Orkney Arts Forum

Pier Arts Centre

Pier Arts Centre

Orkney Arts Forum is a group of arts and cultural specialists, art form representatives and key stakeholders from the public and voluntary sectors who together play an important role in influencing arts and culture within Orkney. Since its inception in 2003 the Forum has operated as an un-constituted group which supports the work of the Arts Development Service within Orkney Islands Council. More than a decade on, the Forum continues to act as an important space for knowledge sharing, and as a platform for advocacy and local decision making.

Orkney Arts Forum has the following priority functions:

  • To support the strategic development of the arts in Orkney
  • To act as the advisory and consultation body for Orkney’s Arts Development Service
  • To support community development and sustainability  
  • To raise awareness of the benefits of arts and culture arts in Orkney

Members of Orkney Arts Forum

Art form representatives:

  • Architecture, design and new media Craft
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Visual arts
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Storytelling
  • Young People


  • Creative Scotland
  • George Mackay Brown Fellowship
  • Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • Orkney Arts Society
  • Orkney Crafts Association
  • Orkney College – University of the Highlands & Islands
  • Orkney Folk Festival
  • Orkney Islands Council
  • Pier Arts Centre
  • Scottish Community Drama Association (SCDA) - Orkney
  • St Magnus International Festival The Pickaquoy Centre
  • Orkney Tourism Group
  • Voluntary Action Orkney