Lyth Arts Centre
Contact: Susan Dingle
Tel: 01955 641434
Lyth Arts Centre, deep in the Caithness countryside, is housed in a beautiful old building surrounded by trees and aged stone walls. From the outside it retains the character of a Victorian village school but the interior has been imaginatively converted to a dynamic multi-purpose arts centre.
Most of the programme is devoted to presenting the work of professional British and international artists and performers and the centre also acts as a stepping-off point for local artistic activity. The main aim is to promote work of the highest standard.
A programme of live performances presents the best work of small-scale touring companies – often innovative and experimental. This includes drama, dance, jazz, folk, classical and world music. The centre goes dark in the winter months and events are presented in other locations in neighbouring towns and villages.
The centre was established by William Wilson, an accomplished artist and musician who trained as a cinematographer at the RCA and worked in film and television in London before returning to his native Caithness in 1977. He saw the need to support fellow artists and musicians in the north of Scotland and decided to establish somewhere to stage exhibitions, drama and live music so that all the exciting things that were happening elsewhere in the country could find a foothold in the north.