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.

Visual Arts 2018: to The Power of Twelve

For 2018 Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce to The Power of Twelve, a solo exhibition by Christine Borland.

Saturday 23rd June until Sunday 18th November.

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.

Read the full press release here.

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

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Emerging Artist Residency in Socially Engaged Practice

Open Call

Mount Stuart Trust’s Visual Arts Programme has an international reputation. With seventeen years experience of working with established artists, we are now expanding the programme and seeking to work with artists at an earlier stage in their careers. We want to ensure the residency benefits island communities and to this end the residency will focus on socially engaged practice.

This new, specialist opportunity will give an emerging artist time and space to explore their practice in response to one particular location and group of their choice.

To find out more download the information pack below and to apply please send:

  • CV, including two referees
  • letter of application demonstrating your previous commitment to socially engaged practice and an outline of how you might approach working on Bute and any particular sector you would hope to engage with
  • 6 images of work

to Morven Gregor, Mount Stuart Trust, Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, PA20 9LR or email

Please note the deadline for applications has been extended to 14th July 2018

The successful candidate will be announced on 20th August 2018


You can view a small selection of the works we have exhibited in the slideshow below and read up on all our previous artists in our archive.

Visual Artists

You can view details of every exhibition we’ve hosted in our archive below.

Artists Archive