Lyth Arts Centre (LAC) is Scotland’s most northerly mainland arts centre, presenting an annual programme of live performance across Caithness alongside contemporary visual art and an extensive participatory programme of educational and socially- engaged arts projects led by local creatives in our community.
LAC strives to be a nationally and internationally recognised, industry leading small arts centre that practices radical localism and challenges conceptions about what it means to be ‘rural’. Our Caithness community is at the heart of everything we do and we work across the county acting as a cultural hub for the North of Scotland.
LAC’s main site is situated in a converted Victorian village school surrounded by trees and aged stone walls. The interior has been imaginatively converted to a dynamic multi-purpose arts centre. This includes a fully- equipped 60-seat black-box studio theatre which converts into an exhibition space, back- stage facilities, a public café/bar and purpose-built accommodation for visiting performers and artists. The whole premises is disability accessible.
LAC was established by the visionary William Wilson, an accomplished artist and musician who worked in film and television in London before returning to his native Caithness in what began as a gallery grew in an intimate venue which regularly over-spilled into William’s home in the adjacent schoolhouse. Over 40 years, LAC has become the cultural hub for Caithness and North Sutherland. In April 2017 LAC become a registered charity and appointed Charlotte Mountford and Tom Barnes as it’s Co-Directors to lead the organisation into a new era.
Over the last few years the arts centre has gone from strength to strength. LAC now employs a small core team of people working hard to bring you the very best in arts and culture. Please see our staff list below…