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  • 29 April 2016

    Festival of Architecture launches ScotStyle

     

    Voting is now open for ‘Scotstyle’ and it’s up to the public to vote for their favourite building of the past 100 years as a part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. The results will be announced at the Festival’s Finale event in November and voting will take place on the festival website www.foa2016.com/scotstyle or votes can be cast in person at the touring exhibition.
    The list includes two Glasgow banks, the Bon Accord Baths in Aberdeen and Tongland Power Station in Kirkcudbright.  Also on the list are a wee concrete bothy in Sutherland (known, ironically, as the Hermit's Castle) and a fashion designer's studio near Galashiels as well as buildings on Bute, Skye, Tiree and Orkney.  More prominent architectural gems include the arches at the City Chambers in Glasgow, the Scottish Parliament and Stirling University.
    Today (Wednesday 27 April) also sees the launch of the ‘Scotstyle: 100 years of Scottish Architecture’ book, which documents each of the 100 best buildings, ten from each decade, and gives some fascinating insights into architectural trends over the past 100 years alongside the story behind some of Scotland’s most beloved buildings.  The book also celebrates the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) who are curating and managing the Festival.  
    The nationwide touring exhibition will premiere at The Falkirk Wheel then tour across the length and breadth of Scotland at venues including; St. Conan’s Kirk on Loch Awe, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and New Lanark Heritage Centre and the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, with a debate and book signing at the Scottish Parliament during the Festival of Politics in August. 
    The list was selected from more than 400 nominations put forward by members of the public, with a group of architects, critics and architectural historians whittling it down to 100 properties. 
    Neil Baxter CEO RIAS said:
    “Even before it starts its tour Scotstyle 2016 can boast of being the most popular ever exhibition of Scottish architecture. The demand from venues throughout the land has been huge- so much so that three versions (sponsored by Lockton, Clyde and Co and Forestry Commission Scotland respectively) will be touring for the rest of this year to over thirty venues.” 
    “The exhibition and the accompanying book were only possible through the generosity and the brilliant input of our ten expert authors. This is a unique and special celebration of 100 years of Scottish achievement.”
    Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events said:
    “From textiles and technology to architecture and fashion, Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is shining a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets, as well as its unique hidden gems.”
    “Scotland is world renowned for its rich, built heritage – it has buildings that make people look up and streets steeped in history. ‘Scotstyle’ presents a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit the free exhibitions taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland, whilst also being able to cast their vote in honouring some of our most treasured, innovative and iconic buildings and residences.”
    Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals said: 
    “As a partner of the Festival of Architecture, we are delighted to host the launch of the Scotstyle exhibition and book at The Falkirk Wheel.  It’s fitting in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design that the Scotstyle exhibition premieres on the site of one of Scotland’s most iconic and innovative structures.”
    To cast your vote, order a copy of the book and find out more about the exhibition tour, visit www.foa2016.com
    Scotstyle 100 years of Scottish Architecture 1916 – 2016 is available now from the RIAS Bookshop, Rutland Square Edinburgh and exhibition venues with a retail outlet.
    ISBN- 978-1-873190-71-5 | RRP £25 |210x210mm | softback | 240pp | full colour throughout

    Voting is now open for ‘Scotstyle’ and it’s up to the public to vote for their favourite building of the past 100 years as a part of the Festival of Architecture 2016 and Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

    The results will be announced at the Festival’s Finale event in November and voting will take place on the festival website www.foa2016.com/scotstyle or votes can be cast in person at the touring exhibition.


    The list includes two Glasgow banks, the Bon Accord Baths in Aberdeen and Tongland Power Station in Kirkcudbright.  Also on the list are a wee concrete bothy in Sutherland (known, ironically, as the Hermit's Castle) and a fashion designer's studio near Galashiels as well as buildings on Bute, Skye, Tiree and Orkney. More prominent architectural gems include the arches at the City Chambers in Glasgow, the Scottish Parliament and Stirling University.


    Today (Wednesday 27 April) also sees the launch of the ‘Scotstyle: 100 years of Scottish Architecture’ book, which documents each of the 100 best buildings, ten from each decade, and gives some fascinating insights into architectural trends over the past 100 years alongside the story behind some of Scotland’s most beloved buildings. The book also celebrates the centenary of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) who are curating and managing the Festival.  


    The nationwide touring exhibition will premiere at The Falkirk Wheel then tour across the length and breadth of Scotland at venues including; St. Conan’s Kirk on Loch Awe, Inverness Museum and Art Gallery and New Lanark Heritage Centre and the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney, with a debate and book signing at the Scottish Parliament during the Festival of Politics in August. 


    The list was selected from more than 400 nominations put forward by members of the public, with a group of architects, critics and architectural historians whittling it down to 100 properties. 


    Neil Baxter CEO RIAS said: Even before it starts its tour Scotstyle 2016 can boast of being the most popular ever exhibition of Scottish architecture. The demand from venues throughout the land has been huge - so much so that three versions (sponsored by Lockton, Clyde and Co and Forestry Commission Scotland respectively) will be touring for the rest of this year to over thirty venues.” 

    The exhibition and the accompanying book were only possible through the generosity and the brilliant input of our ten expert authors. This is a unique and special celebration of 100 years of Scottish achievement.


    Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland's Director of Events said: From textiles and technology to architecture and fashion, Scotland’s 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is shining a spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest assets, as well as its unique hidden gems.

    Scotland is world renowned for its rich, built heritage – it has buildings that make people look up and streets steeped in history. ‘Scotstyle’ presents a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit the free exhibitions taking place across the length and breadth of Scotland, whilst also being able to cast their vote in honouring some of our most treasured, innovative and iconic buildings and residences.


    Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive of Scottish Canals said: As a partner of the Festival of Architecture, we are delighted to host the launch of the Scotstyle exhibition and book at The Falkirk Wheel.  It’s fitting in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design that the Scotstyle exhibition premieres on the site of one of Scotland’s most iconic and innovative structures.

     

    To cast your vote, order a copy of the book and find out more about the exhibition tour, visit www.foa2016.com


    Scotstyle 100 years of Scottish Architecture 1916 – 2016 is available now from the RIAS Bookshop, Rutland Square Edinburgh and exhibition venues with a retail outlet.

    ISBN- 978-1-873190-71-5 | RRP £25 |210x210mm | softback | 240pp | full colour throughout

    Category: Innovation, Architecture and Design News

  • 29 April 2016

    Big, Bold and Colourful – Spring Fling Rural Mural Welcomes the Public

    Last night saw the official launch of Spring Fling Rural Mural, the biggest, brightest and boldest project so far from the recently established Upland arts organisation.

    SFRM involved creating six large and colourful murals on three buildings in the depths of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside and three more in the urban hearts of Glasgow, Berlin and Newcastle.

    All have now been completed and the public are invited to enjoy six very different artworks in vividly contrasting locations.

    The project is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and is also intended to shine a spotlight on Spring Fling – Scotland’s premier open studios contemporary visual art and craft event, which is run by Upland.

    Guests at a special launch event at The Lighthouse, in Glasgow, saw a short film about the making of the murals and had the chance to meet members of the international arts teams that collaborated on SFRM.

    Among those present were the SFRM lead artists and project managers, Amy Whiten and Ali Wyllie, of Glasgow-based Recoat arts agency.

    Clare Hanna, Upland Director (maternity cover), said: “This has been a huge achievement – with artists from across Scotland and Europe working together to create large, colourful and fun artworks in some of the most sparsely and the most densely populated places you can think of.

    “Dumfries and Galloway has an amazing artistic community and one of our aims, through projects like SFRM and the Spring Fling weekend itself, is to provide a showcase for all that talent.

    “We hope that people in Glasgow, Berlin and Newcastle will enjoy the murals we have gifted to them. We also look forward to welcoming visitors from all across the UK and Europe to visit Dumfries and Galloway for Spring Fling, and to see our rural murals here, at the end of May.

    “This was the biggest and boldest project that Upland has run since it was established last year and shows just how ambitious we are to spread the word about the excellence of visual art and craft in our region.”  

    The key theme of SFRM is “exchange”. This has involved exchange of places and sites and of skills and ideas, bringing together some high-calibre established and emerging artists from south-west Scotland with some of the best mural artists practicing today.

    The Spring Fling weekend will see 94 artists and makers across Dumfries and Galloway throw open their doors to the public from 28 to 30 May. 

    Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council Events Champion, said: “Dumfries and Galloway is the inspiration for many superb artists and craft makers and Spring Fling’s Rural Murals showcase beautifully the chemistry that can exist between artist and landscape.

    “We may be a rural region but we are completely outward looking in our attempts to promote Dumfries and Galloway and welcome cultural tourists. The council is committed to creating the right conditions for artists to flourish here and I hope many people can take a road trip to visit this wonderful trio of murals.”

    SFRM is supported by EventScotland, a team within VisitScotland’s Events Directorate and by Creative Scotland.

    Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “Spring Fling Rural Mural is an ambitious project to promote the expertise of the artists and makers of Scotland’s south west to a wider audience than ever before, and we are delighted to support the event once more in our Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

    “We hope that, engaged by the murals in Dumfries and Galloway itself, as well as those in prominent positions in Glasgow, Newcastle and Berlin, as many people as possible are encouraged to make the trip to Scotland for what is set to be another outstanding Spring Fling event in 2016.”

    The artists and the sites in Dumfries and Galloway:

    The Mossburn Animal Centre, Hightae. On the side of a large, stone farm building at this centre for ill-treated and abandoned animals. It is visible from B7020. The creators were Berlin-based arts duo 44flavours (Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle from Germany) and Dumfries and Galloway visual artist Rory Laycock.

    Meiklewood Farm, Ringford, Castle Douglas. Tellas, from Rome, teamed up with Kirkcudbright-based Morag Macpherson to create a mural on a large steading near the A75.

    • Craigdarroch Arms Hotel, Moniaive. Amy Whiten and Ali Wyllie from Recoat collaborated with Morag Paterson from near Thornhill. Their mural is on a gable end at a pub renowned for hosting arts events.

    The artists and the sites in the cities:

    Berlin: 44flavours and Rory Laycock, created a five-storey mural at Kurfürstenstraβe 15/16 2. Hinterhof Rechts 10785. The inspiration for the work was imagined flags for a world without borders.

    Glasgow: Recoat worked with Morag Paterson to paint another five-storey work, this time in The Barras, which shows city skylines and flying geese – the inspiration is the interconnectedness of the world today. It can be seen at On the Corner, 253-257 London Road.

    Newcastle: Tellas, from Rome, and Morag Macpherson created their own large-scale work at the Toffee Factory, Lower Streenbergs Yard, Keyside, Walker Road, Ouseburn.

    Spring Fling has close links with Newcastle, Berlin and Glasgow, having previously held events and exhibitions in all three cities.

    Visitors to Spring Fling can also still see some of the 2014 murals. The original project included created artists like 1010 and Will Barras.

    Category: International Events

  • 28 April 2016

    PIPING LIVE! CELEBRATES THE ‘MOMENTS THAT MATTER’ 2016 HEADLINERS REVEALED TODAY

    Piping Live! Glasgow International Piping Festival, the world’s biggest week of piping, will return to Glasgow from 8th – 14th August, 2016. The festival headliners was unveiled today by projection mapping a series of incredible images onto the National Piping Centre.

    All images were crowdsourced via Piping Live!’s social media channels to celebrate the fact that Scotland’s national instrument has provided the soundtrack for so many of life’s big moments throughout history. From marching onto the battlefield to the mesmerising opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, to wedding ceremonies and funerals; bringing in the New Year, to celebrating Scottish heritage the world over – bagpipes are always at the heart of huge moments.  Everyone has an emotional reaction when they hear the pipes begin to play – whether that be joy, sadness, nostalgia or hope – making the instrument like no other.

    Festival organisers brought the images to life by having a lone piper perform a haunting medley of the best known tunes in front of the projection, before inviting the public to enjoy this year’s big moment – Piping Live!

    Now in its 13th year, Piping Live! is the biggest festival of its kind. Attracting 40,000 people from around the globe each year to watch over 5000 international pipers perform at 150 events across the city.

    Some of the hottest names in traditional music will perform this year, including RURA, Anxo Lorenzo, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton and the world famous Red Hot Chilli Pipers.

    Band performances will take place in George Square and on the steps of The Royal Concert Hall.  The annual Pipe Idol competition and fan favourite, the International Quartets competition will return to the festival, while the Pipers Market’ will be back in George Square, providing the best fresh and local food and drink from across Scotland.

     The weekend will also see the most important piping competition in the world take place in Glasgow for the 30th consecutive year, as The World Pipe Band Championships returns on 12th and 13th August. Each year 8,000 pipers from more than 200 countries travel to Glasgow Green to compete to be named best in the world for piping and this year will see Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band defend their title after becoming the first Scottish band to win the coveted title in more than a decade.

     Roddy MacLeod, Festival Director of Piping Live!, said: “Bagpipes strike an emotional chord with people all over the world. There’s no other instrument that can make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck quite like the pipes. From major historical events, to personal moments like weddings and graduations, to shared moments of triumph like the Commonwealth Games or a cup final – bagpipes have set the scene for so many powerful memories at home and throughout the world.

     This year’s line-up is all about celebrating the rich history and international diversity of the bagpipes while heralding the future with some of the most exciting new players in the traditional music scene.”

     Ross Ainslie, performing at this year’s Piping Live!, said: “Piping has allowed me to travel all over the world and make a career out of something I love. Some of my earliest memories in piping were listening to Gordon Duncan's "Just for Seumas" album on the way to practices with the the Vale of Atholl Pipe Band in Pitlochry and I’ve been completely inspired in the music since. Piping Live! is a great week for catching up with pals old and new.”

     Paul Bush OBE, VisitScotland’s Director of Events, said: “We are delighted to support Piping Live! in 2016, an event which promotes this incredibly significant aspect of Scottish history and culture.  The pipes are recognised the world over as a symbol of Scotland and we are excited at the prospect of venues across the city of Glasgow coming alive to the sound of songs new and old for the week-long festival in August.”

     Joe Aitken, Head of Major Events at Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “Every year, tens of thousands of people from across the UK and overseas are drawn to Glasgow in August as the city becomes the epicentre of world piping. Piping Live! is at the heart of that attraction, providing visitors with the opportunity to experience a truly spectacular week of superb traditional Scottish music and culture. As the festival enters its 13th year, its continuing popularity reflects the quality and diversity of the programme while reinforcing Glasgow’s reputation as a world-class major events destination.”

    Tickets for Piping Live! are on sale Saturday 30th April at 9.00am and available by logging onto www.pipinglive.co.uk 

    Category: International Events

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