St Peter’s Seminary is a world-renowned embodiment of brutalist architecture in Cardross, Scotland. Built within a forest in 1966, it was originally used as a Seminary for Catholic priests. After a steep decline in student numbers (and a brief life as a drug rehabilitation centre) it closed entirely in 1987 before being fully abandoned in 1992. In 2019, after several years of negotiations between various parties to safeguard and restore the A-listed building, the Scottish Government conceded that it was not financially viable to maintain, and put the building into “curated decay” - a euphemism for managing its gradual deterioration and ultimate demise. Perhaps also a suitable metaphor for human existence.
Taken on 35mm film, a selection of my work from the site is due to appear as part of two group exhibitions in 2020 about the Seminary. First, in Edinburgh, during the annual arts festival, and subsequently, in autumn, as the first exhibition of a new, artist-run gallery in south London; alongside the work of painters, printmakers, sculptors and conceptual artists who have all responded to the building in a unique way.