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Inverness creative hub celebrates successful first year

By Jess Fulton

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Some of the creative academy's main players.
Some of the creative academy's main players.

Inverness Creative Academy has welcomed more than 30,000 visitors to its exhibitions and artist spaces during its first 12 months.

Since it was officially opened, the centre – operated by Wasps (Workshop and Artists Studio Provision Scotland) – has hosted 21 art exhibitions and its 32 studios for resident artists are fully occupied.

Most recently, 53 office and flexible working spaces were completed, and 10 vacant units remain for lease.

Inverness Creative Academy is based at the former Inverness Royal Academy building, which underwent a £6 million refurbishment over four years.

Audrey Carlin, chief executive officer at Wasps, said: “Delivering Inverness Creative Academy to the community has been an honour.

"I would like to thank all the supporters for their time and generosity, without which we would not have been able to deliver this stunning facility for Inverness and the surrounding area.

“The success of Inverness Creative Academy in its first full year of operations as a complete facility, since its official opening in May last year, has exceeded our expectations, and it is a positive indicator that not only is the cultural hub needed in the Highlands, but that the community has taken this multi-purpose centre to its collective heart.”

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