Changescapes of Recovery Art, Writing, Music & Craft Competition

The Institution for Northern Studies is involved in the research project 'Changescapes of Recovery' - looking at how people and organisations have reacted to the pandemic. As part of this, we are interested in how people in Orkney have reacted creatively to the situation. We are organising a competition to showcase some of the best artistic creations of the past year, whether that be in arts, crafts, painting, drawing or music. All entries will be in our online museum.

To enter the competition, please show us something you have created since the start of the pandemic. It could be:

A painting or drawing

A poem or other piece of writing (maximum 5000 words)

A tune or song (maximum five minutes)

A craft

To enter, please send an email to Please include your name, a contact address and evidence of your creation: A photograph of your picture or craftwork, the text of your piece of writing, or a recording (or link to a recording) of your tune or song. All entries will be showcased on the Institute for Northern Studies website and the winning entries will feature in The Orcadian. The winner will receive £100. Second place will receive £75, and third place will receive £50.

By entering the competition you are consenting to have your work featured on the INS website, the Changescapes of Recovery research report and The Orcadian. The copyright and all rights to the work remain yours. The competition is open to Orkney residents of all ages. By entering, you’ll be helping us to better understand how the community has coped with a very difficult year.

The closing date for entries is Friday 28 May and the winners will be announced the following week. Good luck!