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Creativity in full flow at GAADA's first risograph printmaking workshop earlier this month.
Creativity in full flow at a Gaada risograph printmaking workshop in 2018.

LOCAL arts organisation Gaada is celebrating after securing more than £90,000 in funding from Creative Scotland to support its 2021/22 programme.

It said the programme aims to “generate meaningful creative outcomes and lasting local resources by extending the safe space of Gaada’s visual art workshop, out into the Shetland landscape”.

The programme for the forthcoming year will see Burra based Gaada continue to focus on developing new local resources which “create space and fosters inclusivity for underrepresented voices within Shetland’s visual culture”.

Taking into account existing support from Shetland Charitable Trust, this combined funding is providing stability of regular and fair pay for Gaada’s art workers.

More details on the wide-ranging work undertaken by Gaada can be found here.


TWO more cases of Covid have been confirmed in Shetland.

It comes after ten were recorded in Wednesday’s update.


THE BLUEMULL Sound ferries are running to a shuttle service today (Thursday) due to crewing issues on the Geira.

The 3.50pm run to Fetlar has been cancelled. More information can be found on the Blumull Sound voicebank on 01595 743971.


THE TOWN Hall will fly the Shetland Samaritans flag on Friday to recognise a national campaign highlighting that the charity is there to listen 24/7.

It is to mark the Samaritans’ national Talk To Us campaign in July.


A PROGRAMME to tackle fuel poverty and improve energy efficiency will receive an extra £9 million of funding this year.

The Scottish Government’s Area Based Scheme (ABS) programme will provide over £64 million in 2021/22 – up from £55 million the year before – to enable every local authority in Scotland to deliver energy efficiency measures to fuel poor households and communities.

The work forms part of a £1.6 billion investment over the next five years to transform the heat and energy efficiency of buildings.


ADENIA skipper George Anderson has been appointed as the new chairman of Lerwick Port Authority.

He takes over from Ronnie Gair, who has retired from the board after nearly 20 years.

Earlier this month, three appointments were made – existing members John Henderson and Steven Hutton, as well as new member Ella Hunt. All will serve a three-year term to July 2024.