Njuggles (aka Kelpies) at Northlight
For two weeks commencing 1st November 2020, an exhibition of Njuggles (aka Kelpies) can be seen at Northlight Gallery in Stromness. As the gallery is currently not open to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions, work is showing in the windows. The exhibition can be viewed from the street.
In the folklore of the Northern Isles (especially Shetland), a Njuggle is a malevolent water spirit much like that known elsewhere in Scotland as a Kelpie. They are shape-shifting creatures which often take the form of horses, and which attempt to entice and then drown human beings.
The Njuggles on show at the Northlight Gallery take a number of forms and have been created in a variety of media, both traditional and digital. These paintings and drawings were inspired by Scotland’s 2020 Year of Coasts and Waters. A digital print associated with this exhibition is also available to purchase online through the store on this site.