Inverness Creative Academy is delighted to introduce, Wasps Pathways, a new accredited training programme for young people aged 12 – 17 years old from 8th May to 10th July 2021.

Wasps Pathways is an opportunity to undertake the Bronze Arts Award: Level 1 Award in the Arts in person with local artists Cat Meighan, Rachael Forbes and Sadie Stoddart. This widely recognised and highly esteemed award equips young people with tangible and transferable skills to support school level learning, boost their CV and provide positive steps towards a future in the arts. With the tutors you will explore the theme of ‘Journey’, taking direct reference from your own surroundings and experiences and interpret these in a variety of experimental mediums including printmaking, collage, drawing and painting. During this course you will learn a range of art forms and techniques, gain experience reflecting on your creative work, develop research skills by looking into the work of contemporary artists, gain confidence sharing skills with others and experiencing different art forms. 

Upon successful completion of the Bronze Level Arts Award you will be issued with a certificate evidencing that you have achieved a recognised qualification from Trinity College London. All being well, your work will also be exhibited along with all course participants in the Inverness Creative Academy Gym Hall space later in the year.


The Pathways training course takes place over 10 Saturdays from the 8th May to the 10th July 2021, from 9am – 1pm, totalling 40 hours of tuition. There is also an additional 2 hours to complete every week between sessions totalling 60 hours of qualification time over the 10 week period.

Who is it for?
This course is perfect for young people aged 12-17 years old who are keen to expand their experience in creative activities, possibly to add into a visual art portfolio for going onto further study or to gain greater understanding of studying in the creative arts.

You will: 

  • Try out different visual art techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and photography. 
  • Participate in group discussions about art work, artists and creative experiences.
  • Take part in sharing activities and passing on knowledge and skills.
  • Keep a digital record of your activities both in class and as tasks set for homework.

Apply online now: the subsidised fee for the course of 10 workshops is £150 and includes all materials and your final certificate from Trinity College London. Due to social distancing there are only 12 spaces available on the course which will be held in Inverness Creative Academy’s workshop space.

Places are now fully booked – we will hold a waiting list for any cancellations

*Cancellations – Wasps are able to reimburse the fee in full if we receive a cancellation before Monday 3rd May. We will manage a waiting list and hope that any cancelled place can be re-allocated. Please email

Covid-19 Safety: Wasps take the safety of participants and our tenants seriously. All workshop participants will be required to wear a mask and use our Track and Trace system at Inverness Creative Academy. We will make sure that workspaces are socially distanced, in a well ventilated and clean workshop space. There will be access to hand sanitiser as well as materials and tools provided for each individual so that there is no cross contamination. Please do not attend workshops if you are feeling unwell.

This series of workshops have been risk assessed and are delivered inline with the Scottish Government’s Community Learning & Development Guidance for under 18s on recognised accredited courses. If Government advice changes and further restrictions are required, this course will be delivered online.

Your facilitators:

Cat Meighan is a visual artist, teacher and socially engaged creative practitioner. She has over ten years’ experience in facilitating group art activities, working in communities, schools and colleges/universities. A founding member of Circus Artspace, she has a passion for the promotion of contemporary arts in the Highlands and supporting sustainable creative practice through networking and training opportunities.

Rachael Forbes is a visual and textile artist who has enjoyed years working with children, young people and adults facilitating arts practice within community spaces, arts and heritage organisations and college/universities. She is passionate about supporting a positive and inclusive engagement with the arts and employing the arts as a catalyst for social cohesion and change. 

Sadie Stoddart is a recent Fine Art graduate from Inverness who is undergoing a traineeship with the Arts Award team. Since graduating Sadie has facilitated a number of workshops for young people and is passionate about finding inclusive ways of encouraging people to engage with art. Throughout her traineeship Sadie will be shadowing the team, helping them to facilitate the programme and leading on elements in order to engage with the participants.

For all enquiries please contact, Kirsten Body – Heritage Activity Officer

This project is subsidised as part of our heritage activity programme supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

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