Wick's only art gallery set to close
THE council-owned organisation that runs Wick's only art gallery has announced its impending closure at the end of this month.
High Life Highland gave a statement to the John O'Groat Journal today in response to a query on the gallery's future after speculation that it would fall victim to cutbacks.
The gallery is located within the Carnegie building – once home to Wick Library and the Caithness archive centre.
A spokesperson for High Life Highland said: “This decision has not been taken lightly. However, since the library moved to East Caithness Community Facility and the archive centre moved into Nucleus we have seen visitor numbers drop from 4500 to just over 500 visits per annum, which is no longer viable.”
High Life Highland claims it will continue to provide "a regularly changing programme of contemporary and fine art exhibitions within Caithness" at the recently upgraded art gallery within the Thurso Library and a varied, changing exhibition programme at Nucleus in Wick.