Caithness Artists In Residence

Lyth Arts Centre are pleased to announce our five Caithness Artists in Residence as part of a new programme. 


CAIR: Caithness Artists in Residence is a brand new community arts initiative that connects artists and creative practitioners with distinct Caithness communities. Led by Lyth Arts Centre and local community organisations, this project will explore how LAC can work with artists and facilitate creative responses to local problems, encouraging creative cultural activism and prioritising an artist and community centric approach to recovery after coronavirus.


The Artists in Residence are professional artists and cultural practitioners that are based in Caithness, mostly in the communities they will be working with. Instead of a one-off workshop by a visiting artist, the Artists in Residence will work with their matched communities over the next 6 months. The artists, communities and partners will co-design a bespoke programme of work that will explore local themes and issues.


The artists and communities are;


Thurso Artist in Residence – Responding the Thurso Locality Plan, Donna will be collaborating with young people and communities in and around Thurso using theatre and film techniques to explore mental health and other local issues. Donna is an actor and experienced drama facilitator and educator from and based in Thurso.


To read more about Donna and her project, please click here



Wick Artist in Residence – Kelly will be exploring issues highlighted in the Wick Locality Plan and will be working in Wick with local young people to explore their maritime heritage and identity through metalwork and design. Kelly is a jeweller and painter from Wick who has recently returned to her hometown.


To read more about Kelly and her project, please click here



Lybster Artist in Residence – Karlyn will be working specifically with Caithness Community Connections in Lybster, responding to the Rural Caithness Locality Plan and developing community connections using origami and other design techniques. Karlyn is an artist and designer mainly working in glass. She originally trained as an architect and is from Lybster, which is where she is currently based.


To read more about Karlyn and her project, please click here



Caithness Makar – George will be working across the county with several community partners, delivering writing workshops and developing ‘Words on the Wind’ a community poem which explores and captures what it means to live in Caithness today. George is a renowned poet and playwright from Thurso. Having also ran Grey Coast Theatre Company for 20 years he has run many community projects across the Highlands.


To read more about George and his project, please click here



Joanne will be working in collaboration with older people and those who care for older people, including professional care providers, volunteers and relatives, to develop an intergenerational project that connects isolated elders with their wider community. Joanne is a highly experienced research based visual artist who often uses traditional craft techniques. She lives in Dunnet on Dunnet Head and only 2 miles from where she grew up.


To read more about Joanne and her project, please click here



Later this year…


We’re also pleased to be launching two music partnership community residences which we will announce later in the year.


You can find out more about each of the artists and their projects over the coming weeks as we release special profiles and regular updates. Despite the latest restrictions, all the artists are forging ahead, adapting their plans and working closely with community partners and the LAC team to develop the programme. For further background information on the project, please click here.


If you are a local community group or would like to know more about how you can get involved with your local artist in residence, please get in touch using the contact form here.


We’re so excited to be launching this programme and welcome all the artists to the LAC team!


This project is funded by the Inspiring Scotland Creative Communities Programme 2020-2021 and the Scottish Government Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund.