Mount Stuart Trust Announces 2021 Contemporary Visual Arts Programme: 20th Anniversary Year

16th December 2020

Mount Stuart Trust Announces 2021 Contemporary Visual Arts Programme: 20th Anniversary Year

We are delighted to announce that our 2020 Contemporary Visual Arts Exhibitions, which had to be cancelled due to Covid-19, have been re-scheduled for 2021.

Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way: Gather And Arrange, 6 September – 31 October 2021

Mount Stuart Trust is pleased to announce Gather And Arrange, a new collaboration with artists Sheelagh Boyce and Annabelle Harty, known together as Arrange Whatever Pieces Come Your Way.

This will include an exhibition of quilted works by the artists presented across the historic house, and a project working with island communities on Bute to weave their own stories into newly created quilted pieces, also to be displayed in the house. A third element of the project will see the artists making and constructing a large scale tablecloth to cover the dining room table in the Dining Room at Mount Stuart.

Please note the date of this exhibition has changed due to the escalating covid-19 situation on the island. All being well, we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 6th September 2021.

Ilana Halperin: There is a Volcano Behind My House: 8 May– 16 August 2021

For this major new commission Ilana Halperin directs her focus to works inspired by the geology of the island of Bute where she now spends much of her time. Situated throughout the house, sculpture and works on paper make reference to ‘immigrant’ minerals embedded in the fabric of the building, as well as geologic phenomena found on the island.

A textile work has been made in conjunction with fabric designer and producer Bute Fabrics. Alongside the exhibition, Mount Stuart and Patricia Fleming Gallery are working together with Halperin to develop Excerpts from The Library: An Audio Field Guide, which will be available to listen to and download online. The piece will also feature contributions from Dr. Andrew Patrizio and artist Veronika Geiger. Presented as part of Glasgow International 2021, the field guide builds on Halperin’s narrative performative lectures to tell a new story of love, lava, loss and the unexpected journeys that we now find ourselves on together. Leading from the Fossil Grove in Glasgow, deep into the exhibition at Mount Stuart and on to a quiet volcanic basin nearby, listeners are invited to embark on this domestic geologic field excursion.

The exhibition will launch online on 8 May and will run, in line with government guidelines, in person at Mount Stuart from 6 June - 16 August.

Emerging Artist Residency: February-March 2021
This residency is now in its third iteration, creating an opportunity for emerging artists, whose practice is rooted in social engagement. An Open Call for applications closed on 4th December and the successful candidate, Kaya Fraser, was announced in January 2021. Find out more here.

Martin Boyce: An Inn For Phantoms Of The Outside And In: All year
Boyce’s major sculptural installation in the grounds of Mount Stuart will have its run extended throughout 2021. Returning to nature over a period of months and now years, the work echoes the rhythm of the seasons, meriting repeated, physical encounters.

For further information and press images please contact:
Morven Gregor: or
Charlotte Rogers:

Up-to-date Covid-19 compliant guidelines will be reviewed and issued to visitors immediately prior to the exhibitions.