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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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 Friday 16th 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.

A book to accompany the exhibition will be available from August 13th 2018. To pre-order a copy email:

Read the full press release here and view a selection of press shots below.

Watch a short video by Connolly Clark Films about to The Power of Twelve here.

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

Visual Artists

You can view details of every exhibition we’ve hosted in our archive below from Kate Whiteford in 2001 to Steven Claydon in 2017.

Artists Archive