at the Shetland Museum & Archives from Saturday 25th November 2023 - .Sunday 25th February 2024. There is the opportunity to view the exhibition after the talk. 

Shetland Museum and Archives
Hay’s Dock