Published: 12/10/2017 13:00 - Updated: 12/10/2017 10:04

New arts fund will honour Eden Court boss

Written byVal Sweeney


Colin Marr
Colin Marr is credited with transforming Eden Court into Scotland's largest multi-arts venue.

A FUND to further the outreach work of Eden Court Theatre in Inverness has been set up in tribute to outgoing chief executive Colin Marr.

An anonymous donation of £10,000 has kick-started the Marr Fund and the theatre’s board is now seeking further donations.

All the money raised will go towards ensuring arts are accessible to people across the Highlands.

Mr Marr, who ran the theatre and cinema for 20 years, will begin a new job as theatre director at the Edinburgh Playhouse next week.

Jane Gill, chairwoman of the Eden Court Board, said the aim of the new fund was to continue Mr Marr’s vision in making a difference to communities across the region.

"He has played a major part in the development of the arts in the Highlands, ensuring Eden Court has touched all of our lives and transforming Eden Court from a failing theatre into Scotland’s largest multi-arts venue," she said.

"We would like to celebrate and honour Colin’s achievements and the legacy he leaves.

"Eden Court Creative is now the largest provider of creative learning in the UK and is the achievement Colin is proudest of. 

"Establishing a fund in his name highlights his contribution to the Highlands and ensures his passion to make the arts accessible for all has the opportunity to flourish."

The theatre’s Creative programme currently enables more than 110,000 people of all ages and abilities to take part in life-enhancing activities and events at the theatre as well as in schools and community venues.

The board is looking for donations, large and small, from businesses and organisations as well as individuals and families.

A donation of £300, for example, will pay for a term of drama in one of the region’s most remote schools while £400 provides a specialist tutor for integrated dance classes.

A £2000 donation will give 20 young carers a break with a three-day film-making project and £5000 can fund a whole term of inspiring classes in movement and drama for groups of people who have access problems.

The process of finding Mr Marr’s replacement  is continuing.

The closing date for would-be contenders to submit applications was last week although nobody was available at the theatre to indicate the level of interest.

International producer Mike Griffiths has been appointed interim chief executive until a permanent replacement is appointed.

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