NVA progress St Peter’s Seminary vision
May 10 2011
This heralds the start of a two year fundraising plan to raise £10m toward an extensive public arts programme will see the ruins of St Peter’s Seminary, designed in the 1960’s by Gillespie Kidd & Coia, consolidated and partially restored in a bid to bring internal spaces back into cultural and educational use and rejuvenate 140 acres of adjoining woodland.
NVA are in process of developing a masterplan for the estate, which will be completed over the summer, following a number of failed attempts to find a commercial solution for the site.
Angus Farquhar, NVA Creative Director, explained: ‘The opportunity to purchase Kilmahew/St Peter’s concludes years of speculation about the seminary buildings and marks the beginning of a new future for the site and the many people for whom it has significance. We envisage the first permanent artist-led space of its type in the UK. A new form of generative public art that develops work from a long term creative dialogue with the users and radically accepts the value of the building in its current form expanding an ’unfinished’ narrative that will change over time.’
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