Orkney Arts Forum supports the development of arts and culture within Orkney. The Forum consists of representatives from artforms including music, visual arts, literature, drama, dance, storytelling, craft, architecture, design, new media and film, as well as key organisations and community groups. The Forum meets quarterly to discuss the priorities for the arts in Orkney and acts as a consultation group for the arts development service within Orkney Islands Council.


Forum Membership
Orkney Arts Forum is made up of a wide range of individual and organisation members, to ensure that the full breadth of the arts in Orkney are represented. Artform representatives are elected onto the Forum and are able to raise issues and concerns about the arts from any member of the public and the artistic community.

Current membership of the Orkney Arts Forum is as follows:

Artform representatives
Architecture, Design and New Media - Jonathan Ford
Craft - (Currently vacant)
Dance - (Currently vacant)
Drama - Chris Matthews
Film - Mark Jenkins
Literature - Donna Heddle
Music - Euan Allison
Storytelling - Fran Hollinrake
Young Persons Representative - Sigurd Smith
Visual Arts (Currently vacant)

Local arts organisations
George Mackay Brown Fellowship - Yvonne Gray/Alison Miller
Orkney Arts Society - Jean Leonard
Orkney Crafts Association - Heather Croy
Orkney Folk Festival - Judy Clayton
Pier Arts Centre - Neil Firth
Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) Orkney - Michael McLaughlin
St Magnus International Festival - Alasdair Nicolson

Regional and national arts organisations
Creative Scotland - Gary Cameron

Orkney based agencies and organisations
Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) Orkney - Francesca Couperwhite
Orkney College UHI (Art & Design Dept.) - Anne Bevan
The Pickaquoy Centre Trust - Mark Harrison/Victoria Rhodes
Orkney Tourism Group - Cameron Taylor
Voluntary Action Orkney - Gail Anderson

Orkney Islands Council (OIC)
Arts Officer (and facilitator of OAF) - Antony Mottershead
Arts, Museums and Heritage - Clare Gee
Orkney Library and Archive - Gary Amos
Elected Member Representative - (Currently vacant)


You can contact any member of the Arts Forum via Antony Mottershead, Arts Officer, Orkney Islands Council, School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY - or by email at antony.mottershead@orkney.gov.uk