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.

We are open again and can’t wait to welcome you back!

This is the first phase of our reopening, so for now, our studio will provide service-only hire to facilitate our members resuming to access for other bookings by the end of the year.

Our Quatre Bras Gallery will remain closed and there is no general public access to any of our buildings until the second phase planned for early 2021. Please make an appointment before visiting our studio or office.

Amongst all the enthusiasm, the safety of visitors, staff and membership holders continues to be our top priority. We’re using this first phase of reopening as a time to provide a calm, safe and welcoming space and the introduction of new guidelines advised by the Scottish Government.

  • Additional cleaning will be implemented, physical distancing and mandatory mask wearing expected.
  • Sessions will need to be pre-booked and there may be restrictions on the number of slots available or the lengths of time available.
  • Public activities and programming will gradually return. Please keep up to date by joining our mailing list or reading our notices and opportunity call outs on our website and social media.

We’ve also made some changes to our buildings, all new protocols will be explained at time of booking and when you visit.

If you wish to get in touch please call 01593 721229 or email

Thank you for your patience and understanding, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Glass Lives Week 19-26th November 2020

Join us between 19 and 26 November for the annual edition of Glass Lives Week, a series of commissioned films, podcasts and artist interviews celebrating glass artists in the UK, Europe and those further a field who are connected to European Glass. The Glass Lives Week full line up will be released on the 5 November 2020.  Glass Lives is co-funded by the Creative Europe program of the European Union and Creative Scotland.

Find out more and get involved HERE

Our new exhibition Glass Lives Local opens on the 19th November and can be viewed from the street view at the studio featuring the work of Christopher Day, Hannah Gibson, Jessamy Kelly, Choi Keeryong, Pinkie Maclure and Moulaye Niang.

Call Out : Glass, Meet the Future 2021

Following on from the success of “GLASS, MEET THE FUTURE 2020” in July 2020 online at North Lands Creative, we are pleased to announce that we will proceed with Glass, Meet the Future in 2021. This Film Festival will take place both online and live at the Toyama Glass Art Museum in Japan.

Applications are now open, find out more and apply HERE 

We’re still here, and we’d welcome your support!

For nearly 25 years North Lands Creative, housed in the small village of Lybster in Scotland’s beautiful Caithness coast, has been one of the world’s leading centres for artistic glass and creativity.

Read a message from Ian Giles, Chair of North Lands Creative Here 

Temporary Closure

North Lands Creative campus is slowly re-opening, with reduced hours, and new protocols in place. Whilst the campus remains closed to the public please contact us for an appointment before coming to the studio or office.

We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused to our loyal studio users, artists, members and audiences. We trust you understand that this situation is out of our control. We will keep you updated as the situation progresses via social media and our website.

Due to the new circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the government guidelines, we are updating the status of North Lands Creative 2020 projects and studio activities. Click here to read our Bulletin Here for further information and updates or get in touch with us at

We look forward to welcoming you back to North Lands Creative soon!

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