AN LANNTAIR ARTS CENTRE, STORNOWAY, VENUE PROFILE...

An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway opened in October 2005 and has become the premier venue for social and cultural events in the islands as well as something of a Stornoway landmark. 
 
The new building has allowed An Lanntair to become more community focused by providing an enjoyable place for local residents and visitors to spend their free time, to meet friends for a relaxing drink, to see a live performance, to view an exhibition, to watch a movie, or to learn new skills at a workshop. 
 
The building’s design is imaginative enough to be both interesting and practical in a contemporary way.  Blending in with its graceful neighbour, it takes on the hue of the lovely Martins Memorial Church across the road and the plaza square outside sets off both.   The building features an expanse of glass opening up the building to the public and inviting them into an interior of light and space. 

Inside the building features a unique design that gives the venue a tremendous amount of flexibility.  It has a state of the art gallery space, plus a 200 seat auditorium which shows live music, cinema, theatre and other events as well as converting into a space suitable for cèilidhs or different kinds of festivals.  Food and refreshments are served from morning till late in the 50-seat restaurant with its lovely views over the harbour and there is also a lively café bar and shop.  To make the building as useful to the community as possible, there is also space for creative workshops, and rooms for hire by community groups and businesses. Key to the new centre is a welcome for everyone in the community and visitors to the islands.   The whole building has been designed to make access easy with facilities such as lift access, induction loop system, and amenities for wheelchair users. 

The auditorium plays host to a wide variety of contemporary and traditional events, from traditional Scottish step-dance with Dannsa to touring companies like the SCO Strings or Scottish Opera, local bands or the Royal National Mod. It is also used to show films and as a state of the art festival venue.

The building also houses a designated exhibition space as well as other areas that can be utilised for the display of artworks. While endeavouring to bring the work of artists of both national and international reputation to the Western Isles, there is always an element of local flavour within an Lanntair. One of the great things about the building is that it also works as a centre for local artists and craftspeople to display and sell their work, showcasing the huge wealth of skills and talent that is on tap here in the Hebrides.

An Lanntair Arts Centre came into being thanks to The Scottish Arts Council National Lottery Award with help from the Highlands & Islands Partnership Programme, Western Isles Enterprise and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar as well as the following trusts: James Shaw Grant, The Robertson Trust, The Hugh Fraser Foundation and The P F Charitable Trust..

Uairean fosglaidh: 8.30m gu h-anmoch, Diluain - Disathairne
Opening hours: 8.30am till late, Monday – Saturday

An Lanntair Ionad Ealain Arts Centre
Sràid Choinnich, Steòrnabhagh, Eilean Leòdhais, Innse Gall, HS1 2DS
Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Innse Gall, HS1 2DS
Fòn Tel 01851 703 307, post-d e-mail: info@lanntair.com, làrach-lìn website: www.lanntair.com