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We are excited to welcome Kathryn Spence as the new Creative Projects Manager at Shetland Arts. Her role will span four of the many strands of work that we deliver: Development and Support, Education, Engagement and Arts in Wellbeing.

Kathryn has been working as a dance practitioner for a number of years, choreographing internationally touring works, dancing for professional companies and delivering dance, education and wellbeing sessions in a variety of settings. She has also curated dance festivals and performances across the UK. Most recently Kathryn has been working for Citymoves Dance Agency as Festival Director of DanceLive, Scotland’s most prolific and longest standing festival of contemporary dance. She has set up and run residency and commissioning opportunities for artists and most recently Project Managed one of Scotland’s largest Cashback for Creativity Projects, using dance as a tool for engagement for over 700 young people.

I am really delighted to move back home to Shetland, especially to work in a job that has so much creative potential. I am excited to celebrate the arts here in Shetland and to look at how we can expand the opportunities on offer, in both participation and artist development and support.

Kathryn welcomes local freelance arts practitioners to get in touch. The work that she will be managing here at Shetland Arts requires arts practitioner delivery and we want to ensure the work fits the needs of the organisation and also the needs of independent practitioners.

We are looking to recruit freelance practitioners to be on our Preferred Suppliers list, to share opportunities, work together and collaborate. Shetland Arts uses freelance arts practitioners for many of its engagement projects including Arts in Care, Wellbeing Arts, Creativity Labs, Creativity Clubs and Summer activity.

If you are interested please email kathryn.spence@shetlandarts.org with a CV outlining your experience, what you do as an artist and how it could fit into Shetland Arts outreach delivery.

Working as Creative Project Manager puts me in an exciting position to increase arts engagement and opportunities across Shetland, however, none of that would be possible without the Creative Arts Practitioners working in the isles.

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