What we do

We’re proud to be Scotland’s largest combined arts organisation. We present and make work with, by and for the people of the Highlands and Islands and those who visit us.

We have three connected buildings on the banks of the River Ness that collectively span three centuries. We first opened in 1976 and then closed in 2004 for a £25m extension and refurbishment. 

When we re-opened in 2007 we became one of approximately 50 post-war buildings in Scotland given Category A listed status – this means our building is really special – we agree, come and see for yourself, someone will be happy to show you around.

At our home in Inverness we have two beautiful theatres: The Empire – 869 seats, The One Touch – 275 seats, two multi-purpose studios, two cinemas and three art galleries. We also have lots of permanent public art, inside and outside our building. We don’t just present and make work inside our building. 

We do it outside - in summer we hold our annual Under Canvas music festival. In 2022 15,000 peope attended over 42 days of live music.  

We do it across the Highlands -  in communities, in schools and across our incredibly beautiful natural environment.

We’re really proud to be for, and of, the Highlands. The Highland spirit runs through our organisation in many ways from the local produce we use in our restaurant, our Gaelic and Traditional Arts programme on our stages, but perhaps most importantly; through our welcome.

Everything we do will come from a place somewhere between our commercial head and our charitable heart. That’s because we have to balance our finances with artistic risk and our charitable purposes. We rely on donations and grants from individuals, trusts and businesses who believe in us and share our values.

In addition to the spaces where we showcase art we also have a shop, bars and a restaurant.

You’re all welcome. Join in.

With your support, we can continue bringing arts to the Highlands.

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