Looking back on 2021

a letter from director karen philLips

Looking back through 2021 and also our poignant milestone of 25 years of our boundary-pushing organisation over the last two and a half decades. North Lands Creative has raised the game for the glass community, welcoming and supporting artists and inviting the best of the best from the international world.



2021 was a year where we increasingly witnessed the important role artists and their work had to play as we look to them to provide inspirational ways for us all to articulate our hopes, fears and aspirations. As we reimagine our organisation’s place in the glass community and celebrate the International Year of Glass we are excited about what 2022 will bring, the sense of community and unity will be more important than ever. Our important work will open up different ways of seeing the world and provide us with new and vital perspectives, and North Lands Creative aims to be not only a home for outstanding glass making but a valued local community resource that contributes to Caithness thriving cultural life.


We are immensely grateful to the thousands of artists who have made the past 25 years at North Lands Creative such a joy, and to the team whose hard work and dedication knows no bounds. We would like to thank all our friends and the wider community for their support particularly over the last 12 months and we will embody this generous spirit as we aim to play the fullest possible part in shaping our collective future. 


As 2022 rings in new hope, we move into the next phase of North Lands Creative development. We will continue to seize opportunities for our world class programme to represent us overseas and to shape our national identity at home.

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and prosperous new year. 


Karen Phillips

Director, North Lands Creative

Photo (above): Drift Knockinnon by Angus Mackay

Photo: Latheron Church by Angus Mackay

holiday closure

23.12.21 - 05.01.22

Wishing you all a happy and restful festive season ahead.

It is with great anticipation that we look forward to welcoming you back to North Lands Creative in 2022.

North Lands Creative will be close on the 23rd December and re-open on the 5th of January 2022.