A hive of creativity in the heart of the Highlands
Between 2018 and 2021, Wasps is transforming two Category-B Listed buildings to create Inverness Creative Academy – the Highlands’ first major creative hub.
In Jan 2018 Wasps acquired the Category B Listed Victorian ‘Midmills’ buildings in the centre of Inverness – vacant since 2015. Dating from 1895 and 1913, originally Inverness Royal Academy and latterly Inverness College, these are two of the most important historic buildings in the City - socially and architecturally.
The project is being delivered in two phases. Phase 1, the ‘artists and makers’ wing was completed in November 2018. Phase 2 will provide the ‘creative industries’ wing, which we aim to deliver by Summer 2020.
Phase 1 - 'artists and makers' wing:
The completed first phase of the building brought the 1913 Arts & Science Extension back into use as the ‘artists and makers’ wing, providing 32 artist’s studios, a community run traditional darkroom, a designated workshop space for classes, and an events/exhibition space in the old gym. This building is now 85% let to over 30 Highlands based artists and creatives.
“Inverness badly needed this creative space, and it couldn’t be better placed here at the Midmills building. My early art college years were spent in this building…it‘s great to see that it retains a lot of its original features and character.” - Sharon Scobbie, artist tenant at Inverness Creative Academy
Phase 2 - 'creative industries' wing:
We are currently fundraising for Phase 2 which will restore the original 1895 Academy building. This stage will complete Wasps’ vision to deliver a vibrant creative destination to serve the whole of the Highlands.
Phase 2 will provide:
• 54 workspaces for creative industries and cultural social enterprises including long term office space
• Flexible co-working spaces for 26 creatives
• Public exhibition, events and workshop spaces on two levels overlooking the hall
• Fully accessible meeting rooms and facilities for hire
• Public café within the restored, double height, former Assembly Hall
If you're interested in finding out more about Inverness Creative Academy, applying for a studio, or registering your interest for a space in Phase 2, please go to invernesscreativeacademy.org.uk