Visual Arts Programme
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.
We are delighted to announce that our 2020 Contemporary Visual Arts Exhibitions, which had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, have been re-scheduled for 2021! Find out more about our 2021 programme here.
Ilana Halperin: There Is A Volcano Behind My House, 8 May – 15 August 2021
Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Ilana Halperin launching in spring 2021. The artist will create works inspired by the geology of the island of Bute where she now spends much of her time. Situated throughout the house, four distinct yet contiguous series of sculptures, works on paper and textile will reference ‘immigrant’ minerals embedded in the fabric of the building, as well as geologic phenomena found on the island. Halperin describes this work as a constellation combining personal, poetic and corporeal responses to the house and island.
The exhibition will launch online on 8 May and will run, in line with government guidelines, in person at Mount Stuart from 6 June - 15 August.
Find out more here.
Ilana Halperin, watercolour field study, photograph by Alan Dimmick
Martin Boyce: An Inn For Phantoms Of The Outside And In
In 2019 we welcomed Martin Boyce to Mount Stuart to create a work inspired by the memory of a tennis court long since dismantled. His installation An Inn For Phantoms Of The Outside And In remains on view in our grounds.
Find out more about Martin's exhibition 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.
You can purchase the book accompanying the exhibition 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.The Archives