Media release: Eden Court comment on Creative Scotland funding announcement


WE are pleased that Creative Scotland has continued their support for Eden Court in the new Regular Funding cycle announced today (read more: here) and for their recognition of us as a vital centre for culture, entertainment and creative learning in the Highlands.

We are, however, concerned to receive a cut of 28 per cent in this round of funding and this will inevitably mean we need to review our activities and operations here in the Highlands.

Interim chief executive, Mike Griffiths, said: “We are obviously disappointed that Creative Scotland hasn’t been able to continue with our funding at 2017 levels. Over recent years, Eden Court has worked hard to reduce our reliance on public funding and continue to deliver a diverse and exciting range work to our audiences from across the Highlands and Scotland.”

James Mackenzie-Blackman, Eden Court’s new CEO, takes up post on 12 February.

Following his arrival, he will meet with Creative Scotland to agree a programme of activity for the forthcoming funding period and work with them to ensure Eden Court is a resilient and sustainable arts organisation serving the audiences, artists and communities of the Highlands.


For more information contact marketing manager, Teresa Bendoris

Notes to editors:

Eden Court is a registered charity and is the largest multi-arts venue in Scotland housing two theatres, two cinemas, two dance studios and conference and meeting spaces. It presents around 450 live performances and 2000 film screening every year as well as almost 60 classes a week. This activity attracts an audience of over 300,000 people every year.

In this year of young people, our creative arts team continue to support the dreams and aspirations of young people across the highlands of Scotland.

Eden Court runs what is recognised to be the largest creative learning programme of any UK theatre.

Eden Court CREATIVE Arts Workers live and work in ten different areas covering the whole of the Highlands of Scotland, from Nairn to Skye, from Lochaber to Caithness.

They specialise in making drama, dance and digital media activities accessible to both children and adults in the Highlands. Eden Court CREATIVE also employs two Additional Support Needs specialists, making the Arts as accessible as possible for the entire community.

Eden Court is the only theatre in Scotland to offer Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) courses in Drama and Dance. These are extracurricular courses, which offer pupils from across Highland the opportunity to study at Eden Court for an SQA Higher Dance, Drama or National 5 exams. Aside from Eden Court, there is only one school in the Highlands where pupils can sit SQA Higher Drama exams.

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Phone: 01463239841