Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre. Situated in a prominent quayside area in Lerwick next to the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel has a live performance auditorium, two cinema screens, rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, education and training spaces, a digital media production suite, broadcast facilities and a cafe bar with free high speed wi-fi internet access.

Mareel from Hay's Dock

Mareel provides a year round programme of film, live music and other performance events. It is a hub and a focus for the creative communities not just in Shetland but beyond, and a catalyst for the emerging creative industry sector in Shetland. Shetland Arts manages Mareel. Mareel is a unique location for live, recorded and streamed performance - world class performers playing for a great crowd create rich digital content, and performances elsewhere can be streamed to Mareel. Drawing upon its very special remote, yet well connected location, live acts  not only get to experience the inspiring seascapes and landscapes of Shetland but also get to enjoy the world-renowned hospitality of Shetland people.

Mareel - Mareel in the evening

Mareel provides a programme of formal and informal education, training and learning activities designed to appeal to the whole community. These opportunities include the NC Music course delivered in partnership with Shetland College UHI, evening classes delivered in partnership with the SIC (including audio technology, live sound and film production), and industry certified Pro Tools training. Educational facilities include a multimedia production suite equipped with high spec computers and a range of creative software tools, a recording studio featuring Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Reason and Ableton Live software, rehearsal facilities and a lecture theatre (which doubles as the 2nd cinema screen). Mareel is a situational learning environment enabling the community to gain hands on experience of a range of creative industry practices. For more information on Mareel or to discuss booking any of the spaces please contact us.



Design and construction

Gareth Hoskins Architects (GHA) won a national competition to design the UK's most northerly cinema and music venue in July 2006. Since then GHA and Shetland Arts have been working closely with local and national stakeholders, a team of specialist advisors and funders to deliver a state of the art venue. Shetland based DITT Construction Ltd won the contract to build Mareel and construction started in June 2009. 

 Floor plan Slideshow

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Mareel Funders & Sponsors

The building and design of Mareel has been possible thanks to the generous support of our funders:

Donations - Shetland Arts welcomes donations to enhance the fit out of Mareel - please make a donation through The Big Give.

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