Creatives join forces to make ‘arts asset’ in Fort William

David Ogg and Ilona Munro with Agnieszka Adamczyk (right) work on clearing up the overgrown sports courts at Fort William’s Nevis Centre, with the intention of making an outdoor performance space. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.

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Staff and volunteers have joined forces to turn the disused sports courts at the Nevis Centre into a flexible outdoor performance space.

Duty manager, Agnieszka Adamczyk and theatre worker, Ilona Munro, along with a group of art-loving individuals were out in force last week in a joint effort to make the current space useable.

Ilona, who is working with the Nevis Centre thanks to Creative Scotland’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, said: ‘We must really care about culture in Lochaber because so far we have moved 89 barrows of moss, 10 bags of rubbish and a lorry of scrap.

‘We are working hard to create another arts asset for Fort William.’

With restrictions continuing, The Nevis Centre hopes to create a performance and creative outdoor space for events and classes.

The Swings, an interactive, aerial performance will be the first summer show to use the space in August, but before that Scottish Opera will be bringing their amazing performance lorry to the Nevis Centre carpark on July 21.

The board and staff of the Nevis Centre have been working hard to reopen the building and keep a creative online programme going throughout the pandemic. They are now focusing their energies on creating a summer programme of events followed by a development of autumn clubs, classes and performances.