Doors Open Day at St Peter's

Sat. 23 - Sun. 24 Sep 2017  



Explore the ruins of St Peter's Seminary. This is a rare opportunity to visit Scotland's most iconic modernist building in its raw and ruined state.

Explore the ruins of St Peter’s Seminary during Doors Open Day.

Walk through the abandoned chapel, find yourself in a graffiti artists’ paradise and try to imagine what life might have been like for the young men who lived here during the 1960s. This is a rare opportunity to visit Scotland’s most iconic modernist building in its raw and ruined state.

Built as a college to train Catholic priests in the 1960s, the Seminary was only in use for 14 years and has been abandoned for decades. It is celebrated worldwide as a masterpiece of modernist architecture and its decay has only added to its otherworldly charm.

About to be reclaimed by NVA as an arts venue and visitor attraction, this is your chance to visit St Peter’s before construction begins.

Free tickets for the walked tours will be released on Tuesday 29 August. Places limited, advance booking essential.


Meeting Point: Cardross Train Station
Station Road
United Kingdom

Saturday 23 September 2017
Tour start times: 10.00, 11.00, 12.30, 13.30, 15.00, 16.00

Sunday 24 September 2017
Tour start times: 10.10, 11.10, 12.40, 13.40, 15.10, 16.10

Please note, St Peter's is a derelict building and access is limited. This is an outdoor walked tour which will involve walking a a total distance of approximately 2 miles over mixed terrain, including inclines, uneven terrain, steps, stairs and muddy underfoot conditions. Sturdy comfortable footwear and warm weather proof clothing will be required.

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Organised by

15 North Claremont Street
United Kingdom

Our mission is to make powerful public art that reaffirms people’s connection to their built and natural heritage.

The company has produced many unusual and dynamic interventions in extraordinary landscapes over the last 20 years – light, sound and collective movement have been incorporated into the mountains of Skye, city lighting festivals and international cultural events including the 2012 Olympics and the Tour de France – Grand Depart in Yorkshire in 2014. Our practice uses creative learning and environmental innovation, involving audiences in physically redefining urban and rural settings, revealing how places shape and are shaped by people.

Permanent works, which often regenerate broken landscapes, include the resuscitation of St Peter’s Seminary as the world’s first intentional modernist ruin, to deliver a new model for rural arts and heritage development. The Hidden Gardens, Scotland’s first sanctuary garden dedicated to peace, was founded in 2002 and has become a much valued part of Glasgow’s cultural life.

Speed of Light and Ghost Peloton are large-scale collaborative public art events. Each live performance generates original film and photography of endurance runners and cyclists in programmable light suits. A continuing world tour has responded to hillsides in Scotland, docklands in Japan, reformed urban sites in England, and the vast industrial landscapes of the Ruhr in Germany.

NVA is an acronym of ‘nacionale vita activa’, expressing the Ancient Greek ideal of a lively democracy, where actions and words shared among equals bring new thinking into the world.