Cromarty Arts Trust was established in 1987
Aims and objectives
- To support the conservation of buildings of historical or architectural importance
- To promote the advancement of education
- To encourage the conservation of natural features, landscape, ecology and character of the area
- To stimulate public interest in the history, character, beauty and wildlife of the area
- To nurture artistic activity, locally nationally and internationally.
In pursuance of these aims we have raised over £1 million for the following purposes:
Restoration and conversion of three architecturally important buildings in Cromarty
The Brewery, restored in 1989 and now operated as the Cromarty Training Centre; The Stables, a Listed Grade A building restored in 1995; and Ardyne, a fine example of a merchant’s house restored in 1994.
Hugh Miller’s bicentenary in 2002
The Trust ran a series of projects connected with this event. These included the establishment of both Cromarty and Highland wide Miller trails with supporting interpretative panels and leaflets; a Hugh Miller exhibition which was shown at museums and libraries throughout Scotland; a series of conferences in Edinburgh and Cromarty, culminating in a major international conference in October 2002. The proceedings were published in two volumes edited by L. Borley: Hugh Miller in Context (2002) and Celebrating the Life and Times of Hugh Miller (2003), both of which can be ordered from the Trust. The latter can also be downloaded here.
The Emigration Stone
The commission of the Emigration Stone by the stone letter carver Richard Kindersley to commemorate Cromarty’s role as the principal point of embarkation for emigrants who left the Highlands for the New World in the 1830s and 1840s. A 4 metre high Caithness flagstone sited on the Cromarty links, it is inscribed with the words that Hugh Miller used to describe the departure of the Cleopatra from Cromarty in 1831 and the names of the 39 ships known to have left Cromarty for the New World in the 1830s and 1840s.
The Salmon Bothy, Eathie
Restored a ruined stone salmon netting bothy beneath the cliffs at Eathie to provide a shelter for walkers and to house information panels on Hugh Miller’s discoveries amongst the fossil beds at Eathie, on the history of salmon netting and on the rich flora and fauna of the surrounding SSSI.
Established an artists’ studio centre for 7 local artists, hosted an annual artist in residency programme for established artists, and commissioned works of art – including a tapestry for the Cromarty action for young people's East Hall children’s' centre in Cromarty, and a series of prints on stories from Hugh Miller’s Scenes and Legends (which can be purchased from the Trust).