The Orkney Creative Hub (OCH) aims to provide a central site for education, development and enterprise opportunities for artists, designers and crafters of all ages and abilities, across many disciplines, from within and outwith Orkney.
OCH came together over 5 years ago as a collaboration between Orkney Crafts Association (OCA), Orkney Arts and Crafts (OAC) and the not-for-profit art shop, For Arts Sake (FAS), the project has been set up as a Community Interest Company, ensuring its assets will stay within the community. Any profits from the initiative will be distributed to local charities.
The 4 representatives from these groups have become the founding directors of Orkney Creative Hub: Heather Croy, OCA, Sandra Rodwell and Clive Horton (OAC) and Jan Judge (FAS)
Orkney has a long established creative heritage and it is the OCH vision that the Hub will provide a central focus in the islands to offer established artists and makers the opportunity to promote their work. It will also be a place where the community can access the resources needed to develop their individual creativity, and will give support and mentoring to anyone wishing to turn their talent into a business.
The Hub’s outreach programme will support artists and makers in the outer isles and bring exhibitions to the wider Orkney community. In addition, the Hub – which is included in the local authority’s development plan -will provide supported volunteering and employment opportunities for those less able to join the workplace, along with a wide variety of new creative experiences.
Inclusivity is very much the ethos of the project, with the space housing a range of exciting educational facilities not found anywhere else in the islands. This is a project for everyone in Orkney.
A vision of Orkney’s creative community for well over a decade, the Hub will also provide opportunities for those outwith the County, lending support to the remote economy and extending the tourist season.