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Shetland Arts have been awarded the sum of £750,000 over three years for the period of 2018-21 in the latest round of Creative Scotland funding, it has been announced.

The award represents stand still funding for Shetland Arts, who were previously awarded the same amount by the funding body for the period 2015-18.

Graeme Howell, General Manager of Shetland Arts said: ‘We are extremely pleased by Creative Scotland’s continued investment in the work and vision of Shetland Arts. This funding will allow us to continue to ensure that all of Shetland’s residents have access to cultural and artistic activity, and to continue to bring work of national and international significance to the islands.’

He added ‘The next three years will continue to be challenging. Our staff have done an excellent job of finding ways to improve efficiency and maximise our resources over the last three years, and I’m confident that we will continue to be able to do so in the future, and Creative Scotland’s ongoing support will provide us with a firm foundation to work from.’

The funding means that Shetland Arts retains its Creative Scotland regularly funded organisation status for a further three years, and sits alongside organisations such as Edinburgh International Festivals , Celtic Connections and St Magnus Festival, and partners such as Scottish Ensemble, Imaginate and An Lanntair recognised by Creative Scotland as significantly enhancing the cultural landscape of Scotland.

Feedback on the application was extremely positive, with Creative Scotland stating ‘What is evidenced throughout the proposal is an organisation at the heart of the arts in Shetland that responds to the community in a vital and inclusive way and which is recognised by locals as well as the wider sector.’

Howell adds ‘This funding reflects the Scottish Governments continued investment in cultures, and demonstrates a recognition of the significant value which arts and culture bring to Scotland economy, society and business community.’

Lorraine Hall, Chair of Shetland Arts said, ‘I would like to extend the board’s thanks to all staff at Shetland Arts for their dedication and hard work over the last three years. This result is a recognition of the excellent work that we have done so far, and a vote of confidence in our ability to continue to provide an outstanding service to Shetland. We look forward to what the next three years will bring.’

The Shetland Arts 2018-21 business plan, containing full details of the proposed programme of activity and priority work areas will be published on the Shetland Arts website in March.

Creative Scotland’s full release about the funding results can be viewed here

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