Hinterland – A Future Reclaimed
Sunday 27 March marked the final evening of what has been an incredible 10 day run of Hinterland. Amidst the overwhelming public response and the news of £4.2 million in funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland, a staggering optimism has emerged. The final evening of Hinterland served as less of a conclusion, and more of a starting point for a promising future for St Peter’s Seminary and its surrounding landscape.
150 years after the original Victorian estate of Kilmahew was established, we are now in a position to start afresh. As the official launch event of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture and a key highlight in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Hinterland presented the creative possibilities that the revitalisation of this site will bring. 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 imaginative thinking.
Over the ten evenings from 18-27 March 2016, almost 8,000 members of the public have discovered or rediscovered this brutalist masterpiece. The thrill of bringing the building new life through the installation of the event has been a landmark moment and we have received amazing feedback from those who were fast enough to secure tickets to the sell-out event and join us on nocturnal pilgrimages through the shadowy superstructure.
This transformational moment was crowned when on Wednesday 23 March the Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland announced a funding package to secure the future of the site worth £4.2 million. This generous investment completed the £7 million capital fund required to save the building and allows us to begin actioning plans to create an incredible and unique permanent cultural venue in the coming years. And so as Hinterland comes to a close, Reigart will move back into the building for the final clearance and vault restoration which will finish at the end of May.
We are delighted to have marked the first moment in our journey and thank you to all those who attended for being part of this historic moment. We hope your experience was memorable.