Harris Arts has been running since the 1980s, each year bringing a showcase of professional performances and local artistry to visitors and residents of this idyllic Hebridean island. Every summer there is a programme of events, illustrated talks,
concerts and workshops all over Harris. Other cultural events are promoted outside the main Summer season, including in recent years, visits from touring professional theatre companies, in collaboration with North Scotland Touring Fund. Harris Arts has been supported financially for many years by Creative Scotland (formerly the Scottish Arts Council) and the local council Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, as well as by essential box office revenue.
Artists have included Opera Alba, Scottish Dance Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland and Mull Theatre, classical musicians Ritornelle, The Richmond Trio, Robin Colvill and Peter McCarthy; traditional Scottish musicians Rona Wilkie and Marit Falt, and Feis Rois; Gaelic singers Mary Ann Kennedy and Gillie Mackenzie; plus Stu Brown Jazz Sextet, Rura, as well as a variety of arts and crafts workshop events.
Since 2011 the Director has been Christine Hurley whose background as a professional musician and educator has brought renewed inspiration to the delivery of the arts in
Harris. Supported by the Board of Trustees of Harris Arts and Heritage Limited, the
holding company, and a small committee of like-minded enthusiasts, Harris Arts
continues to prosper. We hope your visit to a Harris Arts event this year will be enjoyable, and we welcome audience feedback.
Harris Arts and Heritage is a not-for-profit voluntary sector organisation run by volunteers. It is a company limited by guarantee. It promotes Harris Arts events and the annual tuition Feis for children.