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Shetland Arts announced that the organization recently received funding from the Creative Scotland Youth Arts Fund Small Grants Scheme to support local freelance creative practitioners to develop and deliver youth arts activity across Shetland from March 2021 to March 2022.

Freelance creative practitioners based in Shetland, or with strong links to the isles, are encouraged to apply for grants up to £5,000 to design and deliver a series of free arts sessions for young people across the isles, with a focus on making access easier for those in remote and rural communities. 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 17 February. Those who go on to receive the grant funding will receive professional development and upskilling opportunities as well as the funding for their programme of sessions.

Shetland Arts are also seeking to appoint a freelance creative practitioner as Project Coordinator for the youth arts programme.

It’s been a tough year for young people and artists so we’re looking forward to 2021 and the youth art activities that this project will enable. We’ll be supporting practitioners to design and deliver exiting projects across the isles that will benefit young people and provide much needed income opportunities for the creative community.

Bryan Peterson, Head of Creative Opportunities at Shetland Arts

More information on both opportunities can be found at https://www.shetlandarts.org/getinvolved/support/youth-arts-small-grants-scheme Expressions of Interest should be made to Shetland Arts by 5pm on Wednesday 17 February.

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