Developing the North's Creative Spirit
North Highland Connections aims. . .
To increase accessibility and equity of opportunity by providing a diverse year-round programme of cultural activities in venues across the North Highlands.
To develop a physical infrastructure to stimulate and support the creative industries by developing building hubs generating sustainable programmes of creative and cultural activities
To develop the skills base and opportunities for young people in creative industries by offering participation in a varied programme of educational and vocational activities to students in the Highland schools and colleges
To develop practical creative links and exchanges with Scandinavian partner countries by developing a programme of cultural exchanges with the group of Scandinavian countries working with NHC as the North Highland Nordic Cultural Centre
NHC FUNDING !
Creative Scotland has recently awarded North Highland Connections a development grant of up to £100,000. This is specifically to allow NHC to further develop its plans for an ambitious project which will create three world-class cultural hubs in the region. The grant will allow further work to be done on developing business plans which can ensure sustainability in the years ahead.
The plans for a residential creative centre in the historic girnal at Ham have long been in the public domain. It is planned that the regeneration of the building will be undertaken by the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. A significant grant towards the work has been awarded by Historic Scotland, but more will be needed in order to allow the work to get underway. The building, in its inspiring setting, will be a place of creativity, used both by the local community and by some of the 23 partner organizations developed by NHC. Plans are rapidly developing for work in conjunction with the University of the Highlands & Islands, as well as with the five Nordic countries with which NHC has developed partnerships.
The hopes for the other two hubs include a performance centre and a world-class visual arts centre. As this ambitious vision continues to develop there will be a good deal of community engagement to ensure that the local communities of the North Highlands are fully engaged in the process. The Creative Scotland award will enable this to get underway over the next six months.
New Online Access
Thank you for visiting the new North Highland Connections website. Browse it to find out more about us, our events, our projects, and our strategy for the future.
We had a thrilling concert in Tain, given by the Hebrides Ensemble on 16th November; a remarkable and memorable evening! We have posted pictures on our EVENTS page.
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