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Nae Mair
Nae Mair
Nae Mair
Nae Mair

© the artist. Image credit: Shetland Museum and Archives (Shetland Amenity Trust)

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The work draws on the poem 'Colla Firth in Winter', by Hugh MacDiarmid, written during the time he lived in Whalsay, Shetland, a community where fishing is all-important. The poem describes the end of the herring season, when bustling activity at the shore ceases and foreign fishermen and migrant gutter girls leave the islands. It also can be read as bemoaning the end of the herring fishery as an industry.

Shetland Museum and Archives



Nae Mair




mixed media


H 92 x W 122 x D 4.5 cm

Accession number

ART 2019.22

Acquisition method

commissioned, 2007

Work type



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