‘Even Here, Even Now,’ is a manifesto celebrating island-based arts, their impact and advocates for transformative change. Written by artists from Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles, the manifesto calls for Policy Makers and Stakeholders to make change.

Accessible online and in print, ‘Even Here, Even Now’ is now available from Mareel in Shetland, Piers Art Centre in Orkney and An Lanntair in Stornoway.

‘Even Here, Even Now’ was created by island artists (selected from an Open Call) who understand the unique challenges and opportunities of island life. These artists also took part in Culture Collective, a network of 26 participatory art projects, shaped by local communities alongside artists and creative organisations.

The manifesto's creators include Helen Robertson and Barry Nisbet from Shetland, Sandra Kennedy from the Western Isles, as well as Jamilla Garrett, Arwen Haselden and Niamh Haselden from Orkney.

Kathryn Spence, Creative Project Programmer at Shetland Arts, managed the project with support from Carol Dunbar from Pier Arts Centre, in collaboration with An Lanntair and Taigh-Chearsabhagh. The project was made possible through funding from Culture Collective.

'Even Here, Even Now' sums up the spirit, resilience and creativity that define our island arts communities. This manifesto is about change and ensuring that island arts thrive and contribute fully to our cultural landscape.’

Kathryn Spence, Creative Project Manager at Shetland Arts

This manifesto will be an essential document for both policymakers and stakeholders, providing a clear path towards realising the full potential of island-based arts.

Please share this far and wide with your network, stakeholders and policy makers to help enact change.

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