Promoting Art & Business Links

Culture & Business Fund Scotland roadshow comes to Orkney 

Arts and Business ScotlandIndependent charity Arts & Business Scotland will visit Orkney later this month as part of a series of special events across the Highlands and Islands to promote greater collaboration between local cultural organisations and the local business community.

The free events are part of Arts & Business Scotland’s Highlands and Islands roadshow which follows the launch of the organisation’s Culture & Business Fund Scotland last year. Funded by the Scottish Government via Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, the Fund is designed to promote collaboration between the cultural and business sectors by matching business sponsorship of cultural activities pound for pound.

A free training workshop will be held at Kirkwall & St Ola Community Centre in Kirkwall on Thursday 29th March 1 – 4pm . Lunch will be provided  which will give attendees insights on how to initiate and develop lasting cultural and business partnerships and will offer information and advice on applying for match funding via the Culture & Business Fund Scotland.

In the evening there is  a special evening reception entitled ‘The Power of Business and Cultural Partnerships’. Providing an ideal opportunity for local cultural organisations to network with members of the local business community.

The event will also be held in Shetland click here to find more information .

Commenting on the forthcoming workshops, Arts & Business Scotland Head of Programmes Carl Watt said:

“The Culture & Business Fund Scotland exists to promote fruitful partnerships between cultural organisations and local businesses throughout Scotland.

“Since launching last year, we’ve met organisations throughout Scotland to highlight the huge opportunities the Fund can offer in terms of making a wide variety of cultural projects happen.

“We are excited to be bringing our free workshops to Shetland and Orkney. Both are regions which have produced many amazing arts and heritage projects and we are keen to encourage further collaboration between local business and the local cultural sector with a view to creating many more in the future.”

Orkney tickets can be applied for at: Culture & Business Fund Scotland Workshop (Kirkwall, Orkney)

To confirm your attendance at one of the evening receptions, please email Adam Castle, Events Co-ordinator, Arts & Business Scotland at, stating your name, job title and organisation.

The pelagic sculpture project on Shetland was one of 44 individual cultural projects across the Highlands and Islands with a collective value of almost £1 million to benefit from the New Arts Sponsorship Grants Programme. Spearheaded by Shetland Arts, the project sought to commission and fund a sculpture for Lerwick’s waterfront celebrating the role of the Pelagic fishing industry in Shetland’s life, economy and culture and received business sponsorship from the Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation, Lerwick Port Authority, Shetland Catch Ltd and marine supplies company LHD Ltd.


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