Arts & Culture
Caithness and North Sutherland is a haven for creative people and those eager to learn about our past. Inspiration is drawn from the landscape and its stories. From the Viking and Norse influences to the Scots Gaelic language, artists and history lovers never tire of the area and flock from all over the world to Caithness and North Sutherland to live, work, perform and create.
In order to nurture this strong interest in arts and culture, there is an array of clubs, events and organisations in the area which allow us to dabble in different creative outlets. We’re proud to be home to the most northerly UK mainland creative venues, museums and galleries which each run the most incredible programme of events, exhibitions and festivals. Here you’ll find a little more information on each and how you can get involved.
Live Performance Venues
The Mill Theatre in Thurso is home to the Thurso Players. Seating an audience of 88, it sees countless amateur and professional touring performances. The theatre allows the amateur dramatics group, Thurso Players a space to learn about all areas of performance and theatre.
Thurso Players amateur dramatics group are based within The Mill Theatre in Thurso. Groups of all ages are welcome to get involved with learning about performance, backstage, lighting and technical. Check out their facebook page for more details of how to join.
Art Clubs and Groups
Firmly in the Summer social calendar is the Society of Caithness Artists annual exhibition. The exhibition attracts talent from all over Caithness and HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay even submits some of his work! The prince is an honorary Caithnessian as he spends Summer holidays here at his Grandmother’s holiday home in Mey.
The society not only offer a fantastic opportunity to have work shown, but offer a wide social circle of creative, talented people. The Caithness landscape offers so much inspiration its easy to see how our area boasts so many talented artists.
Art Studios & Workshops
Lindsey Gallacher owns and runs a Studio and Workshop in Thurso town centre. The intimate space allows visitors to pop in for a chat with Lindsey, browse items and even take part in a practical workshop to create a personalised piece of jewellery. Lindsay uses the ever popular Caithness Stone in much of her work which makes it even more special for both visitors and locals.
Museums and Heritage Centres
Strathnaver Museum is situated on the north coast of Scotland not far from Caithness. It is based in the former Parish Church of Columba in Bettyhill, Sutherland and opened as a museum in 1976. Its main theme is the tragic story of the Highland Clearances, it has a room dedicated to the Clan Mackay and also tells the story of crofting life. The Museum has a strong group of friendly and dedicated volunteers who would love to welcome new people to the area.