Community Voices:
Memories and Stories of Island People

Curious Pilgrims is inviting people based in Shetland or with strong connections to the isles, and of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, to share life experiences during the challenging pandemic period. First-hand narratives of people, their lives, stories and perceptions are a powerful way of portraying what social effects have been brought about in the past months, and this participatory arts project is designed to preserve a moment in time during an exceptional event in recent history. 

Social restrictions have affected people in different ways and we are aware that there are cases in which people might not have felt or experienced the support within a community environment. One example is newcomers to Shetland who found themselves isolated because their move to here coincided with the lockdown in March 2020. We would like to hear from them too.

We are particularly interested in receiving short video recordings (using mobile phones as recording devices, filming in landscape mode!) as means of sharing thoughts and experiences. We are also looking for contributions through any creative strands, such as writings, photography, drawing, spoken word or any combination of these expressive art forms. All creative contributions will be shared online with the wider community through a short docu-film that will be released at the beginning of next year. 


Participation in this project is free of charge but limited places are available. Scroll down to enrol, or send an email, complete the contact form or contact us through our social media platforms (on Facebook or Instagram).

Deadline for submission of creative contributions is the 30th October 2021. We look forward to hearing from you!

Age: 6+

Project participants are encouraged to engage with Community Voices in response to one or more of the following:


What losses and gains have you experienced and felt the most?

Remoteness, rurality, isolation, loneliness, community, resilience. How do any or all of these words resonate with you in light of your life experience during the pandemic period?

Do you have a memory that is particularly related to the pandemic period?

Enrol here!

  • Community Voices
    Open call
    Submission deadline: 30 Oct 21
    Open call
    Submission deadline: 30 Oct 21

Community Voices is an arts project funded by The Princes of Wales's Charitable Fund and supported by Shetland Arts. 

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