Night-time art project Hinterland to take place at abandoned St Peter's Seminary

Night-time art project Hinterland to take place at abandoned St Peter's Seminary

St Peter's / credit: James Johnson

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St Peter's Seminary is the stuff of horror films, a disused Roman Catholic seminary surrounded by semi-ancient woodland that has been abandoned since 1980 and fallen into ruin. Enter charity NVA and their latest arts project Hinterland.

As the official launch event for 2016's Festival of Architecture Hinterland is bringing the venue back into use with a public art event. Audiences will walk through the atmospheric woodland at night to discover the ruined seminary buildings, subtly re-animated with light installations. These are accompanied by specially commissioned choral work composed by Rory Boyle and performed by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir from the University of St Andrews.

As part of Scotland's 'Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design' Scotland's Festival of Architecture is dedicated to showcasing Scotland’s achievements in design, creativity and built environment. The seminary is considered a modernist masterpiece and was designed and built by Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of the renowned Gillespie, Kidd and Coia architectural practice. Hinterland is the first time the venue will be made accessible to the public in 25 years and looks forward to the building’s future as a cultural hub for progressive public art when the partially restored buildings will be fully opened in 2018.

Hinterland requires over 60 volunteers to deliver the project. Roles are available for people aged 18 and over in woodland work, building and construction, event stewarding, social media, transport hub and box office assistance. Applications are open until 6 Feb.

Hinterland, St Peter’s Seminary, near Helensburgh,18–27 March, 6.30pm, £23 (£18).


An inaugural event to reclaim the famous Seminary from falling into ruin.