Current Exhibitions

CHRISTINE BORLAND – TO THE POWER OF TWELVE
SATURDAY 23RD JUNE – SUNDAY 18TH NOVEMBER 2018 

Christine Borland is returning to Mount Stuart, having been one of the first artists invited to respond to the historic house and its collections in 2003. This year, with the centenary of the WWI armistice, it is timely that she returns to Mount Stuart, inspired by its history as a WWI naval hospital.

to The Power of Twelve will comprise an inter-related series of new works making reference to lesser-known histories of the Great War and particular aspects of Mount Stuart’s wartime role.

This exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

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Past Exhibitions

ART OF POWER 
MASTERPIECES FROM THE BUTE COLLECTION
31 MARCH 2017 – 14 JANUARY 2018*

Art of Power was an exciting new collaborative exhibition, split across two venues, The Hunterian, Glasgow and Mount Stuart.

This two venue exhibition offered a unique opportunity to see major paintings from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart, one of the foremost private collections in the UK.

The exhibition revealed a selection of rarely-seen masterpieces collected by the fascinating Enlightenment figure, John Stuart, Third Earl of Bute (1713-1792). After retiring from politics, Bute amassed a great art collection, which was particularly renowned for its Dutch and Flemish paintings.

 

STEVEN CLAYDON – THE ARCHIPELAGO OF CONTENTED PEOPLES: INTRODUCED SPECIES
3 JUNE – 29 OCTOBER 2017

In 2017 Steven Claydon  presented a solo exhibition as part of our ongoing Contemporary Visual Arts Programme. The exhibition took place throughout the grounds and house; bringing new sensibilities to familiar locations as well as those less well known. In his layered response to Mount Stuart and Bute, Claydon has been drawing equivalences between the islands of the Pacific and the Scottish isles.

Mount Stuart has been working in collaboration with The Common Guild, Glasgow to bring Claydon’s work to Scotland; following his nomination for the inaugural Hepworth Prize in 2016. “The Archipelago of Contented Peoples: Endurance Groups” runs at The Common Guild through 9 July.

Steven Claydon said, “The wealth of material in the Mount Stuart archives, gardens and buildings forms a formidable arsenal of subject matter that is firmly rooted in Scottish history and politics, religious identity and eclectic architectural vernacular. For me, it is the sum accumulation of these often contradictory details that lend Mount Stuart its potency.”

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