Mareel in Lerwick has been nominated for Venue of the Year at this year’s Scots Trad Music Awards.
Managed by Shetland Arts, the UK’s most northerly music, cinema and creative industries centre provides a year-round programme of live music, film, education and other performance events.
The shortlists were drawn from hundreds of public nominations by a panel of music industry experts, who also help choose the winners, along with the results of an online vote held over the next few weeks.
Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons said: “In Mareel’s first year of operations we had over 100 ticketed events in the main auditorium, and the whole project has been going really well.
“It’s also great to be welcoming a nominee for Best Instrumentalist of the Year, Chris Stout, to Mareel, nominated for Venue of the Year and shortlisted for Best Building in Scotland, this week for what’s sure to be an unforgettable live performance.”
Stout is playing a concert on Thursday evening with Finlay MacDonald and Ross Martin, showcasing pieces from their new album The Cauld Wind, which was also recorded at the studio in Mareel.
Mareel was also shortlisted for the Andrew Doolan Prize for the Best Building in Scotland, by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). The winner of that prize is due to be announced on Thursday.
Mr Gibbons said: “I’d like to thank the Shetland Arts team who worked tirelessly to get Mareel up and running. It’s a testament to their effort, commitment, and dedication that we’ve been nominated for Venue of the Year in our first year of operations.
“We’d also like to thank everyone who nominated Mareel, and ask that you please continue to support us with your votes.”
Public voting is now open at www.scotstradmusicawards.com.