The Orkney Creative Hub (OCH) is a central site for arts in Orkney. We provide creative education, development and enterprise opportunities for all ages and abilities. We offer regular workshops, studio spaces, bookable event spaces, exhibitions, volunteering, and have an arts supply shop located at Number 25 on Bridge Street Kirkwall.
OCH came together over 5 years ago as a collaboration between Orkney Crafts Association (OCA), Orkney Arts and Crafts (OAC) and the not-for-profit art shop, For Arts Sake (FAS), the project has been set up as a Community Interest Company, ensuring its assets will stay within the community. Any profits from the initiative will be distributed to local charities. The 4 representatives from these groups have become the founding directors of Orkney Creative Hub: Heather Croy, OCA, Sandra Rodwell and Clive Horton (OAC) and Jan Judge (FAS)
Orkney has a long established creative heritage and it is the OCH vision that the Hub will provide a central focus in the islands to offer established artists and makers the opportunity to promote their work. It will also be a place where the community can access the resources needed to develop their individual creativity, and will give support and mentoring to anyone wishing to turn their talent into a business.
The Hub’s outreach programme will support artists and makers in the outer isles and bring exhibitions to the wider Orkney community. In addition, the Hub – which is included in the local authority’s development plan -will provide supported volunteering and employment opportunities for those less able to join the workplace, along with a wide variety of new creative experiences.
Inclusivity is very much the ethos of the project, with the space housing a range of exciting educational facilities not found anywhere else in the islands. This is a project for everyone in Orkney. A vision of Orkney’s creative community for well over a decade, the Hub will provide opportunities for those outwith the County, lending support to the remote economy and extending the tourist season.