Glasgow-based environmental arts charity NVA has been given the go-ahead to commission plans for temporary and permanent artworks at St. Peter’s Seminary and Kilmahew Woodlands, Cardross
It is hoped the exhibition, funded by the Scottish Arts Council will kick-start the recovery for the Kilmahew estate and surrounding woodland, which covers 120 acres and is currently abandoned. St. Peter’s Seminary was recently added to the ‘100 most endangered sites’ list of the World Monuments Fund.
The UK developer Urban Splash has been working closely with Gareth Hoskins architects, the Archdiocese of Glasgow and Historic Scotland to explore the options for the reuse of the derelict seminary buildings and wider estate.
St.Peter’s seminary is considered an icon of post-war architecture. It was commissioned by the Archbishop of Glasgow in 1958 and completed in 1966 serving time as a teaching college for the Catholic Church before being closed in 1980. It was designed by architects Isi Metzstein and Andy McMillan, who ran Gillespie, Kidd and Coia.
Patrick Sheridan, project director for Urban Splash said ‘The site has a remarkable history and we think it can have a bright and interesting future while securing the future of one of Scotland’s most important listed buildings. NVA have delivered exciting projects over the last 17 years and we look forward to continue working with them on developing options for the wider site strategy.’