Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic


North Lands Creative is closed in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic to the public.

Due to the new circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the government guidelines, we are updating the status of North Lands Creative 2020 project and studio activities.

Unfortunately our 2020 programme will not go ahead as planned, this decision was not taken lightly. We have spent the past month listening and reviewing, however, in light of present circumstances it was unavoidable. Our visitors, participants and staff health must and always will come first.

We are working hard to mitigate the impact of this decision on our artists and participants. We are committing to refunding all participant class fees, as well as refunding Glass Nexus Forum tickets purchased. We are also offering participants who have already paid the alternative of rolling their registration forward to 2021. 

Financially this has not been straightforward – as a small charity we rely on public funding and donations our thanks in particular here go out to our funding partners and supporters, without whose long-term commitment to North Lands Creative none of this would have been possible. 

If you would like to help, there is also a variety of options on our website to donate to support glass artists and the work of North Lands Creative to continue to build a stronger glass community for a future generation of artists. We would ask at this difficult time for people to also consider taking out a membership.  Donations go towards maintaining the studio facilities and help us pay our freelance artists, technicians and contractors who will be adversely affected by this closure. Please know that we will continue to be here for you and will do everything we can to support you in the weeks and months ahead.

It may seem unthinkable that we may be closed for sometime, but due to government recommendations our campus in Lybster will be closed until further notice.

But stay positive we are planning on how to welcome you back and celebrate our 25th Anniversary together in 2021. In the weeks and months ahead we will have lots of exciting news to share with you. 

We are constantly reviewing the situation in order to safeguard our participants, audiences, and staff. We face an unprecedented situation that is constantly evolving and we will be communicating any changes to arrangements via email, on social media and on our website as they occur. Our most recent programme updates bulletin can be viewed here.

In the meantime, look after each other and stay safe. Thank you for your understanding.

Karen Phillips


North Lands Creative

How to contact us

A small core team of staff are currently working from home with access to all emails and enquiries. It may take us a little longer than usual to respond to your email, so please bear with us at this time.

To ensure your email goes to the most appropriate member of staff, please consult the bullet points below. If you have an enquiry about:

Bookings, memberships, credits, refunds or donations  – 

Programme and project enquiries inc. classes, AiR and Glass Nexus Forum –

Events, marketing and communications –

General enquiries –

North Lands Creative

North Lands Creative is a unique studio organisation and gallery in Lybster, Caithness. Our focus is on contemporary glass and we have a national importance in developing glass in the UK. Through the Alastair Pilkington Studio and Gallery, North Lands Creative facilitates and supports professional artists to make new artwork. It also offers a highly visible and accessible programme of talks, events and education activities around the studio and gallery that engages visitors with artists and art-making.


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