What's on during lockdown...

In response to the shuttering of our facilities Shetland Arts moved a range of activity online. We have been very conscious that a lot of organisations, some with significantly more resources than us, have also done the same thing. Our focus has been to celebrate Shetland, provide work for freelancers resident in Shetland, support the vulnerable groups we were working with, and continue to deliver on our trust deed.

We have delivered the following activities since the beginning of lockdown:


Story Time with Shetland Library, ongoing, Thursday morning on Facebook

Wellbeing Choir, ongoing, Tuesday evening on Facebook

Live@Lunch, Tuesday lunchtime performance series on Facebook and Instagram (June)

Scenes for Survival, produced by National Theatre of Scotland, in association with BBC Scotland, Screen Scotland, BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine project and Shetland Arts, with support from Hopscotch Films.

Art Through the Lockdown with Gilly B, Facebook/Instagram (April)

Student Night 2020 Facebook, Instagram, YouTube (March)

Cinderella, recorded Soup and Show Christmas performance, Facebook (March)

The Last Day, student film, Facebook, Instagram (April)

International Dance Day, Shetland Youth Dance Company Performance videos, Facebook, Instagram (April)

Participatory Activity - All

Wellbeing Craft, Zoom, weekly (April/May)

Wellbeing Writing, Zoom, weekly (April-July)

Creative Lab: Theatre Writing with Grace Barnes, Zoom

Creative Lab: Peter Davis Watercolour lessons from his kitchen table, Zoom (July/Aug)

Participatory Activity – Youth

Shetland Youth Dance, Zoom, weekly (ongoing)

Shetland Youth Theatre, Zoom, weekly (ongoing)

Film Crew JNR, Zoom, weekly (April/May/June)

Education in partnership with Shetland College UHI

All formal education activity has been moved online and we are currently supporting 47 full and part time students to complete their studies.

We were due to host a BA film residential at Mareel at the end of March this was delivered online to students from across Scotland and Europe.

At Home Activities

Fact to Fiction St Ninian's Isle Treasure, online resources and zine here

Instabitions Footage/photographs from past Shetland Arts Exhibitions shared on Instagram:

  • Finger Symbols
  • Blowup
  • ShetlandMade 2020
  • The Art of Ping Pong
  • 27 Shades of Shetland blues

See more detail of our online activity here

Help us plan!

As we come out of lockdown we are also moving into the next round of our core funding applications to Creative Scotland and the Shetland Charitable Trust. We need your help to decide where to focus our resources over the next few years, both in terms of artforms, sector support and making you comfortable to return to our venues. This is your opportunity to help shape our future - we know you'll be honest and positive about what you want us to be and in return we will use your responses to help us move forward.

The more people who fill in the survey below the more useful the results will be, so please share it around!

Shetland Arts Public Consultation survey 2020

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