Orkney Islands Council
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Arts Opportunities and Funding

Call for Artist - Collaborative Project to Explore Role of Arts in Health and Social Care Setting

A new project that will enable users of Orkney Health and Care’s Lifestyles Service to participate in creative workshops and create a lasting work of art has received funding through the Orkney LEADER programme.

A local artist will be commissioned to work closely with service users, volunteers and staff, encouraging participation in a number of hands-on and interactive workshops.

A ‘work-in-progress’ exhibition is planned for Spring 2018 whilst the artist and participants work towards a co-produced art work for permanent display within the centre.

The Lifestyles Service, which is situated at the Pickaquoy Centre in Kirkwall, opened in 2015 and supports adults with a wide range of learning disabilities.

Antony Mottershead, the Council’s Arts Officer, designed the project alongside Ross Groundwater, the manager of the Lifestyles Service. He said: “We see this collaborative project as a valuable opportunity to explore further the role of arts in health and social care settings and the benefits to participants.

“Projects like this enable service users to participate in activities and opportunities that many of us take for granted, enabling individuals to express themselves in new and different ways.”

Supporting around 40 adults, the Lifestyles Services provides modern, flexible, community-based services to meet the wide ranging needs to service users. The building includes an IT suite, a multi-sensory space, an outdoor garden area and provides easy access to the sports and leisure facilities at the Picky. It promotes community involvement, aiming to offer people with learning disabilities opportunities to be involved in their local community and to become more independent.

LEADER is part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme which funds economic, environmental and social measures for the benefit of rural Scotland. The Orkney Islands £2.5m LEADER programme offers funding for small scale, pilot projects led by the local community or that are in the local community interest, with the aim to promote economic and community development within Orkney. The programme remains open to applicants with Round 6 closing on 26 July (decisions due by the end of September) and Round 7 closing on 15 November (decisions due by the end of January). For more information on the programme visit the Orkney LEADER website. You can also contact the Orkney LEADER team direct at Orkney Islands Council on 01856873535 extension 2811.

To apply for this opportunity please download the Artist Brief from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Orkney

In partnership with Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.


The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grants schemes with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development.

Established by Creative Scotland, these partnerships give support at a local level and work with local panels to offer funds to support practitioners at all stages of their career who have demonstrated a commitment to their work and in developing their practice through new work, new skills or new opportunities.

Awards of £500 and £1,500 are available.

Please refer to the application guidance for full details and how to apply and use the application form available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

For further information or support with an application please contact:

Antony Mottershead (Arts Officer).

Arts, Museums and Heritage, Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2406.

Stromness Office: 01856873535 extension 3041.

This project is being part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014 – 2020 Programme and by Orkney Islands Council.

European Community Orkney LEADER programme logos.
European Community Orkney LEADER programme logos.

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