Over the last week, NVA’s much anticipated Hinterland has been offering capacity audiences the opportunity to rediscover the powerfully exposed superstructure and unique architectural features of St Peter’s Seminary for the first time in 30 years.
The event which is supported by EventScotland and is a key highlight of both the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and the Festival of Architecture 2016, has put Scotland on the world stage in a new and exciting way, positioning the country as an inspiring mix of traditional and cutting-edge at the same time.
Capturing the hearts and minds of those lucky enough to have secured a sold-out ticket to the event, it has been wonderful to see the incredible images, reviews and engagement across all channels from visitors, local community and worldwide media.
And so today, it is with great delight that both the Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland have announced 4.2 million funding to continue breathing new life into St Peter’s Seminary. The investment will see key elements of the building restored whilst others will be consolidated to allow the public safe access to large scale events and performance as well as to smaller community activities. The triple-height chapel will be partially restored and converted into a 600-capacity venue while the former sacristy and crypt will be a focal point for exhibitions. It is expected that over 200 people will become involved as volunteers.
Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland said:
“In the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Hinterland has given audiences the first opportunity to experience the potential new purpose of St Peter’s Seminary whilst celebrating the lasting legacy of Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein’s ground-breaking architecture.”
“Events such as Hinterland not only create lasting memories for many, but they shine a spotlight on Scotland’s hidden gems and reinforce the country’s reputation as the perfect stage for events.”
“Today’s investment announcement presents an important step in the journey towards the planned transformation to create one of the UK’s most significant new cultural venues. NVA’s vision to transform the building and the surrounding estate into the truly unique arts venue it deserves to be is a fitting tribute to this iconic building of world significance.”
Click here for more information on the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.