Highlands & Islands

Inverness-based Hi-Arts to be shut down

The cultural development agency for the north of Scotland is to be shut down after running into financial problems.

Inverness-based Hi-Arts promotes arts and heritage in the Highlands, Moray, Northern Isles and Western Isles, as well as Argyll.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), which set up the arts body in 1990, and also Creative Scotland, were Hi-Arts' main sources of funding.

However, the two organisations' financial support has ended.

In April, Hi-Arts issued notices of redundancies to all 10 of its staff.

The organisation said it had been legally obliged to seek redundancies while it tried to secure its financial future.

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