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Arts / Good news for Gaada as funders reaffirm support

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LOCAL arts organisation Gaada says it is “excited and relieved” to have secured core funding for the financial year.

The money, from Creative Scotland and Shetland Charitable Trust, will mean Gaada can continue its inclusive creative work and community-focused visual art programme.

Creative Scotland has awarded £93,436, while £43,900 is coming from the charitable trust.

Gaada’s work for this new year will continue to focus on removing barriers to accessing creative development for a wide variety of folk in Shetland through regular subsidised activities.

This includes one-to-one workshops, peer group, workshop bursaries, public and private workshops, publishing projects and its display exhibition programme.

Each year, Gaada also creates fair pay opportunities for individuals and groups to develop cultural commissions and meaningful local resources.

The funding also provides a further year of stable, fair pay to Gaada’s art workers.

This security is said to be an essential part of Gaada’s developing capacity and ensures the organisation can continue working towards a sustainable and more inclusive visual art culture in Shetland and beyond.

Gaada will also continue to develop the provision of Shetland’s only specialist visual art making facilities through its Burra Isle workshop.

The arts organisation said it would like to send a “massive thank you to our funders and everyone who has supported the organisation to date – whether that be by attending a workshop, buying a zine, or simply telling a friend about the work we do”.