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Visual Arts Programme

Embracing ambition

A powerhouse of creative activity, we host a variety of events and exhibitions throughout the year to pique your curiosity. This wouldn’t be possible without the welcoming, nurturing environment we create for artists. Mount Stuart has always been a place of innovation. A place where people have asked ‘What if?’ We encourage all the artists we work with to do the same.

Martin Boyce: An Inn For Phantoms Of The Outside And In

26th May - 31st January

Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Martin Boyce this summer.

Inspired by the memory of a tennis court long since dismantled, his ongoing interest in abandoned and disused spaces is awakened.

Martin Boyce: An Inn For Phantoms Of The Outside And In, 2019

The original court is undocumented, a relic from the 1970’s, and continues his exploration of sites in between use and misuse: “one place shipwrecked within another”.

An Inn For Phantoms Of The Outside And In will remain open during the winter so you can experience the work through the changing seasons. Garden tickets can be purchased after 27 October by calling 01700 503 877.

Find out more in our Press Release here.

Martin joined Sophie Crichton Stuart, Director of our Visual Arts Programme, in conversation to discuss his work at Mount Stuart. You can read a transcript of their discussion here.


Our Visual Arts Programme

We have been working with established artists for 18 years, and earned ourselves an international reputation. We now also work with artists in the early stages of their careers, helping them to find their feet and grow their artistic skills. The result is a diverse range of inspiring exhibitions.

Created in 2001, the Mount Stuart Contemporary Visual Arts Programme presents work by significant Scottish and international artists. The programme invites contemporary artists to bring new perspectives to the extraordinary Neo-Gothic mansion, its collections and location. Complementing each exhibition is a programme of events, publications and educational activities.

Commissioned artists have included; Kate Whiteford, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Christine Borland, Langlands & Bell, Anya Gallaccio, Nathan Coley, Lee Mingwei, Lucy Skaer, Kate Davis, Lorna Macintyre, Steven Claydon and Whitney McVeigh.

We extend our reach beyond Bute through relationships with writers and organisations including; The Common Guild, The Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh, GENERATION and The Modern Institute.

Through commissioning artists Mount Stuart Trust aims to add value and vibrancy to the historical context of Mount Stuart and reinvigorate dialogue and enquiry.

Nathan Coley, Camouflage Mosque, 2006

Steven Claydon, A Gathering of Vessels (Introduced Species), 2017

Whitney McVeigh, Way of Life, 2019

Visual Arts Archive

Over the years, we have welcomed a number of visual artists to Mount Stuart. Take a look through our archives.

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Plan your visit

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What's On

Contemporary Visual Arts Insight Tour

Monthly on the second Friday of the month, from Sep 13, 2019 until Sep 17, 2020

SatArtDay's with Mount Stuart

Monthly on the last Saturday of the month, from Sep 28, 2019 until Nov 30, 2019