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Thank You Scotland: Hinterland

NVA’s Hinterland is the latest project to be featured in a series of specially commissioned films highlighting the breadth and depth of National Lottery arts funding in Scotland.

Hinterland was the official launch event of the Festival of Architecture 2016, celebrating the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. Fifty years on since the building opened, Scotland’s greatest modernist ruin, St Peter’s Seminary, was reanimated at night and opened to the public for the first time. Hinterland revealed the full glory of the towering concrete ruin, combining moving light installations and projection with a haunting choral soundscape.

Hinterland was produced by the Glasgow based public art organisation NVA on behalf of Kilmahew / St Peter’s Limited. NVA's long term plans will rescue this outstanding example of 20th century architecture and bring it back into productive use as a national platform for public art and knowledge exchange.

Hinterland received £50,000 from Creative Scotland with latest figures revealing that over £33.7 million of National Lottery funding was allocated last year (2015/2016) to Scottish arts projects.


One of the project’s volunteers and creative mentees, artist Victoria Evans, shares her story in the short film to thank National Lottery players for their support.

She said: “I was involved in Hinterland as a volunteer first of all and then as the mentee on their projection mapping mentorship.

“It’s often easy to try things that we already know about. I think what the arts can do is it can take us somewhere we don’t understand and we don’t know about. Therefore challenge us to think differently about things.

“This has been an experience which has touched so many people and a lot of visitors have got to experience something completely different and I think it’s been really worthwhile.”

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This article was published on 10 Nov 2016