5 Reasons to help us #IlluminateHighlands


Celebrate a moment in Highland history 

125 years of Highland history are built into the fabric of Inverness Creative Academy; it has served as three different educational institutions, inspiring generations of young people. Former pupils include some the area’s best known cultural figures, past and present, such as writer Josephine Tey, artist Will Maclean, and forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black, while Donnie Munro, former singer of Runrig, was a teacher at the school. By donating to the appeal, you will be helping Wasps return the much-loved Midmills Buildings back to the forefront of cultural life, learning, and creative opportunity in the Highlands – and opening its incredible central hall it to the general public for the very first time.


Illuminate the local arts community

The restored assembly hall, its grandeur and presence heightened by the lighting, will be a place of creative assembly, a much-needed venue for local artists to come together, exhibit, and sell their work. Opportunities will be available both to artists with a studio in the building, and those working outside of the Wasps network; to established names, and to emerging talent. It will be a place for everyone to celebrate art and culture in the Highlands. By supporting the campaign, you will be helping to keep local talent in the area, showcasing their work to new audiences, and establishing the Highlands as a vibrant creative destination.


Share this inspirational asset

The specially designed globe lighting, suspended at different heights from the former assembly hall’s atrium ceiling, will create a dramatic focus point, drawing people into the beautiful space, whose Victorian interior, complete with original parquet flooring and decorative ironwork, is one of the best in the Highlands. By donating to our campaign, you will be helping to light up the spectacular assembly hall and transform it into a welcoming public space, where everyone can meet and find inspiration.


Receive a beautiful reward that celebrates the building and its artist tenants 

There are already 40 professional artists working from studios within the completed phase of Inverness Creative Academy. These artists have helped design and create some stunning campaign rewards, showcasing their own artistic style while paying tribute to the history and architecture of the building. Rewards include a unique Martin Irish abstract on an original piece of reclaimed wood from the 1895 Midmills buildings; limited edition mini-print set of six artworks from Wasps tenants Clare Blois, Izzy Thomson, Evija Laivina, Jacqueline Briggs, John Nicholson, and Dot Walker; or exclusive Catherine Carr 'Shine A Light' glass piece and personal workshop.


Support Scotland’s largest creative network 

Wasps believes that art has the power to inspire and transform lives. Our 20 studio buildings, stretching from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, are home to around 1,000 artists – who together represent Scotland’s largest creative community. Wasps’ studios support artists at all stages of their careers, from recent art school graduates to Turner Prize winners. By joining us to make the completion of Inverness Creative Academy a reality, you’ll become part of the Wasps community, sharing and supporting our mission to provide the space and opportunity to enable creatives and communities to prosper.

We are delighted with the support we have received so far, thank you. You can help Wasps to light up this show-stopping building by sharing these reasons to donate.

Every single donation puts us closer to making Inverness Creative Academy a reality. Thank you for your ongoing support!

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