The Art of Inverness – Highland City’s Creative Community

Across the ages artists have headed to the Highlands in search of inspiration – with many of them spending time in the city of Inverness.

So it should come as no surprise that the City in the Highlands is home to vibrant and active artistic scene – with contemporary and traditional creatives coming together to shape the artistic identity of our city.

Inverness offers an exciting array of art galleries and creative initiatives – making it a great place to come to seek out art and artistic inspiration.

Art Galleries in Inverness

Hung gallery Inverness

Spaces such as Hung in the city centre offer ever changing exhibitions of local artists and artisans as well as offering an exciting space for those looking to connect with the local creative community.

The recently refurbished gallery combines show space with a friendly tea room and even artists’ studios, and often hosts events designed to fire the artistic imagination – such as speedcrafting with cocktails allowing guests to try their hand at creating in a fun social setting.

The nearby Castle Gallery also offers a great selection of original pieces, with friendly staff on hand to answer questions and queries.

An alternative destination for viewing artworks or gathering Highland inspiration for future initiatives is the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, which hosts a wide range of exhibits, effortlessly combining local flavour with exciting outside influencers for a great visitor experience.

Public Art in the Heart of the Highlands

But you don’t have to head for a gallery to get a little bit of art in Inverness – thanks to initiatives such as by Inverness Old Town Art, an organisation dedicated to engaging the public and brining contemporary art to the Highlands of Scotland, the city’s streets are alive with exciting art and installations.

See the stunning streetscaping in Church St, where former IOTA lead artist Matt Baker’s Three Virtues rise from the pavements to provoke thought and discussion amongst passers-by, or watch out for the works created in the Transart project – stunning spray painted vehicles that can sometimes be spotted cruising the city’s streets.

Artists paint vehicles during the IOTA Transart project in Inverness

Alternatively head to the city’s top arts venue at Eden court, where the galleries play host to a variety of artists and media throughout the year – usually with free access.

In the summer months, look out for exciting pop ups such as the Crochte space which enjoyed a summer residency in the city’s Eastgate Centre or the planned Bellahung exhibition at the nearby Belladrum tartan heart festival.

Really, wherever you go in or around Inverness, you are never far from an exciting, inspiring artistic experience – any one of which could change not only the way your view our city, but the way you interpret the wider world.

  • Do you have a favourite spot for art in Inverness that we’ve not included? Know about an exciting upcoming art initiative? Use our Facebook page or tweet us on  @InvernessCityUK  using #ArtInverness to tell us about it so we can feature it here in the future.
This entry was posted in Art Inverness, Shop Inverness and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.