Sunday 27 March 2016 marked the final evening of what has been an incredible 10 day run of Hinterland. The event completely sold out, with 8,000 people discovering or rediscovering the iconic modernist ruin St Peter’s Seminary for the first time in 30 years. Amidst the overwhelming public response and the news of £4.2 million in funding from Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland to take forward our vision for St Peter’s Seminary and Kilmahew woods, the final evening of Hinterland served as less of a conclusion and more as a starting point for a promising future.
150 years after the original Victorian estate of Kilmahew was established, we are now in a position to start afresh. As the official launch event of Scotland’s Festival of Architecture and a key highlight in the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, Hinterland presented the creative possibilities that the revitalisation of this site will bring. The new space will become a dramatic setting for public art and debate that speaks back to the world and finds relevance and use for bold and imaginative thinking.
“It sounds like the voice of our time, seeking strength from the past, not unafraid of the future”
“Not so much a performance as a statement of intent. It is part of the long process of bringing this extraordinary abandoned space back to life and to find a new future for a building of international significance.”
“It is impossible not to be swept up in the spectacle of light and sound. ‘Brought to life’ doesn’t do justice to the work carried out by the team of artists and technicians.
Hopefully, Hinterland is a taster of the brilliant things to come.”