Shetland Arts invite applications for commissions from performers seeking to stage new work in January, February and March 2023. Commissions can be made in music, theatre, dance or any performing art and for any venue in Shetland.

If you are an artist based in Shetland (or with strong links here) – whatever stage of career and with any level of experience – we would love you to pitch an idea you want to develop. Something you’re passionate about. Something you’ve been dreaming about doing but need some support to make it real. Something that you feel will touch people, enrich their lives, make them sit up and think…


We invite commission ideas that:

  • Create new and exciting opportunities for artists and audiences in Shetland

  • Develop the applicant’s creative practice and skills.

  • Are developed by artists based in Shetland or who have strong links to the community

Shetland Arts will provide:

  • A fee which will be discussed with the Shetland Arts team and the successful artists. This will be up to £10,000, including support towards all commissioning and production costs.

  • Space in Mareel, as available, to develop the work

  • Technical support to produce the work

  • Marketing support

  • Producing support

How to Apply

The application process will have two stages;

  • an initial proposal submission to admin@shetlandarts.org followed by

  • an interview for shortlisted candidates.

We seek to make the process as simple as possible and ask for the following in the first stage:

  • A description of your idea or project, including all the artists involved in the commission

  • A budget proposal – we expect this to be an outline only

  • Details of other support you feel would be beneficial – for example rehearsal space, studio access, administrative guidance, marketing support.

  • A projected timescale

Please use a maximum of two sides of A4 to describe you project. We welcome images, drawings and links to recordings or film as part of your submission. Please also provide information about yourself as an artist; for example a link to a website, a statement about your work or a CV.

If you would prefer to submit your proposal by video, please make sure it is no longer than 5 minutes duration and upload via Vimeo or YouTube, protected by a password.

All applications will be considered by a panel from Shetland Arts and shortlisted candidates will be invited to discuss their proposal further before a final decision is made.

For any queries or support in composing an application, or if you require this information in an alternative format, please contact Rachel Dominy (rachel.dominy@shetlandarts.org).

All applications to be made by 9am Monday 5 December 2022.

Supported by Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund for Cultural Organisations.


Thumbnail and Header Image: Vaila Walterson, 2021.

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