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Power of Place is Shetland’s first year long celebration of architecture and place. In partnership with WordPlay, Shetland’s annual book festival, we are launching a creative collaboration open to everyone in Shetland entitled ‘2100: Future Shetland’.

We are asking people to imagine what Shetland will be like in the year 2100, ninety years from now. What will Shetland look like? Who will be living here? What will the buildings and architecture look like?  Will Shetland be a sustainable community? Will climate change affect the islands? Will new technologies affect the islands? How will Shetland adapt to changes?

We are looking for poetry, prose, images, music, film, new media, animation - any way that people want to show their vision of Shetland’s future.

The ‘vision’ will be displayed online and selected work will be read out at the Wordplay Festival in September. Ideas may also be used to stimulate discussion about Shetland’s future at the Power of Place Open Forums.

Please send your submissions to one (or all!) of the following:

  • Power of Place, Shetland Arts, Toll Clock Centre, Lerwick, Shetland ZE2 9JA
  • Power of Place Facebook group
Deadline for submissions is: 5pm Friday 6 August 2010

For more information about Power of Place, please see

For more information about WordPlay, please see

PoP is a partnership between Shetland Arts, Shetland Islands Council, Shetland Architectural Society, the Scottish Government’s programme of architecture and outreach activities (through Architecture + Design Scotland) and Shetland community organisations.

During 2010 Power of Place is running arts, educational and community workshops for all ages, themed articles in Shetland Life, an international  conference (Building Resilience in Island Communities 16-18th September), open forums for debate and discussion, youth street events, 'Bricks in Flicks' - an architecture film festival and events in community buildings across the islands. For more information see:


Karen Emslie, Power of Place Co-ordinator:  07786541065

Clair Aldington, Shetland Arts Visual Arts Development Officer: 01595 743843

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