On Saturday 31 August, Inverness Creative Academy – housed in The Midmills Buildings – welcomed over 100 visitors through the doors as part of Doors Open Day Festival.
The Midmills Buildings are iconic landmarks in the Inverness cityscape. Wasps is transforming these two beautiful B-listed Victorian school buildings into the largest creative facility for artists, creative industries, cultural social enterprises and the community in the Scottish Highlands.
Phase 1, in the restored 1913 Arts & Science Extension, is complete and now home to 36 visual artists and makers based in the Highlands, and 3 creative learning organisations. Visitors enjoyed a tour around this stunning building, including some Open Studios. Phase 1 currently houses frequent and varied exhibitions in the refurbished gym hall and a mixed workshop and events programme in the smaller creative spaces.
Wasps staff, plus two excellent ex-pupils – who told their stories of going to school in the buildings – hosted tours of both buildings, while public spaces were open for general access throughout the day.
Phase 2 will provide: 54 workspaces for creative industries and cultural social enterprises including long term office space; flexible co-working spaces for 26 creatives; public exhibition, events and workshop spaces; fully accessible meeting rooms and a public café within the restored, double height, former Assembly Hall.