Coming soon: 2020 Contemporary Visual Arts Programme

16th December 2019

Coming soon: 2020 Contemporary Visual Arts Programme

We're excited to announce our upcoming Contemporary Visual Arts Programme for 2020 which will include solo exhibitions from Ilana Halperin in the spring and Abbas Akhavan in the summer. Our successful Emerging Artist Residency, now in its third year, will continue in the autumn.

Ilana Halperin

For her solo exhibition, There’s A Volcano Behind My House, Ilana Halperin will direct her focus in creating works inspired by the geology of the island of Bute where she now spends much of her time. Situated throughout the house these works on paper and sculpture will reference ‘immigrant’ minerals embedded in the fabric of the building, as well as geologic phenomena found on the island. A textile work will be made in conjunction with Bute Fabrics. Halperin explores the relationship between industrial and natural processes and reflects on the heritage of the Victorian brick works, which once operated on the island. Dates will shortly be announced for two performative lectures during the exhibition, which will take place in an ancient volcanic crater on Bute. Concurrently Patricia Fleming Projects will host a companion exhibition, Excerpts From the Library, during Glasgow International 2020.

There’s A Volcano Behind My House will be postponed until 2021.

Abbas Akhavan

Abbas Akhavan’s international reputation has been formed in Canada, Germany, USA, UAE, Colombia, Turkey, Ireland and England and this commission will introduce audiences in Scotland to his work. Akhavan’s practice has been deeply influenced by the specificity of particular sites in which he engages with architectures, economies and taxonomies. His work addresses social, economic and political concerns through the lens of ecology, animal and plant life. Following his habitual pattern of on-site research he will spend time on Bute over 2020. Working with natural and ancient materials he will realise a large installation of site-specific works exploring the history of Mount Stuart and its landscape. An associated talk and educational programme accompanies the exhibition.

Abbas Akhavan’s exhibition will be postponed until 2021.

Artist in residency

From November 2020 to January 2021 Mount Stuart will invite an artist at the start of their career to take up residency on Bute. Now in its third year, this residency creates an opportunity for emerging artists whose practice is rooted in social engagement, providing support at an early stage in their career. An open call for the residency will be made in late spring followed by a panel selection.

For further information on our 2020 programme please contact Morven Gregor on