Students are all set to have a creative space of their own thanks to a partnership between the public and private sector.
Inverness College UHI has moved into artist studio space within Inverness Creative Academy to provide collaborative opportunities for students.
The space is for students studying art programmes at Inverness College and it is hoped will enable greater community and industry partnerships.
Run by Wasps, Inverness Creative Academy opened in November in Inverness College’s former campus. It is the Highland regions first major creative hub, creating a space for artists, makers and creative industries.
Circus Artspace facilitated the first workshop yesterday.
The one day professional practice workshop in exhibition installation, collaborative planning and curation involved students from Inverness, Perth and those from Moray College.
Sharon MacFarlane, head of creative arts at Inverness College UHI, said: “We are delighted to have signed this deal with Wasps, which presents exciting opportunities not only for Inverness College staff and students, who will have access to professional artist studio space to work from during their studies, but also the wider university partnership by providing space for more creative collaborations.
“In addition, we will be holding classes there for our own art students, providing them with access to an inspiring, creative environment and networking opportunities to engage with artists working in the Highlands, including our alumni, and help them identify potential career paths. It will give us space in the city centre to exhibit student works, which is important.”
The college also intends to use the space to strengthen links with industry and run community workshops from next year.