Art and Engagement with the Cold War in Shetland

Roxane Permar, Susan Timmins

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The article discusses an ongoing project based in the Shetland Islands situated to the north of mainland Scotland and Norway. Permar and Timmins investigate the ‘Cold War’ period; roughly between the end of World War II and the demise of the Soviet Union; i.e. the years 1946 to 1991. In reporting the project and presenting some of the artwork that was produced, the authors argue that ‘Art can stimulate debate, trigger collective memory and promote engagement with issues related to the Cold War that are unique to the populations of the northern and Arctic regions.’ Amultidisciplinary approach was taken to data collection that included, for example film, photography and interviews.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRelate North 2014: Engagement, Art and Representation
Subtitle of host publicationReview on Arctic Sustainable Art and Design
Place of PublicationRovaniemi, Finland
PublisherLapland University Press
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)9789523109896
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014



  • Cold War
  • Shetland
  • Socially Engaged Art

Cite this

Permar, R., & Timmins, S. (2014). Art and Engagement with the Cold War in Shetland. In Relate North 2014: Engagement, Art and Representation: Review on Arctic Sustainable Art and Design (pp. 34-58). Rovaniemi, Finland: Lapland University Press.