Hinterland St Peter's Seminary NVA 2016

Hinterland marked the official launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016 and was a key highlight in the Year of Innovation, Architecture & Design. Over ten nights from 18 – 27 March 2016, sell-out audiences explored St Peter’s Seminary, one of Scotland’s most important modernist buildings, for the first time in thirty years. This immense public artwork introduced the long term plans for the site and celebrated the journey of transition of this architectural icon.

As dusk fell to darkness, a walked route weaved through atmospheric woodland towards the abandoned building complex. Hinterland revealed the full glory of the towering concrete ruin, combining moving light installations and projection with a haunting choral soundscape by composer Rory Boyle, recorded by the St Salvator’s Chapel Choir of the University of St Andrews.

Hinterland presented an open manifesto for the ground-breaking creative work that will be programmed at St Peter’s Seminary. Amidst the overwhelming public response and the news of £4.2m in funding to take forward our vision for St Peter’s Seminary and Kilmahew woods, the final evening of Hinterland served less as a conclusion, and more as a starting point for a promising future.

The long term plans will rescue, restore and reclaim this outstanding example of 20th century architecture and bring it back into productive use as a national platform for public art and world-class heritage destination. The new space will become a dramatic setting for public art and debate that speaks back to the world and finds relevance and use for bold and creative thinking.

Watch the Hinterland film at: https://vimeo.com/172397263


Images: Alaisdair Smith and Alan McAteer

To ensure public safety, St Peter’s Seminary is currently inaccessible with 24 hour security in operation. We are developing opportunities for the public to access the building during this transitional phase. Please subscribe to our mailing list to be kept up to date with planned future events and activities.

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