Arts, Crafts and Photography

Orkney has long been associated with its varied and bustling creative scene - no wonder, with such inspirational surroundings. Fortunately, a number of local artists will be sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise throughout the Nature Festival. Check out the details below.


Pottery with The Harray Potter

Date: Monday 14th May

Time: Drop in anytime between 10am - 6pm

Location: Fursbreck Pottery, Harray, KW17 2JR

Organiser: The Harray Potter

Contact Details: 01856 771419; info@orkneypottery.co.uk

Booking required: No

Cost: £5

Age range: All ages welcome

Visit the Fursbreck Pottery and see how Orkney's very own "Harray Potter" works his magic. Andrew Appleby has many years of experience designing beautiful ceramics, including crockery, jewellery and more. 

You'll also be given a pound of clay with which to design and build your own creation. Whether you want to decorate it with your favourite wildlife or anything else, you'll have plenty of inspiration in the beautiful Orcadian parish of Harray. 

Andrew will generously be donating all proceeds from the event to RSPB Scotland and the John Rae Society. He will be also be happy to finish and fire any completed pieces, before posting them out. Please note, this will require an additional cost.



Date: Tuesday 15th May

Time: 2pm - 5pm

Location: Orkney Creative Hub, Hatston, KW15 1RH

Organiser: Afrayed Knot

Contact details: 01856 850176; orkney@rspb.org.uk

Booking required: Yes

Cost: £25

Age range: All ages welcome

How many uses can you think of for an old rope? 

Stromness-based craftsman Mark Cook uses his creative skills to turn what some see as litter, into elegant designs that are both attractive and useful: from doorstops and table mats to a whole range of stunning decorations. Come along to this workshop, where you will gain the skills and materials needed to build your own designs.

Not only that, but you will also get that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with doing your bit for the natural world. Litter dumped in our seas can cause all sorts of damage to the environment. By making use of these discarded materials, you will be helping to maintain the beautiful landscapes that are home to so much wildlife.

Normally £50, this special Nature Festival price includes all tools and materials to make your own unique souvenirs.


Photography Workshop

Date: Wednesday 16th May

Time: 1pm

Location: Birsay Bay car park

Organiser: Charles Tait Photographic

Contact details: 01856 850176; orkney@rspb.org.uk

Booking required: Yes

Cost: Free

Age range: All ages welcome

Whether you are looking for some photography tips or you want to see wildlife from a whole new angle, this workshop could be just what you need. Renowned writer and photographer Charles Tait will be sharing his expertise and highlighting the breathtaking scenery around Birsay Bay.

The session starts at 1pm from the car park by the beach. Low tide will be at approximately 5pm, so cliff-sides, rock pools and seascapes will open up before your very eyes, unveiling a remarkable natural world. Weather-permitting, Charles is happy to stay as long as you need.

The ground can be slippery and the weather variable, so suitable clothing and footwear is recommended. If you have a camera suitable for wildlife and landscapes, please bring it along.

Places are limited, so call 01856 850176 or email orkney@rspb.org.uk to book.


Sand Art

Date: Sunday 20th May

Time: 10am - 12pm

Location: RSPB Orkney Office, 12-14 North End Road, Stromness, KW16 3AG

Organiser: Sand Art Orkney

Contact details: 01856 850176; orkney@rspb.org.uk

Booking required: No

Cost: £2.50

Age range: All ages welcome

With all of the scenic beaches and talented artists in Orkney, it makes perfect sense use sand as an artistic material - and that's exactly what the people of Sand Art Orkney do. 

You'll be amazed at the range and detail of images you can create with their colourful, sparkling sand. And as this is the Nature Festival, they will be showing children how to make their own animal designs, including otters, seals, birds and more. 

The session will start at 10am and visitors are welcome to drop in at any point up until 12pm. All materials are eco-friendly and non-toxic. And most importantly, all activities are great fun!

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