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Opening in Inverness - the art of the Eastgate Shopping Centre

By Neil MacPhail

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Closure flashback bit shop has bright future.
Closure flashback bit shop has bright future.

AN Inverness artist is opening a gallery and creative hub in the Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Louise Innes is moving into the former Argos shop and will open on Saturday (Sep 11) as One of a Kind.

The studio will showcase artworks and items that have been made by herself and other local artists, artisans and makers.

The working art studio will have a retail area and dedicated art gallery.

Mrs Innes said: “It is so difficult for local artists to exhibit, share and sell their work in this area, so part of the unit will be shared with many amazing local artists, to exhibit and sell their superb artworks.

“It will also give the public an ever-changing art gallery to visit. I have signed up some local schools and community groups to use the space to promote their art and learn how to apply to an art gallery to exhibit, how to choose their work, and to learn the skills of putting on an exhibition and promoting it.”

She added: “I can’t wait to share this community project with everyone and welcome them into the unique space. I couldn’t have achieved my dream of opening up a studio for myself and local artists without the continued encouragement and support from Jackie Cuddy, Eastgate Centre manager, and her team who have always supported me in my many ventures over the years.”

Ms Cuddy said: “We are delighted to have this gallery space for people to enjoy, discover and explore the arts.

“I am very aware of the wealth of artists in the region, and it has taken a while to bring the idea to fruition, but Eastgate is an ideal and logical place to showcase these talents.

"Eastgate has a very good relationship with Louise, which started with her doing face painting in the malls for us. Therefore, there was no doubt that it was a great fit for her to head the initial eight-month project and to provide this showcase opportunity for not only herself, but also for all other local artists.”

The hub opens Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm.

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