Kilmahew / St Peter's 

Public art charity NVA has produced ambitious plans to reclaim St Peter's Seminary and the surrounding woodland in Cardross, Argyll and Bute. The building and landscape will be repurposed as a visitor attraction and major new venue for public art, debate and learning. With confirmed funding now in place from Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Creative Scotland, we will soon be able to start work on site.

The ruins of St Peter's Seminary will be consolidated and the former chapel will be partially restored as a multi-functional events space. Pathways through the woodland will be re-established, making it possible to access the fascinating histories of the landscape and the people who have lived and worked there over the last 500 years. Over the next few years, we will gradually begin to see this remarkable place brought back to life.

When the venue opens, St Peter's will host a lively programme of events and activities, and providing a playground for both renowned cultural organisations and emerging artists.

We will soon begin our volunteering programme in the lead up to the official opening of St Peter's. To be kept up to date with opportunities, please register for a volunteering account.


About NVA

We make powerful public art in diverse landscapes, strengthening people's connection to their built and natural surroundings. By physically involving participants in our artworks, we reveal how places shape – and are shaped by – people.

We have incorporated light, sound and collective movement into the mountains of Skye, city lighting festivals and international cultural events, including the London 2012 Olympics and the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in 2014. Our internationally touring public artworks, Speed of Light and Ghost Peloton, have responded to hillsides in Scotland, docklands in Japan, reformed urban sites in England and the vast industrial landscapes of the Ruhr in Germany.

Our permanent works include The Hidden Gardens, Scotland’s first sanctuary garden dedicated to peace, which was founded in Glasgow in 2002. We are currently working to reclaim St Peter’s Seminary, a ruined modernist building on the west coast of Scotland, to create a visitor attraction and cultural venue.

NVA is an acronym of ‘nacionale vita activa’, expressing the Ancient Greek ideal of a lively democracy, where actions and words shared among equals bring new thinking into the world.

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