Hinterland marked the official launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016, as a key highlight in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. From 18-27 March 2016, audiences discovered and rediscovered St Peter’s Seminary, Scotland’s most iconic modernist ruin. Produced by public art organisation NVA, Hinterland revealed the full glory of the towering concrete ruin, combining moving light installations and projection with a haunting choral soundscape by composer Rory Boyle.
Hinterland presented an open manifesto for the ground-breaking creative work that will be programmed at St Peter’s Seminary from 2019 onwards. Amidst the overwhelming public response to the event and the announcement of £4.2 million in funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland to allow NVA to progress ambitious plans to save the building, the final evening of Hinterland served less as a conclusion and more as a starting point for a promising future for St Peter’s Seminary.
The long-term plans will rescue, restore and reclaim this outstanding example of 20th century architecture and bring it back into productive use as a national platform for public art and world-class heritage destination. An innovative approach to heritage conservation will combine consolidation of the ruin with partial restoration and new design, creating the world’s first intentional modernist ruin. The building and landscape will become a dramatic setting for public art and debate that speaks back to the world and finds relevance and use for bold and creative thinking.