As St Bride’s Church undergoes its own renovation, join us for a discussion about another iconic Gillespie, Kidd and Coia designed building and the ways in which it is being transformed for the future. In St Peter’s, Cardross, architectural historian Diane Watters and Angus Farquhar, Creative Director of the Glasgow-based arts organisation NVA, tell the fascinating story of the short-lived (1966-79) Catholic seminary that has been called both the best and the worst Scottish building of the 20th century. Derelict for years, it will soon be brought into renewed use as a cultural space by NVA.
Diane M Watters is an architectural historian at Historic Environment Scotland and teaches at the University of Edinburgh. A specialist in 19th and 20th century architecture and conservation in Scotland, she has undertaken a succession of research based publications and is currently researching the history of Edinburgh’s school architecture. Angus Farquhar has been Creative Director of NVA – one of the UK’s most noted independent public arts organisations – since its inception in 1992.