WITH major funding now in place, construction works will begin at St Peter's at Cardross later this year.
Instead of attempting to turn back time and restore the building to its former glory, the NVA approach will accept the loss and ruination that has happened over the last 30 years as an important part of its story.
They will consolidate much of the building in its current state to create an intentional modernist ruin. The former chapel will be partially restored as a multi-functional events space, and the original ziggurat roof light which stood above the altar will be reinstated.
Path networks will be re-established in the woodland and we will begin to grow native and exotic plant species to gradually bring the landscape back to life.
They will soon be looking for volunteers to help them to restore the beautiful woodland surrounding St Peter's. Anyone interested in getting involved, please sign up for a volunteering account at volunteer.nva.org.uk.
Although construction does not start until later in the year, St Peter's is already providing a platform for artists and cultural producers to make inspiring new work.
Scottish Ballet recently launched their Digital Season with a short dance film set in the derelict seminary. 'What Dreams We Have' is directed by David Eustace and performed by principal dancer Sophie Martin.
The film centres on a dance performance by a mythical songbird, juxtaposing Martin's beauty and grace against the decaying brutalist architecture of St Peter's.