Inverness Creative Academy is a £5.7m project currently transforming two beautiful B-listed former school buildings on the old Inverness Royal Academy site in the Crown area of the city into the largest creative facility for artists, designers, makers, creative industries, cultural social enterprises and the community in the Scottish Highlands. This will be the largest creative hub in the Highlands, providing space for artists, designers, makers, creative industries, arts organisations and cultural social enterprises.


The creation of Inverness Creative Academy is happening in two phases. Phase 1 was completed in November 2018 – this phase brought the 1913 Arts and Science extension back into use as 30 studio spaces for artists and makers. The first tenants moved into their studios in December 2018. and this part of the project was formally opened by Provost Helen Carmichael on the 28th March 2019. Phase 2 is almost complete and will be open soon and will restore the original 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 our vision to deliver a vibrant creative destination to serve the whole of the Highlands.

The two buildings currently provide 3,200 m2 in floor area and therefore have the capacity to make a considerable contribution to local heritage regeneration and to the growth of the wider creative economy in the Highlands. We can’t wait to complete our first major creative hub in the Highlands, building a central home for collaboration, production and opportunity.

When completed, the new fit-for-purpose facility will provide:


Inverness Creative Academy is breathing new life into the former Inverness Royal Academy buildings in Inverness. Throughout the project, we have been exploring the history behind these incredible buildings, and have discovered a few artefacts along the way. Read, watch and listen to find out more:

As part of the project, we have also been working to inform, educate and inspire people of all ages about the history on their doorstep. Find out about the activity we have been delivering in the community:


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: