Artist Opportunities

LAC runs an ongoing programme of artist development. Find out more below



  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. FREELANCE FRIDAYS

    Freelance Fridays throw open the doors of Lyth Arts Centre to local creatives and freelancers in Caithness for a day of communal working. Here’s how it works; simply drop in anytime you like from 10am on selected Fridays, with whatever work you’d like to get done. We’ll provide the desks, power, wi-fi, tea and coffee.

    This is an opportunity to meet like-minded creatives and freelancers in Caithness, bounce around your ideas, have a chat with the Lyth Arts Centre staff, or simply just break the monotony of working from home! This is very relaxed, and you can be as vocal or as quiet as you like. We’ll open the bar at 5pm too to celebrate your hard work! No need to book in advance, just turn up.

    2020 Dates to be announced

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. STARTERS

    Starters – the little treat at the start of the night to whet your appetite for the main course! This a new platform for performers and artists to share 10-15 minutes of work ahead of a main performance. A chance to gain experience, test work in front of an audience and get professional

    Selected performances only.

    Got an idea you want to test? Get in touch here. 

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. SPACE

    We will provide up to 100 hours of free rehearsal space to selected local artists and performers throughout the year.

    Got a project you want to work on? Get in touch here.

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. RESIDENCIES

    We provide residency space and time throughout the year for artists across disciplines. Previous recent residency artists include Robbie Synge, Scottish Dance Theatre, Rafiki Jazz and Magnetic North. LAC is currently offering a paid residency opportunity with Imaginate – please click here for more info or see below.

    LAC provides the perfect space for a creative retreat to develop work as an individual or group in a beautiful and unique part of the Highlands. Residencies include accommodation and access to the theatre and sometimes dedicated technical, marketing or dramaturgical support from our team.

    To find out more, please get in touch with Charlotte or see our latest news for specific call-outs and opportunities.


    Throughout the year, we have several workshops and professional development opportunities on offer – provided by internationally renowned artists and companies who are visiting Lyth Arts Centre, or specially commissioned experts.

    Spring 2020 Workshops

    Walk the Oars Storytelling & Music Workshop – Saturday 29th Feb 

    Laura Johnston Scott Contemporary Dance Workshop – Thursday 5th – Friday 6th March

    Gaelic and Scots Song Workshop – Saturday 28th March 

    Writing for TV and Film Workshop – Saturday 18th April 

    Lubna Kerr: Comedy and Identity Workshop – Friday 8th May 

    More to be announced.


    If you are a local artist or practitioner who would like to deliver a workshop at Lyth Arts Centre, please get in touch.

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. CHAT

    If you have an exciting proposal for a new exhibition, or maybe a script you’d like to get on it’s feet, or even an idea for a new night of performance then please do come and have a chat with us! Tom, Charlotte and all the team at LAC are available to chat about ideas and advice – just get in touch!

  • Group 2 Created with Sketch. CAITHNESS YOUNG COMPANY

    Caithness Young Company is an innovative and introductory project offering in-depth training for aspiring performers, directors, technicians and writers into the world of professional theatre. Led by Lyth Arts Centre, the programme of activity and work created by the young people will form part of our annual programme at the arts centre.

    Caithness Young Company will be free to access plus transport support. Young people will learn new techniques and work in collaboration with some of the most exciting professional artists in LAC’s programme.

    For more information on how to get involved please check our website or email







Lyth Arts Centre and Imaginate are collaborating in 2020 to support an artist to explore a new theatre and/or dance performance idea for young audiences and undertake a period of practical research towards a new piece of work.

This opportunity includes:

  • A week in residence at LAC from Monday 22nd June – Sunday 28th June 2020
  • A bursary of £2000 to cover fees, materials and per diems for the residency period
  • Return travel to LAC from anywhere in Scotland
  • Accommodation
  • Support and advice from Imaginate and Lyth Arts Centre staff
  • Access to Go & See funding for the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival 2020 including seeing productions and taking part in the professional development programme for delegates

To find out more and apply click here. 


Deadline: Wednesday 12th February 2020 




Shooglenifty: Open Soundcheck


Friday 21st February, from 4pm – 6pm 
Lyth Arts Centre
  • Shooglenifty will throw open the doors of their sound check to young musicians in Caithness. This is a great opportunity for aspiring musicians to come and see one of Scotland’s most innovative trad bands in rehearsal.


  • Attendees will have the chance to ask questions, watch the band at work and take a closer look at the equipment and instruments they use. This will be an exclusive sneak peek ahead of their gig later that evening.


  • The open soundcheck is open to any young musician under 26 years of age. No need to book, we’ll just ask for your name, age and email on the door. You can drop-in from 4pm at any time. The doors will be open until 6pm.