A music, cinema and creative industries centre on Lerwick’s quayside.

Mareel is the UK's most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre, operated by Shetland Arts Development Agency.

Sited right on the edge of the North Sea on the historic Hay’s Dock quayside in Lerwick beside the Shetland Museum and Archives, Mareel offers a stunning setting for performance, production, studying or just relaxing with a coffee enjoying the view and watching the seals and seabirds bobbing just outside the windows.

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Shetland Arts have taken the decision to close their venues temporarily in the light of the latest government advice to limit non-essential travel and contact as part of the international effort to reduce the spread of Corvid-19. Mareel, Bonhoga Gallery, Garrison Theatre and the ShetlandMade retail outlet will not be opening this week and will remain closed until further notice. Staff are being supported to work from home where possible and will continue to work on ensuring access to the arts in Shetland during this time and in the future.

Shetland Arts Chief Executive, Graeme Howell, said “This decision was not taken lightly, but for the welfare of our staff, customers and all of Shetland we need to follow public health advice and reduce pressure on essential services.

We hope to see you again soon, in the meantime we recognize the importance of the arts to health and wellbeing. We are exploring new ways of sharing our work online and are busy updating the website, YouTube channel and social media with even more great arts content to enable folk across Shetland to continue to access the arts from their own homes.”

Any customers with tickets booked for films or events until 2nd of April will receive a refund, if you booked without an account but paid by card you will also receive a refund, if you paid by cash please get in touch with us on info@shetlandarts.org with your order number which is printed on the ticket.

Facilities & Accessibility Info

  • Live performance auditorium
  • Rehearsal rooms
  • Two Cinema Screens
  • Recording Studio
  • Education and training spaces
  • Digital Media Production Suite
  • Broadcasting facilities
  • Exhibition Spaces
  • Box Office
  • Cafe
  • Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Toilets
  • Full disabled access, including disabled toilet.

Mareel offers top quality facilities with a live performance auditorium which can be arranged for standing room, theatre seating, cabaret seating, or bespoke options. The two cinema screens show a varied programme of film, including event and arthouse cinema and Screen 2 is available for private hire. The venue also provides rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, education and training spaces, a state of the art digital media production suite, broadcast facilities, exhibition spaces and a cafe bar with a great menu and free high speed wi-fi internet access. BonhogaShop@Mareel offers a small but regularly changing collection of design-led goods, crafts, cards and books, an extension of the popular shop at Bonhoga Gallery in Weisdale. Gift vouchers are available, which can be used at any Shetland Arts venue (including for cinema).

The venue provides an exciting year round programme of film, live music, education and other performance events. It is a hub and a focus for the creative communities not just in Shetland but beyond, and a catalyst for the creative industry sector in Shetland.

Drawing upon its very special remote, yet well connected location, live acts not only get to experience the inspiring landscapes and seascapes of Shetland but also enjoy the world-renowned hospitality of Shetland people.

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