2019 sees Mount Stuart expand their Visual Arts Programme with two exhibitions from Whitney McVeigh and Martin Boyce and the continuation of their Emerging Artist Residency.
What is Worthwhile Doing in this World
Preview 16 March, exhibition continues to 21 April 2019
Bringing the Bute archive into the public domain, McVeigh focuses on intimate traces of Gwendolen Crichton Stuart (3rd Marchioness of Bute) and Augusta Crichton Stuart (4th Marchioness of Bute). She presents curated assemblages of archive material and objects, together with her own open letter and texts addressed to the public reader and placed throughout the house. The title of the exhibition is taken from a lecture given by Lady Augusta to the North Bute Literary Society in 1934, and forms the basis of a sound installation recorded in collaboration with actor Maureen Beattie.
Whitney McVeigh is represented by Eykyn Maclean in New York and Mimmo Scognamiglio in Milan.
Preview 25 May, exhibition continues to 3 November 2019
Martin Boyce presents a major commission in the landscaped grounds of Mount Stuart. Inspired by the memory of a tennis court long since dismantled, his ongoing interest in abandoned and disused landscape is awakened. The court is close to fiction, undocumented, a relic from the 1970’s. Boyce reconsiders and recomposes the structure. Connecting with previous works such as the iconic 2002 Tramway installation Our Love is Like the Flowers, the Rain, the Sea and the Hours, Boyce continues his exploration of spaces in between use and misuse, intention and subsequent being. His intention for Mount Stuart is to involve fragments of these landscapes, an abstracted sense of place rather than a literal description: “one place shipwrecked within another”.
Martin Boyce is represented by The Modern Institute, Glasgow.
Emerging Artist Residency
November 2019 – January 2020
This new residency, inaugurated in 2018, creates an opportunity for emerging artists whose practice is rooted in social engagement, providing support at an early stage in their career. The residency focuses on benefiting the island’s communities, while giving time and space for the artist to explore their practice in response to a particular location and group of their choice. The selection process is managed by a panel following an open call in June 2019.