Visit Hinterland at Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016

Semi ancient forest surrounding St Peters Seminary by Al Smith, courtesy of NVA

Semi ancient forest surrounding St Peters Seminary by Al Smith, courtesy of NVA

Experience the atmospheric wonder of an extraordinary nocturnal art event to mark the launch of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture 2016.

From 18th-27th March 2016, you’re invited to attend the special installation at St Peter’s seminary, in Cardross, Argyll & Bute.

Presented by Glasgow-based public art charity NVA, the event is expected to be a key highlight of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Visualisation of St Peters Seminary interior by James Johnson, courtesy of NVA.jpg

Visualisation of St Peters Seminary interior by James Johnson, courtesy of NVA

As dusk falls to darkness amongst semi-ancient woodland on the Firth of Clyde, Hinterland welcomes you to discover one of Scotland’s most iconic 20th century buildings, transformed using sound and light to symbolise its rise out of monumental ruination into a new creative life, fifty years after the modernist masterpiece was built.

With you moving through the seminary as the protagonist of the structure’s reinvention, the skeletal concrete structure will be subtly re-animated with monochromatic lighting, projection and a specially commissioned choral work by composer Rory Boyle, performed by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir from the University of St Andrews.

Sounds entrancing, doesn’t it?

Visualisation of St Peters Seminary by James Johnson, courtesy of NVA

Visualisation of Hinterland by James Johnson, courtesy of NVA

Hinterland is a creative collaboration between director Angus Farquhar, designer James Johnson, composer Rory Boyle, University of St Andrews Music Centre and St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, lighting director Phil Supple, creative studio NOVAK Collective, who provided projection design, as well as Dav Bernard, Zephyr Liddell, Robbie Thomson & Pete Sach from 85A art collective, who created the installations. Quite the cross-platform cultural mix!

The event opens on 18 March 2016 and runs to 27 March 2016. Find out more and buy tickets at

Step into Submergence

Ever wondered what it would feel like to step inside a computer? Apparently not as different to the 1982 movie Tron as you might expect! Last night saw UK premiere of an immersive art exhibition in Bristol, named Submergence and exploring this idea in the form of hundreds of light bubbles.


Like an extravagant bead curtain, the lights glimmer on and off in varying patterns and colours. It’s a bit like strolling through an aquarium where the water is breathable – fairly magical, especially if you visit after nightfall when the lights gain a shimmering intensity offset by the darkness outside.


Created by award-winning digital artists Squidsoup, Submergence was designed and developed in the UK and Norway, and has already been shown at the Geneva Mapping Festival and in Oslo.

Submergence4The installation at The Eye building, just over the footbridge from Creative Common, behind Bristol Temple Meads train station, is the only UK showing. It’s been brought to Bristol thanks to Squidsoup’s residency within Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio.

“Submergence is the latest work to emerge from Ocean of Light, a research project looking into the immersive possibilities of visual systems that occupy physical 3D space,” says Anthony Rowe, Creative Lead at Squidsoup. “More than 8,000 individually addressable points of light are suspended in a space that people can walk within, to create an experience that is abstract yet immersive, and also responsive – the lights, and therefore the space, respond to your presence.”


Watershed describe it as “a virtual world, where pixels on a screen are replaced by thousands of points of light floating in space”, it’s a truly remarkable experience, and well worth strolling down to Bristol Temple Quarter for.

Submergence is free to visit and is open to the public from six days a week (it’s closed on Mondays) at the following times: Tue–Fri 12.00 – 14.00 & 17.00 – 21.00, Sat & Sun 12.00 – 21.00, until Saturday October 12th, when it flits over to St Petersburg. Find out more.