Visual Arts Sutherland (VASu) was formed in 2004 to provide a platform for networking, skill-sharing and the collective promotion of art work within Sutherland and beyond. During its existence, VASu staged two exhibitions of members work at Timespan: a summer exhibition in 2006, a VASuvius in summer 2007.
Membership included both fine artists and craftspeople with the association committed to promoting excellence and innovation in all areas of the visual arts whilst also encouraging greater enjoyment of and participation in the visual arts within the wider population. Open Studios Trails an outreach education programme for Primary Schools in Sutherland furthered these aims.
Work by members of VASu was pivotal to the early development of what is now Artlands North and many VASu members are now profiled on the platform.