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Shetland Arts have launched a survey to gather views on what the community would like from the , as they approach their next round of core funding applications to the Shetland Charitable Trust and Creative Scotland.

During 2015/16 the arts development agency ran a series of art form conversations and surveys to explore what the Shetland community wanted from Shetland Arts. These conversations then formed the basis for their application for core funding. As Shetland Arts prepare for another round of core funding applications they had been planning to hold a series of public events to revisit and update these conversations. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic they have moved the discussion topics into an online survey.

The consultation includes five questions about Shetland Arts’ work, broken down by area, and a sixth question that asks for help to shape how the organisation should approach prioritising the various art forms their trust deed supports. This is then followed by a final series of questions focussed on their activity during lockdown and plans surrounding the reopening of facilities.

Graeme Howell, CEO of Shetland Arts said:

“Shetland Arts is a diverse organisation. From managing various venues and facilities through to education and wellbeing work, sector support, programming and festivals, the range of work we currently do and the range of work that we could be doing is extensive. There are no right or wrong answers, we could approach delivering our ambition in a variety of different ways.

This is your opportunity to help shape our future. I know you’ll be honest and positive about what you want us to be and in return we will use your responses to help shape the way we move forward”.

The survey can be accessed here and will run until 19 July 2020.

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Thank you for filling in our consultation survey, we had a phenomenal response, the results will be published by the end of August.

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