The idea for our the lab was conceived with the intention to really place rural artists and the excellent work they do at the centre of discussions, using cross island working to reflect on our similarities and differences and how we can share resources to develop our work.
Sandra Kennedy (Lewis), Helen Robertson (Shetland) and Barry Nisbet (Shetland) were selected from an open call across the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland to reflect upon rural artistry, the Culture Collective project and set themes that each outlined in their applications. This was a funded opportunity and artists were selected from a panel made up of a representative of each of the island groups.
The lab was led by our Creative Project Manager Kathryn Spence. She was also joined by Carol Dunbar from Pier Arts Centre, who represented the arts and artists in Orkney. Helen, Barry and Sandra worked together to create a publication that will be shared and distributed online and by paper copy, designed by our in-house marketing team. It will be available to the public soon.