Media release: Lyth Arts Centre receives £65,000 National Lottery funds

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LEADING Caithness arts organisation, Lyth Arts Centre, has received new funding from The National Lottery through Creative Scotland to present a year-long programme of cultural events and activities for all ages throughout 2020.

Highlights include a special concert by Shooglenifty, a programme of new Scottish films and documentaries including Down the Rabbit Hole by award-winning Highland photographer James Roddie and a fantastic line-up for children, families and schools, including the return of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company and the hugely popular Puppet Animation Festival.

The funding will also support an ongoing talent development programme run by the Centre that enables young people, professional artists and participants to engage with the arts.  Current opportunities include Freelance Fridays when the Centre throws its doors open to local freelancers and creatives for a day of communal working; a platform for performers and artists to share work ahead of a main performance; up to 100 hours of rehearsal space being provided to selected local performers and artists over the course of the year; creative residencies; workshops and professional development opportunities provided by internationally renowned artists and companies; and Caithness Young Company, which offers free to access in-depth training for aspiring performers, directors, technicians and writers in professional theatre.

Charlotte Mountford, co-director of Lyth Arts Centre, said: “This valuable support will help Lyth Arts Centre continue to grow our audiences and develop the programme by offering a year-round roster of creative activities for people across Caithness and North Sutherland.

“Public engagement is key to everything we do at Lyth Arts Centre and this support allows us to make our programme diverse and accessible from delivering a brochure to every home in the county, to taking performances and workshops into schools, nurseries and village halls.”

Creative Scotland’s Sabrina Leruste said: “As a leading creative hub – locally, nationally and internationally – Lyth Arts Centre offers an ambitious and high quality programme, with a remarkable number of activities with potential to engage wide audiences across Caithness and further afield.

“With a programme of activity, which clearly places audiences at the heart of everything the Centre does, it is exciting to see Lyth Arts Centre develop their strong artistic and residency programmes and professional development activity. as well as bringing together innovative.”

A full list of projects and activity awarded through the Open Project Fund in this latest round, is available here. In this round, over 40 creative projects and activities taking place across Scotland have received more than £927,000 of National Lottery Funding through Creative Scotland.

Notes for editors:

To find out more about Lyth Arts Centre visit:

To find out more about the talent development programme visit:

Open Project Funding is available to a wide range of organisations and individuals working across Scotland in the arts and creative industries. It supports a broad spectrum of activity including creative and professional development, research and development, production, small capital requirements, touring and collaborations, festivals, arts programming, audience development, etc. Support is available for projects of different scale and duration with the maximum period of award being set at two years. Awards are made in the range £1,000 to £100,000 (or up to £150,000 by exception). Application guidance and forms can be found here.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. Further information at Follow us @creativescots and

Over £583m National Lottery funding has been awarded across Scotland’s arts, screen and creative industries over the last 25 years. Nearly 16,000 individuals, projects and organisations have benefitted from this enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life. To find out more, visit

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Image credit: Lyth Arts Centre Family Fest 2019. Photographer credit: Calvin Wilson

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