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Still Lives Project - A Culture Collection Project for Shetland Arts

How are unpaid carers affected by the pandemic? 90% spend more time caring, 82% can't access respite/breaks, 86% say their workload has increased, 74% say their needs have become more complex.

Arts organisations in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles are working together to provide creative opportunities for those who have been isolated during the pandemic. In Shetland, artists of all kinds have funding to work on projects with communities across the islands. Heather Christie, an artist and illustrator living in Bressay, is part of this project and has chosen to work with unpaid carers.

Take some time for yourself. Meet others in an informal and friendly atmosphere. Heather is offering:

Two fully funded art workshops for unpaid carers. Come to one or both. Use painting and/or collage as a way to reflect on your time as an unpaid carer through the pandemic. Refreshments provided, chat encouraged!

Bring 4 or 5 objects that represent your life as a carer. Use these as a basis for a still life artwork. No experience needed, materials and lots of help supplied. Covid safe practices employed.

Two four hour workshops take place at Speldiburn (former school), Bressay in late February. Times to be arranged to work with carers' needs, but will work with the ferry. Fares from Lerwick are covered and transport between the ferry and Speldiburn provided. Please note the workshop times have been reworked due to Covid-19 and may be different to original information already put out about the project.

If you are interested in taking part in the Still Lives Project, please let Amanda Brown know on 01595 743923 or email [email protected] and your contact details will then be passed on to Heather Christie.

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