Creative engagement with the Seas of the Outer Hebrides project

This February Creative Carbon Scotland will travel to the Outer Hebrides in the North West of Scotland to support a series of workshops seeking community input into the development of the first ever marine conservation plan for the region.

Last year we partnered up with the Seas of the Outer Hebrides project to support the inclusion of a creative approach to engaging communities in the Outer Hebrides. This was to establish what’s important to residents about their seas and how Marine Protected Areas could help to deliver benefits for people and nature. We’re happy to be joining the team again in the next round of events taking place across Lewis, Harris, North and South Uist and Barra.

Seas of the Outer Hebrides

The Seas of the Outer Hebrides project is working directly with communities and marine users to identify the best way to manage Marine Protected Areas in the region for the benefit of people and nature.

Over the coming years the project will deliver a regional management plan for the Outer Hebrides Marine Region, putting communities and people at the heart of the process and building consensus on the future management of Marine Protected Areas in the islands.

A key aim of the project is to build a shared vision for Marine Protected Areas in the region. Creative Carbon Scotland is proud to be supporting this by involving artists and creative practices to help explore the cultural dimension of resident’s relationship to their seas.

Upcoming events

In these upcoming events we’re pleased to be working with artists, Kirsty O’Connor (North Uist) and Sandra Kennedy (Lewis), who are supporting the design and delivery of the workshops alongside the Seas of the Outer Hebrides team combining different visual arts methods with group discussions and mapping activities during the events.

Events schedule

  • South Uist – Talla Chidhe, Lochboisdale – Friday 7th February
  • Barra – Castlebay College – Saturday 8th February
  • North Uist – Lochmaddy Village Hall – Monday 10th February
  • Harris – Leverburgh Village Hall – Monday 10th February
  • Uig, Lewis – Uig Community Centre – Tuesday 11th February
  • Stornoway, Lewis – An Lanntair – Wednesday 12th February

These events are aimed primarily at island residents but if you have any questions or would like to find out more about Creative Carbon Scotland’s involvement in the project please contact  You can learn more about the Seas of the Outer Hebrides on the project website. 

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Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.

We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.

Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:

Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.

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