Creative Scotland announced on Thursday January 25th that An Lanntair, as the major arts centre and creative hub for Lewis and Harris, will receive £1.21m funding from its Regular Funding Programme for 2018-2021. 

The award, which is believed to match the amount provided for the 2015-18 period, recognises the significance and diversity of An Lanntair's performing arts, cinema, exhibitions and music programme.

An Lanntair's Chief Executive, Elly Fletcher, said: "This is fabulous news.  The team and I are delighted that Creative Scotland has recognised the importance of An Lanntair as a centre and hub for the arts, locally and nationally, and has made this crucial investment in our future.

"This award belongs to each and every staff and board member who has worked so hard to achieve this recognition, every audience member who has engaged with and supported our programme, and all the incredible, talented artists out there who continuously create, produce and challenge us all through their work.  The next three years are going to be quite something and I, for one, cannot wait!”

"Audiences can expect to see An Lanntair continue to grow its many world-class festivals and events, such as its annual Book Festival, Faclan, and its Between Islands project, celebrating and sharing cultural and heritage connections between artists across Shetland, Orkney and the Outer Hebrides.

With new funding, the organisation will also embed its role as a go-to support space for new and emerging artists and creative businesses, offering structured programmes of mentoring and opportunities for creative practitioners to develop their practice, share and network amongst each other, and create opportunities for showcasing the work of Hebridean artists far and wide. 

A major Gaelic project announced the same week will see two new world-class Gaelic music commissions produced and premiered at An Lanntair in winter 2018 to commemorate the centenary of the Iolaire disaster. 

An Lanntair’s Year of Young People take-over festival, ‘Las!/Ignite!’, is set to create an unprecedented opportunity for young people to find their feet and explore real careers in the creative industries here on Lewis in their arts centre: 

David Green, An Lanntair’s Chairman, said:  “The award of regular funding for the next three years is fantastic news for An Lanntair, especially when funding for the arts in Scotland  is under such pressure.

"Creative Scotland has shown faith in us, based on our achievements to date and the commitments we made in our application and business plan. Our brilliant team of staff will justify that faith, and An Lanntair will grow and flourish as never before.”