An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway is facing major challenges as a result of the coronavirus shutdown.


The closure of the centre with a horizon of several weeks, potentially months, has forced us to cease trading in the café bar," members have been told. "This part of the business is run by our subsidiary company, An Lanntair Trading Ltd. 

"We are working with HR and legal professionals, as well as our stakeholders, including Creative Scotland, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, to secure the future of An Lanntair’s artistic and education programmes. 

"With their support, along with emergency measures announced by the government, we intend to continue to employ An Lanntair's staff and prepare to emerge from the current crisis, pick up where we left off and continue to provide a strong and vital service to our many audiences and participants, and to our community.  

"Sadly however, we cannot take the same approach with the commercial activity that is run through An Lanntair Trading Ltd. Staff who work for this company, that is, those who work in the café bar and kitchen, have been informed that the company has ceased trading and that they are at risk of redundancy.

"This is a very difficult time for all those affected and it is with deep regret that it has reached this point. 

"As reported to An Lanntair's AGM in November last year, An Lanntair Trading Ltd made a loss in the last financial year, and was projected to make a further loss in the financial year just finishing. 

"Work had been under way to review and revitalise the café bar business, however the sudden impact of the recent COVID-19 crisis shut-down has meant that this work is no longer viable.  

"An Lanntair's arts and education teams are working behind the scenes to identify ways to connect and engage with the community and artists throughout the shut-down period."