INVERNESS CREATIVE ACADEMY
During 2019 - 2021 Circus Artspace was located within Wasps' Inverness Creative Academy, at the former Midmills Campus. Wasps is the UK’s largest provider of creative workspace and Inverness Creative Academy is their first major creative hub in the Highlands. The Circus collective worked in partnership with Wasps as part of their Arts Enterprise programme, to gain free access to the fantastic Gym Hall space. Many of us have been studio holders and we wanted to help make the Inverness Creative Academy the vibrant heart of the visual arts scene in Highlands.
Audrey Carlin, Wasps Chief Executive said;
'Working with Circus Artspace provides a really exciting opportunity to showcase contemporary art which is an integral part of the cultural scene in the Highlands. We are really looking forward to developing new audiences and opportunities for artists within the Inverness Creative Academy project. It will also be fantastic to invite the public inside the building to see contemporary artworks within the beautifully refurbished gym hall space.'
Wasps stands for Workshop and Artists’ Studio Provision Scotland Ltd. It was established in 1977. The ethos behind Wasps is that while art can enrich communities and society by inspiring, educating, entertaining and transforming people’s lives, many artists and arts organisations with the talent and ability to achieve this often struggle to work and fulfil their potential because their low incomes make workplace rents prohibitive. Wasps was therefore set up to provide good quality, affordable studio space to enable artists and creative bodies to carry out their work.
Wasps studios are all across Scotland - and as far apart as Shetland and Kirkcudbright. In recent years the Scotland-wide organisation has been transformed from a small charity into one of the most successful bodies of its type in Britain, supporting 900 artists, 25 arts charities and 33 creative businesses at 19 locations. In 2014 it was named Scottish Social Enterprise of the Year. It is highly unusual because it is self-financing in its day-to-day operations, normally only seeking loans or grants for capital projects.
For more info see www.waspsstudios.org.uk