Are you looking to get more involved in your local community? Are you passionate about creativity in Shetland or wanting to gain experience working with a national arts organisation? If so, volunteering with Shetland Arts could be for you!

Volunteers are integral to the work that Shetland Arts does. From our board of trustees to the various roles at all levels of our organisation, volunteers can change our way of thinking and challenge our perceptions and processes. They offer a wealth of experience, passion and enthusiasm for the arts by getting involved in what we do.

Shetland Arts has a tradition of volunteering: many of our staff came to be working in the arts as volunteers in some way or another, and our board of trustees, which provides strategic overview and governance of the work we do, is made up of volunteers.

Along with being part of exciting cultural events across Shetland, our volunteers can use the experience to develop their professional and interpersonal skills while meeting lots of new people. If you’re aged between 16-25 you can also log your volunteering hours as part of the Saltire Awards scheme.

We’re really excited to be offering three new volunteering roles across our organisation to enhance and support the delivery of our creative output across Shetland. We’re on the lookout for:

Events Volunteers: provide support on our rural tours, off-site exhibition invigilation and annual festivals including Folk Frenzy and Screenplay Film Festival, gaining valuable front of house experience.

Artist Liaison Volunteers: provide the first point of contact for visiting artists to Shetland, greeting them at transport terminals and transporting them to their destination and helping out when required backstage. Access to a vehicle and a valid UK driver’s licence is necessary for this role.

Workshop Volunteers: provide support to artist facilitators and participants during our programme of creative workshops, developing your organisational and creative skills.

We’d love to to hear from you if you’re interested in volunteering with any of these roles. Please see below for full Volunteer Role Descriptions.

To apply please fill out the below application form and email to: with the subject title ‘Volunteer Application’. Please include two references.

We're also looking for Storytelling Volunteers to read at our new Storytime for under 5s sessions each Thursday at 10.30am. Get in touch with us at if you'd like to know more.


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