Visual Arts Programme

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.

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.

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Whitney McVeigh: What is Worthwhile Doing in this World

16 March – 26 April 2019

Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Whitney McVeigh this spring as part of its expanded Contemporary Visual Arts Programme.

McVeigh reaches into the Bute Archive, traditionally the realm of a patriarchal narrative, and focuses on intimate traces of the history of women in the house, in particular Gwendolen Crichton Stuart, 3rd Marchioness of Bute (1854-1932) and Augusta Crichton Stuart DBE, 4th Marchioness of Bute (1880-1947). The exhibition is an opportunity to bring the archive into the public space, an encounter that alludes to layers of time and celebrates our universality.

Read our full press release here.

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

Emerging Artist Residency

Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce Malcolm Mackenzie as the successful candidate for this new residency. In creating an opportunity for emerging artists, Mount Stuart is expanding its ongoing Contemporary Visual Arts Programme to support an artist at an early stage in their career whose practice is rooted in social engagement. The residency is supported by Creative Scotland.

Malcolm Mackenzie was born in Broadford on the Isle of Skye and grew up in Plockton, Wester Ross, where he still lives. He graduated from Glasgow School of Art this year with BA Hons First Class in Sculpture & Environmental Art.

Mackenzie is interested in place, community and understanding the changing nature of Scotland’s rural areas. He said, “Personal contradictions drive my practice and explore the challenges faced by these fragile areas when considering both the need to protect them as places for solitude and wilderness, and a real and pressing need to develop and consider new opportunities beyond tourism, enabling rural communities to compete and survive in an increasingly populated, connected and globalised world.”

On Bute he proposes to start the residency by making himself available to the island community; offering his labour in exchange for sharing favourite walks and special places that islanders cherish. This introduction will lead to a mapping of stories, memories, walks and areas of interest. He adds, “The residency programme takes place at a time of year, when the tourists have gone home and work on the land has slowed down – this is important as it allows me to get to the core ‘community’ rather than the visitors’ view.”

Explore some highlights from Malcolm’s project so far in the gallery below.

Visual Artists

You can view details of every exhibition we’ve hosted in our archive below from Kate Whiteford in 2001 to Christine Borland in 2018.

Artists Archive