Can you help Wasps to install statement feature lighting in the heart of Inverness Creative Academy? Help us light up the show-stopping space and shine a light on great art in the highlands for generations to come. Donate today and get a great reward from local Highlands artists. Go to the Art Happens #IlluminateHighlands campaign and give this new creative community the grand entrance it deserves.


“This project is one of the most important developments in Inverness just now: it is preserving and enhancing a valuable heritage building (the fate of which would otherwise have been highly uncertain); it is creating a vibrant arts hub and creative community that is already making an important contribution to the cultural life of the city; and it will make a significant improvement to our civic environment, attractiveness and economic diversity. In short, it is fast becoming a major new community asset for Inverness and the wider Highlands it serves.” – David Henderson, Rotary Club of Inverness, August 2020

PHASE 1 of Inverness Creative Academy was completed in November 2018. This phase brought the 1913 Arts and Science Extension back into use as the ‘artist and makers’ wing of our project. The first tenants moved into their studios in December 2018.

PHASE 2 requires capital investment of £3.5m for repair and general improvement works to bring the buildings into a condition and standard to meet the aims of the project and provide the spaces required.

This phase will restore the 1895 Academy building, one of the finest listed buildings in Inverness, completing the ‘creative industries’ wing of the project and restoring the grand assembly hall into an inspiring public space. This stage will complete Wasps’ vision to deliver a vibrant creative destination to serve the whole of the Highlands. Phase 2 went on site in January 2020 and we have secured most of the money to complete our Midmills transformation.

We are fundraising for the final £500,000 we need to complete our project in 2021.

Get involved!

Wasps’ revenue covers our core costs and enables us to provide artists and makers with workspaces at rents which they can afford. However, we are dependent on funding and donations to enable all of our capital developments in the first instance. Donations to Inverness Creative Academy will help us to complete Phase 2, support creative talent in the Highlands and invest in the future of Inverness’ built heritage and creative economy.

If you would like to find out more about supporting the transformation of Midmills, please contact Claire English, Wasps Funding and Partnerships Manager on 0141 553 5890 or email

There are a number of options to acknowledge your support within the development. You can also donate securely with PayPal Giving Fund using the button below:

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We would like to say a huge thank you to all the supporters of Inverness Creative Academy so far.

Phase 1

The Architectural Heritage Fund
The Highland Council
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Inverness City Heritage Trust
McCarthy & Stone
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Scottish Government

Phase 2

The Architectural Heritage Fund
Creative Scotland
The Dalrymple Donaldson Fund
The Foyle Foundation
The Garfield Weston Foundation
The Gordon & Ena Baxter Foundation
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Historic Environment Scotland
The Hugh Fraser Foundation
Inverness Common Good Fund
The National Lottery Heritage Fund
The Pilgrim Trust
SSE Sustainable Development Fund
The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation UK
The Town Centre Fund
The Turtleton Trust

Plus private donors who wish to remain anonymous