One of Moray’s most important Arts exhibition and training venues has survived a period of instability and is looking ahead at a brighter future.
The Findhorn-based Moray Art Centre was on the very brink of closure after running into financial difficulties in May when the management said it may have to close completely for three months.
Staff numbers at the venue were cut from six to just two – one full time and other part time – as the centre, which first opened in 2007, fought remain open. It was a ‘back to basics’ strategy of providing courses in the visual arts such as painting and drawing that ultimately allowed the centre to remain in operational.
Now Art Centre director Randy Klinger has said they have now re-invented themselves and come out of the process in good health.
Mr Klinger said: “I’ve dedicated the past 16 years of my life to setting up and running the centre – closing this place would have been a disaster for Moray.
“This last year we’ve had to go through the exhausting process of completely re-inventing ourselves -but we seem to have come out the other side now.”
Currently the centre is running a Christmas market exhibition featuring the work of local artists – opening hours are from 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday with entry free of charge.