Links studios in Nairn were officially opened in September 2015. This studio building supports 11 local artists and makers with affordable studio space in the Fishertown area. The studios are based in the former Links School, which closed in the late 1960’s. The Links School was established 178 years ago as a Free Church of Scotland School and operated as such until 1967. For a while, the building was home to the Voluntary Association of Nairn Groups and served as a community resource centre. But when the Nairn Community Centre was custom built, the centre was deemed surplus to requirements. The last tenant was the NHS who used the premises to deliver mental health and ante-natal services from 2008. However, these would move to the new hospital and in 2012, the future of the building was called into question. As Fishertown’s best loved historic and iconic building, local residents and councillors were keen to identify a new sustainable use for the Links School building. Local artists including myself were keen to talk to Wasps about the potential project and enhancement of cultural activity in the town. A creative use for Links School seemed to fit, with the Arts Society and the Little Theatre operating just around the corner from the school building. The redevelopment of Links School was led by Wasps Studios, a social enterprise which supports around 800 artists per year with space across Scotland. Links Studios became Wasps first Highland Studio project. The project itself demonstrates excellent partnership between different bodies including Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Creative Scotland, all of whom endorsed and funded the project. There are 9 accessible studio spaces within the building and a space for a Creative Industry or Social Enterprise. There is also a social space within the building which has so far been used for live music and an exhibition and we sincerely hope to invite more projects to this space in future that the local community can attend. Artists that are now based in Links Studios are mainly from the town and work in a variety of different mediums including drawing and painting, glass, felting, textiles, sculpture, video and installation. Links Studios will help to build a stronger infrastructure for creative practitioners. Many students who study on the BA (Hons) fine art course in Elgin wish to stay in the region but find the lack of studio spaces, exhibition spaces and other networking opportunities difficult. Following a presentation by Wasps at the UHI in 2014, students and graduates stated that to be part of a creative community and having access to affordable workspace would encourage them to stay. Now that the studios are let, we will focus on giving the public more access to the building and events which we can tie into or become involved with. Events such as Wasps Open Studios and Highland Doors Open Days allow us to open our doors to the public, introduce them to artists, show them our work and attract extra visitors to the town.