About the Collective
The Highland Culture Collective is a group of artists, communities and arts organisations across the Highlands of Scotland. We’ve come together as part of a national pilot project across Scotland, in response to the impact of the pandemic. Funded by Creative Scotland, our 5 artists-in-residence will work creatively & collaboratively with communities for a year, from September 2021 to September 2022.

Our team

Catriona Meighan

Catriona works with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence, often in collaboration with women’s aid organisations.

Cat is a contemporary visual artist,  exploring the expanded field of painting, printmaking, installation and socially engaged work. She is also a co-founder of Circus Artspace, an artist-led collective based in Inverness.

Hector MacInnes

Hector works with people across the Highlands & Islands, including residents of HMP Inverness.

Hector is a sound artist, musician and producer from Skye. He works with installation, text, composition, voice and speculative design among other things, often in collaboration with other artists and communities.

Artair Donald

Artair works with Gaelic-speaking communities across the Highlands.

Artair is an actor and drama facilitator, originally from Tiree. Over the last 30 years, he has worked in theatre, radio, TV and film, and led workshops and directed plays with schools and communities.

Sinéad Hargan

Based in Caithness, Sinéad is co-hosted by North Lands Creative & Lyth Arts Centre.

Sinéad is exploring our environment & coastlines with communities across Caithness. She primarily works with live performance, dance and moving image, and is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Contemporary Performance Practice.

Evija Laivina

Evija is hosted by Highland Print Studio, and works with people in the Inner Moray Firth area, particularly those affected by mental illness.

Evija is a photographer and contemporary visual artist, and is a graduate of UHI. Originally from Latvia, Evija made Inverness her home in 2009.

Lauren Hendry

Lauren is our Project Manager. She supports the Highland Culture Collective’s artists, and links the project to our sister Culture Collective projects across Scotland.

Lauren is an arts producer based in Dingwall. Lauren has a background in performing and producing contemporary circus and theatre performance.

Our partners

Lyth Arts Centre is the UK’s most northerly mainland arts centre in the heart of Caithness

Based in Caithness, North Lands Creative is one of the world’s most prestigious centres for the study and development of glass as an artform.

The Highland Third Sector Interface ensures that the Third Sector in Highlands is strong, developing and a valued community and regional asset.

Eden Court is Scotland’s largest combined arts organisation. They present and make work with, by and for the people of the Highlands and Islands and those who visit them.

Fèis Rois enables people of all ages to access, participate in and enjoy the traditional arts and Gaelic language in Ross & Cromarty, across Scotland and beyond

Highland Print Studio is a printmaking and digital imaging facility based in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Our sister-projects

We are one of 26 projects across Scotland, which make up the Culture Collective programme., which runs until October 2022.
To see our sister-projects, visit the Culture Collective website.

Our funder

We are funded by Scottish Government emergency COVID-19 funds through Creative Scotland.