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Highland Culture Collective


The Culture Collective is a national pilot programme which will establish a network of creative practitioners, organisations and communities, working together to create a positive difference locally and nationally in response to COVID-19.

In February 2021, Creative Scotland distributed £5.9m to 26 lead organisations across Scotland to collaboratively develop ways of responding to the impacts of the ongoing pandemic.

The Culture Collective will focus on community engaged creative activity, supporting participatory approaches and projects where creative practitioners and communities work collaboratively. A key element of this will be proactively responding to the impact of COVID-19, providing employment opportunities for creative practitioners and actively engaging people in shaping the future cultural life of their community.

Working collectively is central to the programme at a local and national level. Each of the supported organisations and creative practitioners will be required to collaborate with communities locally but also to work together as a national collective. With the support of a central coordinator (Culture Collective Programme Lead, Kathryn Welch) who will oversee the programme, this includes the ongoing sharing of progress; attendance at national meetings and events; and participation in an evaluation of the pilot.

Highland Culture Collective

Fèis Rois is the administrative lead for the Highland Culture Collective, meaning that Fèis Rois has been awarded £300,000 by Creative Scotland. Fèis Rois views itself as an equal partner in this collaborative project, which also includes Highland Third Sector Interface, Eden Court, Highland Print Studio, Lyth Arts Centre and North Lands Creative.

Working together, this group of organisations will offer 6 new full-time jobs in the Highlands.

Highland Culture Collective will respond to the impact of the pandemic on the environment and on the following communities of people:

  • People impacted by the pandemic, including, for example, older people, their families and carers.
  • Women, children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
  • Those affected by the justice system, including offenders, those at risk of offending, and those with a family member in prison.
  • Gaelic learners who have struggled with language acquisition over the past year, e.g. children and young people who attend GME but who do not have Gaelic at home.

The Opportunities

Highland Culture Collective is looking to recruit a Project Manager and 5 Artists in Residence to work full-time for a period of 15-months from 01 July 2021 to 30 September 2022.

Job Descriptions

Please see the three separate documents outlining the job descriptions and employment conditions for the following roles available:

These documents also explain how to apply for these opportunities.

Recruitment Schedule

Monday 3rd May: Applications Open

Thursday 13th May, 7pm: Online Q&A 1

Monday 24th May, 12pm: Online Q&A 2

Monday 31st May, 5pm: Deadline for applications

Thursday 3rd June: All applicants advised as to whether or not they have been selected for an interview

Monday 7th to Friday 11th June: All interviews take place and applicants notified of the outcome of their interview within 24-hours

Week of 14th June: All applicants receive feedback

Thursday 1st July: Proposed start date with 2 days together on 1st and 2nd July with everyone in the new Highland Culture Collective team and consortium partners


If you would like to find out more about the job opportunities available through the Highland Culture Collective, come along to one of two webinars with Fiona Dalgetty, Chief Executive of Fèis Rois and other members of the Highland Culture Collective where they will talk about the project and answer any questions you might have. These will be held on
Thursday 13th May, 7pm & Monday 24th May, 12pm

Please note – booking for the Q&As has now closed. If you registered, you will receive an email shortly before the event.

You can also email Fiona, in confidence, to arrange an informal chat:


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