Shetland Arts are calling out for local freelance creative practitioners to develop and deliver wellbeing activity across Shetland until April 2022 as part of the Culture Collective, a national programme funded by Creative Scotland.

Practitioners are encouraged to apply for grants up to £8,000 in time and £2.500 in materials, equipment and other costs to design and deliver a series of free sessions to provide ongoing, meaningful engagement and help improve the quality of life and wellbeing of participants for one of the following groups in Shetland:

  • older people, including those with dementia;

  • those living in isolated circumstances,

  • those living in the Northern or Outer Islands of Shetland;

  • those who may be struggling with their mental health;

  • or young people who may have missed out on social and educational activities over the past year.

Candidates are asked to initially send in a short description highlighting their experience, the artform(s) they will work in, the concept behind their sessions and the geographical location/spread by Wednesday 21 July. Those who go on to receive the grant funding will receive professional development and training opportunities and support from the Shetland Arts staff team as well as the funding for their programme of sessions.

“We’re excited that this programme allows us to support creative practitioners to develop their skills and practice, as well as our communities as we adjust to a new normal. We want everyone to feel able to access arts activities and events and hope these projects will reach people from all over Shetland.”Bryan Peterson, Head of Creative Opportunities, Shetland Arts

More information on the opportunity can be found at Expressions of Interest should be made to Shetland Arts by 5pm on Wednesday 21 July.

Image © Jane Cockayne

Shetland Arts' Arts in Care workshops with residents at Taing House in 2019.

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