The purpose of Shetland Arts is to place the arts at the heart of Shetland, to educate, promote, support and develop the practice and enjoyment of the arts by all.

We run Mareel and the Garrison Theatre in Lerwick, and Bonhoga Gallery in Weisdale. We promote a year round programme of music, craft, theatre, literature, visual arts, dance and film events.

We’re here to support creative people; we believe that creativity is an important part of everybody’s life, no matter who you are, where you live or what you do. Our challenge is to enable and empower our communities, groups and individuals to fulfil their creative potential.

SADA is playing its part in the Fair Work Convention’s vision that by 2025, people in Scotland will have a world-leading working life where fair work drives success, wellbeing and prosperity for individuals, businesses, organisations and society. We have developed a workplace that is built on the five key dimensions of Fair Work: effective voice, opportunity, security, fulfilment and respect.

Art is a gift. It has the power to lift us up, to help us find expression and self belief, and to make a profoundly positive difference to our lives.