Free attendance at creative performances by new students

Over 60 University of the Highlands and Islands staff and students will gather in Inverness on Thursday 12 September to stage a free afternoon of creative performance at the Old High Church theatre between 12.30 and 1pm and the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery between 2pm and 4pm.

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For the first time, applied music students will also be joined by creative writing and contemporary film making students. The interdisciplinary group will spend four days together in workshops, lectures and take part in imaginative learning ahead of their performances.    

Speaking about the week’s activities, Peter Noble (Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts at North Highland College UHI) said:

“This is a great professional creative experience for the students who are just starting their studies. Audiences can expect to be led into the stories that surround a variety of specific objects and photographs within the museum.”

“This year we have partnered with the museum and the “FLOW Photofest”. In working within a community environment, the students can find practical inspiration and information from other creative artists”.  

Anna Wendy Stevenson Programme Leader BA (Hons) Applied Music added:

“Our residency programmes take place at different locations throughout Scotland four times a year and our students are drawn from all over Scotland - from Shetland, the Hebrides, the Central belt and also further afield."

"The residencies provide the opportunity to build a strong community of practice, and to engage with and explore the wealth of cultural activity, opportunity and inspirational leaders throughout the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.  As we return to Inverness for the September residency, we look forward to working with our partners established and new to explore the regions’ culture and heritage and to contribute to this dynamic sector with the showcasing of our students’ own work”.

Alison Parfitt, Curator at the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery commented on the partnership:

“As part of our ongoing relationship with the university, we are delighted to be hosting the students to help to showcase fresh musical and creative talent. We are looking forward to hearing how their compositions are inspired by the exhibitions and collections here."

“All are welcome at 2pm on Thursday for a performance of the pieces created in the residency.”

Widely recognised as a national leader in the arts, particularly in music education, Fèis Rois will deliver a workshop on creative processes at this first residency. Their forthcoming Kin Project film being shown at Eden Court on 10 September features the university’s past and present music students.