Visiting artists can apply to go and stay at The Booth for a month at a time and applications are welcomed from artists working across all disciplines.

In some cases artists staying at The Booth have been able to access other facilities on the island such as printmaking, ceramics and textile facilities.

The building consists of a combined ‘clean’ working area and living space which is located on the upper level and a stone-walled basement for more ‘dirty’ work. The living accomodation has a fully fitted kitchen, washing machine/tumble dryer and a bathroom with a fully accessible shower. There is a bed space located above the kitchen/bathroom, the sofa also opens up into a double bed and towels and bedlinen are provided.



Bookings for The Booth run for one month at a time. Please state your preferred month(s) in your application and we will try to accommodate this.

The monthly rent for The Booth is £675 plus a deposit of £100 which is refunded after your stay pending a property inspection. The rent includes all utilities.

To apply, please provide the below information to

  • An artist’s statement
  • A statement of how you plan to spend your time in Shetland and The Booth
  • An up to date artistic CV
  • 6 images of most recent artwork

For more information contact Lois on the email address above or on 0141 553 5890.


The Shetland Islands are the most northerly part of the United Kingdom and are located 150 miles north of the Scottish mainland. They are made up of 15 islands which are home to 24,000 people. The islands have an ancient history, stunning landscape, close links with Scandinavia and a unique culture with a long tradition of music and craftmaking.

Scalloway is the ancient capital of Shetland and is located on the west side of the Shetland mainland. It is a picturesque village which is home to 1000 people and is also a working village with a large pier which is used by fishing boats and other vessels.

being a wasps tenant

With over 40 years worth of expertise, we are the UK’s largest provider of affordable studio space for artists and creative industries.

Tenants of the Wasps community receive the following benefits:

  • Affordable studio prices with no hidden costs – utilities and Wifi are all inclusive in artist studios (rates apply for creative offices)
  • Building security – all our buildings are either owned or on long term rentals
  • 24/7 secure access all year round
  • Part of our community of almost 1,000 artists and creatives in our 20 buildings across Scotland
  • Exhibiting and selling opportunities through our Arts & Enterprise programme including:
    • Exhibitions – over 50% of artists exhibited in our gallery programmes are tenants
    • Makers Markets
    • South Block shop
    • Open Studios
    • Art Fairs
  • Ability to join our Own Art scheme
  • Support and expertise from Wasps’ staff team
  • Promotion on our website with an artist profile

accessibility & getting here


There are steps leading to the building and visitors with disabilities may require some assistance.


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getting here

The Booth Shetland is reached by a 12 hour boat journey from Aberdeen, ferries from Scandinavia or by air with flights to Sumburgh Airport on the Southern tip on the Shetland Mainland. Scalloway is located on the west side of Shetland about 5 miles from the main town of Lerwick. The Booth itself is easily located on the waterfront of Scalloway Harbour.

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