Members of the public are being given the chance to learn more about the Orkney Creative Hub project at a special open day this weekend.

The team behind the project is looking to raise £1 million by April to buy and adapt the former Ortak workshop and visitor centre in Kirkwall to create a central site for artists, designers and crafters of all ages and abilities, from within and outwith Orkney.

Led by Orkney Crafts Association, Orkney Arts and Crafts and the not-for-profit art shop, For Arts Sake, 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 Orkney Creative Hub open day will take place at the former Ortak building in Kirkwall, on Saturday (21 February). The open day will run between 10am and 2pm, with representatives of the three partner organisations on hand to explain the vision for the Hub project and answer any questions.

A fundraising campaign for the project was launched last week, with people in Orkney asked to sponsor a square foot of the Ortak building for £10, with the aim of raising around £250,000 by April. Should the project not go ahead, all donations made will be returned or, if preferred, given to charity.

Project lead, Jan Judge, said: “The initial response to our plans has been very encouraging, with donations coming in steadily. It’s an ambitious target we’ve set, but there’s clearly a desire within Orkney to see this important community project come to fruition. We’re very keen to keep everyone informed on how the hub plans are progressing and share our vision for the Ortak building. We’d therefore urge anyone who’d like to find out more about the initiative to come along to the open day on Saturday.”

Donations to the project can be made on the Orkney Creative Hub website at www.orkneycreativehub.org.uk. There are also options to become project members, without any financial obligation.

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