QUESTIONS FOR ALL ARTISTS
do I enjoy producing my artwork? do I need to sell it? do I need to increase my income?
If you answer "YES" to all three then you'll find forthcoming
seminars most beneficial. A Two Day course in Wick.
Seminars supported by CASE to help artists build your confidence,
set fees, cost and price work, market and promote, design your brochure,
form workable agreements, understand copyright and help you to maintain a
"Horizon" Art And Craft Work Exhibition Now Running At St Fergus Gallery
Wick - Until 26 March 2005
All the art and craft work in the exhibition currently running in the St
Fergus gallery is by people based in or connected with Caithness.
Much of it is for sale and several works have already been purchased.
The work is of an extremely high standard and the sheer variety will leave
you in no doubt about the quality being produced in Caithness these days.
The organisers had a very difficult set of choices to make as much had to
be left out of this exhibition due to lack of space. Take a look
while it lasts until 26 March.
Caithness Cultural Trust Ceilidh
Mackays Hotel 4 February
A new group for arts and crafts people - discussion, ideas, promotion.
The Emperor's New Kilt - 4,6,7,8 December 2004
on Hans Christian Anderson's wonderful story of The Emperor's New Clothes.
Wee Stories present the Emperor's New Kilt, a festive musical comedy for all the
family. The story takes place on the
extraordinary island of Kiltie, an island that lies far out on the horizon in
the North of Scotland, an island that only clever people can see. Kiltie is ruled by a very
powerful man, and the entire island and everything on it is his empire (even the
sheep and the wool on their backs): so he is the emperor, but because this is
Scotland, everyone calls him the Laird!
22 October 04
Voluntary Sector Input Study
Here's a chance for you to make a real difference to
Caithness. The Cultural Commission is looking for information from
voluntary sector groups about the challenges they face and their
developmental needs. Please take a few minutes to fill in the form to tell
your group. It doesn't matter if there's more than one submission per
group, so please do it today. Don't forget to mention the real challenges
we face in Caithness because The Highland Council channels funding into
Lack of venue provision in Caithness is directly caused by this.
Geographical disadvantage on a national level is worth mentioning, too.
Caithness Arts will be making a separate submission and your entry will
support this. This is your opportunity to tell the Scottish Executive if
you are unhappy with the service the cultural community of Caithness is
receiving from The Highland Council. You might not get another chance, so
act today! Thanks for supporting the Arts in Caithness,
The Cultural Commission is very keen that groups from throughout the
cultural sector are included in this study, from all aspects of culture,
of all sizes and from all geographic areas. We would be grateful if you
could complete the enclosed survey, it asks for information about your
group and also about challenges and development needs.
11 October 04
'AB Alec Broon' -
Caithness Artist Shelagh Swanson At St
Fergus Gallery Until 30 October
Swanson takes the visitor to the gallery on
a trip down memory lane recreating
friendship in the artefacts from a shed full
of joiners tools and other material where
she used to visit as a child. With glimpses
of activities passed down from her childhood
she fondly remembers the brother and sister
who used to play cards with her. An
exhibition full of bold colour and energy.
2 October 04
Grants For Arts Events
But You Better Be Quick To Apply Deadline 1 November 2004
The Highland Council has, last Thursday, agreed a new scheme to put
additional funding towards local promotions, arts events and festivals for
the period March 2005 to February 2006
27 September 04
Calling All Budding Playwrights
EVOLVE could help you develop your playwriting skills. If you are an
aspiring writer or have just started building your career as a playwright,
EVOLVE would help you to hone your skills and cultivate your voice. Over
several months the Playwrights’ Studio would provide you with focused
script development with support from a director. You would receive advice
and training to help you write a new play. You need to be over 18 to
enter the competition to gain a place on the FREE course
7 - 28 August 2004
Faith Exhibition At St Fergus Gallery,
divergent paths in the development of Scottish Art in the 19th and 20th
centuries which reflect different attitudes towards national identity and
belief. Works by John Duncan, James Drummond, Wiliam Gear, will
MacLean and Ian Howard. Pictures from the City Arts Centre,
16 July 04
Three One Act Comedies Monday 26 July 2004 7.00pm
Wick Players Ready For Laughs At Assembly Rooms, Wick
"Best Warm Beer in Brooklyn" was runner up in the
Scottish final Festival recently. It has not been staged in Wick before
and the cast have postponed their holidays to perform it for their Wick
supporters. It will also give our visitors a flavour of the standards of
the club. The other two plays are comedies set in Caithness with
some local dialect. "Blackmail" is an old favourite but has not been seen
for about 20 years. "That Old Black Magic" is a black comedy about
the dire doings of a money lender from Miller Avenue and two 'ladies' who
get the better of him.
Tickets £6 concs £5 from
7 July 04
John Corbett Memorial Bird Hide & Art Gallery
At St John's Loch
Unique visitors' attraction opens in Caithness
For people who enjoy art and bird-watching, Caithness now has a unique
venue which manages to combine both interests in one beautiful setting.
Visitors can now see a range of original works and high quality prints by
local wildlife and landscape artist Julian Smith at his exhibition on the
north shores of St. John's Loch. Following the highly successful 'Artsmith'
show in May 2004 the gallery space is now open at selected times from July
31 May 04
Vision of Caithness
An Arts Development Study of Caithness
Council commissioned this Arts Development Study for Caithness through a
steering committee in September 2002. This is the most comprehensive
and up to date look at the arts in Caithness showing what is already on
the ground and looking at what might be possible. A report was
presented to the Caithness Area Committee of Highland Council in Wick on
Monday 31 May. The printed version is 91 pages and all of it is reproduced
here. A summary is included if you want a quick overview.
Take a look and you might be surprised at the range of activities already
in the county.
2004 At Lyth Arts Centre
Three dramatic productions
in June featuring the work of both local drama students at North
highland College in "From A Flagstone Floor" and two touring companies.
The touring companies bring different styles and perspectives in "The
Memory Of Water" and "Bedazzled". Later in June Lyth welcomes a
another distinctive Jazz night with Daryl Johnson and Friends.
Lyth Arts Centre got back into performances with the re-opening of the
refurbished and extended premises in May. Head out for a relaxing
evening with a glass of wine or cup of coffee before the show.
Only 90 seats so don't leave it too late to book at the theater tucked
away in the Caithness countryside.
26 May 04
Coast – North Highland College co-production
on tour in Caithness and Sutherland
Four young Caithnessians, coming to the
end of their first year as drama students at
North Highland College in Thurso, will take
to the road this weekend as their new play,
From A Flagstone Floor, begins a
week-long tour of theatre, hotels and
village halls around Caithness and
Sutherland. Helen Mackay, Jacqueline
Barclay, Iain MacDonald and Calum Greig
wrote the play and will be performing it for
communities across the north under the
banner of the Thurso-based Grey Coast
Theatre. The unique co-production
between college and theatre company opens
this Saturday night, 29 May 2004, at Britannia
Hall in Dunnet, where the action is set.
See page for other performance dates and
19 May 04
Joanne B Kaar - Artist At Dunnet
Joanne B Kaar is a renowned artist
based at Dunnet Head, on the north coast of Caithness. This ever-changing coastal
landscape provides a constant source of inspiration for her papermaking,
bookbinding and collages which are highly acclaimed. As well as frequent exhibitions
across Scotland and beyond, Joanne runs regular workshops for all age
groups and abilities across the country and is often commissioned by
schools and community groups to help them create inspirational
environments. Always eager to share her expertise and skills, Joanne’s
books on papermaking and bookbinding have been published by the Guild of
Check her web site at
27 April 04
Lyth Arts Centre Is
After two years of building work there are now loads of new
features. there's an extended car park, a new entrance, reception
and cloakrooms. The much-loved studio theatre/gallery is unchanged
except that the new one enters via a wide doorway leading from the
spacious new foyer complete with a veranda.
much improved for performers as well, with a new backstage and changing
rooms and a separate luxurious accommodation annex. New stage
lighting, a sound system and a stage piano will arrive over the next few
months in time for the official relaunch in July for which details will
be announced shortly.
25 March 04
Scenes From "Camster
On Friday 26th March 2004 at 7.30 pm in The Drama Studio in the Ormlie
Industrial Estate, Thurso, the students from the Higher National
Certificate Drama Course at North Highland College will present scenes
from the play “Camster” by Caithness writer George Gunn.
The evenings performance is to mark the students’ completion of their work
with George Gunn, who is the Artistic Director of Thurso based Grey Coast
Theatre Company, and also one of the Drama Course tutors.
Over the past six months the students have studied how to write for the
theatre and presented the results of their work at “Playfest”, a highly
successful evening in January when the students own plays were given a
moved reading before an enthusiastic audience.
The performance of scenes from “Camster” is to highlight the students work
on preparing a play for the stage.
“It’s all very well writing or reading a play,” says George Gunn, “but it
is vital to the students development as actors that they learn how to go
about translating the words on the page to the actions on the stage. They
have worked extremely hard over a short period, only since February, and I
would urge anyone interested in the health of theatre in the north to come
and see some of the potential stars of the future.”
“Camster” was toured around Scotland, to great critical acclaim, by Grey
Coast in 1997 and featured the Wick actress Meg Fraser, who is now with
the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Admission to the event is free.
“The Best Fed People in Creation”
An Illustrated Talk on the Past and Present of St. Kilda
Through Poetry and Prose (in English)
By Donald S. Murray
Poet, teacher and writer from Benbecula
A fund-raising event open to the public, in support of important local
Friday, 2 April 2004, Dunbeath Heritage Centre 7:30 p.m. Admission: £2
Getting Ready For "Wedding Belles" By Wick
Players On 1 April
ladies were trying out the dresses at Wick Old Parish church as they
prepared for "Wedding Belles" the latest production by Wick Players.
With many wedding dresses and bridesmaids outfits as well as other
clothes for the production the wardrobe department is gearing up for
a busy night. The production will be performed in the church
itself lending an appropriate backdrop for this fundraising
production aimed at boosting the coffers and raise money for the new
premises recently purchased by Wick Players. Dresses have been
loaned for the production and includes the wedding dress of the late
Lady Jessamine Harmsworth.
Highlands & Islands Could Be
At Forefront Of New Arts Movment Says Rob Gibson MSP
and Islands could be at the forefront of a new arts movement’
according to Highlands and Islands MSP Rob Gibson.
The SNP MSP comments come in the wake of a system 3 poll carried out
by The Herald newspaper that shows that 31% of the people believe
that Scottish Traditional Music should receive more funding than any
other type of performing art in Scotland excluding the theatre.
Mr Gibson (who ran the Highland Traditional Music Festival in
Dingwall for 20 years) said -
"This poll is a real fillip to the Highlands and Islands as it
supports what we’ve been doing up here for years, and if the
funding agencies heed this poll then the sky’s the limit. The Feisean movement has produced many successful acts and individuals
musicians while receiving modest funding, it is exciting to think
what could happen if there was real investment in it and other such
He went onto add -
"t was uplifting to be at the opening concert at Celtic Connection.
Donald Shaw’s Harvest used the best of Traditional Musicians from
Scotland young and old Many of which came from the Highlands.
History has shown that the North has always had a fine art’s
tradition stretching from Gaelic Bards to Cliar. This tradition of
invention and adaptation is alive and kicking and is ready to lead
Scotland into a confident new dawn."
Drama Groups Gearing Up For
The SCDA Caithness District Festival will be held on 27 and 28
February 2004 at 7.30 pm. Each evening there will be one play
produced by Thurso Players and one by Wick Players. Tickets
are £5 for Adults and £4 for Concessions and can be purchased at
Poltney News, 31 Dempster Street, Wick or McBeaths the Jewellers, 6
Traill Street, Thurso.
The Youth Festival will be held on 8 March 2004 at 7 pm. The 2 plays
will be produced by 2 Junior members of Thurso Players. Tickets can
again be bought from Poltney News and McBeaths the Jewellers, and
the cost for Adults is £5 and for concessions (school) £4.
For more information on either festival, please telephone Danny
McLean (Chairman) on 01847 892716, or Janette Peddie (Treasurer) on
11 January 04
Poetry and Music
Scotia Review presented Harvest
- debut of new blues/rock band and Fiona MacInnes - Orcadian Poet.
Supporting performers included poetry from George Gunn director of
Grey Coast Theatre, Johnny MacLeod, poet,
6 January 04
Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2004
A writing competition with
money prizes has been announced by Education Culture and Sport department
of Highland Council.
Arts Officer Tom Bryan will co-ordinate the competition and all entries
should be sent to him by post or email. Potential entrants should read
the rules carefully. Primary and Secondary school children from Highland
only may enter. Adults resident anywhere in Scotland of any nationality
are eligible to enter and they may be in Scotland residing , studying or
Cinderella - Pantomime by Thurso
10 - 13 December Thurso High School
Matinee 2.00pm on the Saturday
Exhibition Of Etchings by Kitty Watt
Seaview Hotel, john O'Groats 15 & 16 November 2003