Seminary (2012)

Seminary (2012) was created from video and sound recordings from the ruin of St Peter's Seminary in Cardross (Argyll), one of Scotland's best examples of Brutalist architecture and one of Europe's greatest Modernist buildings. Built by the Scottish Catholic Church in 1964 as a school and retreat for their trainee priests the building functioned for under twenty years and has since been left to slowly decay into the surrounding Kilmahew woodland.

Seminary 2012, Photograph David Jack Photograph: Jockel Liess

This work is the culmination of a research project created as part of NVA's Invisible College, an investigative network that links local people, world-class academics, artists, activists and writers that all take inspiration from Kilmahew Woods and St Peter's Seminary. NVA are leading a campaign to halt the processes of ruination that are soon going to bring the building past a point of no return. They currently have a capital programme in place that aims to transform the site into a base of international research and learning for Scotland.

Seminary 2012, Photograph David Jack Photograph: David Jack

With kind thanks to:
The Scottish Screen Archive
David Jack
John Levack Drever
James Bulley
Kathrine Sandys