Conference Day 1


Presentation by Hayden Lorimer (UK)

The Invisible College — Building Communities of Creative Practice at Kilmahew-St. Peters


This presentation explains how the twin forces of ruination and reinvention have been the catalyst for a range of recent art-making activities in the historic landscape of Kilmahew-St. Peters, home to Scotland’s most striking relic of architectural modernism.


Hayden Lorimer profiles the collaborative efforts of a dedicated group of artists, curators and activists in building new interest in the site through arts practice.  Hayden will also consider practical applications of this approach within the context of Aberdeen city centre: are there hidden areas in the city that could be explored and activated through art?


Hayden Lorimer is Chair of Cultural Geography at Glasgow University and active with public art group NVA. He’s been heavily involved in the St. Peter’s project at Kilmahew outside Glasgow and is resident in Aberdeen, working with approaches to story-telling, walking, running, engaging with landscapes, ruins and much else.


The Invisible College is a collaborative research network which explores how a ruinous building can be accepted as an evolving social and cultural asset. Established in 2012, The Invisible College challenges the notion that the derelict St Peter’s is valueless and that its future lies only in full restoration or complete demolition. The network explores ways of reconnecting the diverse stakeholders that have an interest in St Peter’s, including artists, writers, historians and the local community.


The Guardian: St Peter’s seminary — its ruins remade by rippling, spectral light

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