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OUR

MISSION

Our mission is to make powerful public

art that reconnects people to their built

and natural heritage. The work acts as a

catalyst for regeneration, attracting

investment and increasing community

confidence and cohesion.

Our name, NVA, takes its inspiration from nacionale

vita activa, the Ancient Greek ideal of a lively

democracy where actions and words, shared

amongst a community of equals, bring new thinking

into the world.

Established in Glasgow in 1992, our practice uses

creative learning and environmental innovation

to involve audiences in physically redefining

landscapes, revealing how places shape and are

shaped by people.

Our first permanent work, The Hidden Gardens, was

founded in 2002. As Scotland’s first sanctuary garden

dedicated to peace, it has become a much valued

part of Glasgow’s cultural life. Speed of Light and

Ghost Peloton are large-scale collaborative events

that use film, photography and live choreography

of endurance runners and cyclists in light suits to

bring a chosen environment to life.

The resuscitation of St Peter’s Seminary and the

surrounding woodland in Cardross will create the

world’s first intentional modernist ruin and will

become a platform for public art and knowledge

exchange. The intention is to preserve a raw sense

of otherness, excitement and revelation that will

embolden future generations of artists to make

brilliant new work in the 21st century.


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CHAIR

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Brian McLaren

Chairman NVA

I am delighted to introduce NVA’s annual

report for 2015/16. This year has been a

time of exciting change and development

for the company.

Huge steps have been made towards the realisation

of our ambitious plans for St Peter’s. The reimagining

of the site will transform one of Scotland’s most

important modernist buildings, currently in a state

of advanced ruination, into a place of creativity,

inspiration and learning. Thanks to the committed

support of key stakeholders, funding partners and

private donors, our long term plans have now moved

into the delivery phase with restoration works

commencing and Hinterland the first major public

artwork presented on site. With the appointment of

a full design team led by Avanti Architects and

dedicated staff in place the project now has real

momentum with fantastic international media interest

and a well advanced fundraising programme.

Over ten nights in March, an audience of around 8,000

people experienced the landscape and seminary

buildings subtly animated with light and a specially

commissioned soundscape. The event was a public

and critical success, selling out well in advance and

garnering widespread media coverage and 4 and 5

star reviews.

Continuing NVA’s exploration of landscape, Island

Drift marked something of a creative departure.

Instead of staging a performance or installation,

Island Drift documented the effects of movement and

light over large physical landscapes to create a

stunning series of photographic images marking the

fault line of the Highlands at Loch Lomond. Supported

by an extensive education programme with local

schools, the final artworks were presented at an

exhibition at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow

in 2015.

As ever, NVA’s work is firmly rooted in local

communities. Whether through the Island Drift

education programme, working with local cyclists

in Ghost Peloton or the ongoing programme of

community engagement around St Peter’s, the

company maintains a firm commitment to making

work that is accessible and has meaning and value

to local people.

Finally, I am pleased to welcome new board members

to the company. They bring not only valuable expertise

and knowledge, but also new energy, and will be

of tremendous support as we continue to bring

innovative work to global audiences.

In late November 2015 we restaged Ghost Peloton at

the Whisky Bond in Port Dundas, Glasgow as part

of the World LUCI (Lighting Urban Community

International) Conference and UN International Year

of Light celebrations. This work is an ambitious

collaboration between NVA and Leeds based Phoenix

Dance Theatre that transforms landscapes through a

fusion of performance cycling, athletic choreography,

film and innovative lighting technology.


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KNOWLEDGE

EXCHANGE

NVA is committed to making creativity and

learning part of everyday life. By producing

high quality, cutting edge work that is

accessible to all, we aim to stimulate ideas

and inspire creative ambition.

Marking the official launch of Scotland’s Festival of

Architecture 2016, Hinterland provided 8,000 people

with the opportunity to explore the ruins of an iconic

modernist building which had been abandoned for

more than thirty years. Creative mentorships enabled

four emerging artists to benefit from the expertise of

Hinterland’s creative team through immersive

learning experiences focused on design, lighting

design, performance and projection.

A series of new educational partnerships were

piloted through Hinterland, establishing a foundation

for long-term relationships for the future of

St Peter’s. Argyll and the Isles Coast and Countryside

Trust provided placements for six environmental

trainees on Hinterland’s Woodland Build project,

contributing towards their SQA qualifications. We also

facilitated portfolio development opportunities for

six photography students from City of Glasgow

College, granting them behind-the-scenes access to

document the event.

The work has been beautifully recorded through the

production of the Hinterland film, which will be used

to promote the site and the themes of the work

to wider audiences. The film has already been shown

at a TEDx presentation in Glasgow and is available

to view online. Further documentation will be

presented later this year at the launch of a new

Historic Environment Scotland publication entitled

St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal.

Earlier in the year, we commissioned Street Level

Photoworks to deliver the Island Drift engagement

programme. Island Drift, an immersive photographic

artwork created during the Year of Natural Scotland,

made use of moving and static light sources and

multiple camera positions to achieve a powerful set

of images articulating the Highland boundary fault

line in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National

Park. Pupils from three local primary schools took

part in sessions that explored creative photography

techniques including slow shutter speed, painting

with light, panoramas and manual focus, to capture

their own images of their local area.

Adult learners were given direct access to the

creative team involved in the making of Island Drift.

Photographer Alan McAteer led a masterclass and

night shoot at Conic Hill with BA Photography

students from Glasgow School of Art and City of

Glasgow College, and delivered a lecture to more

than 120 students. Alan, along with NVA’s Creative

Director Angus Farquhar and Associate Creative

Director James Johnson, hosted an Artists’ Talk at

Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow during the

exhibition of the work. In a discursive session, the

team provided insight into the creative development

of the work.

We continue to share our knowledge of public art and

innovative approach to heritage restoration through

participation in a wide range of talks, seminars and

lectures throughout the UK.


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CREATIVE

PLACEMAKING

NVA’s practice is deeply rooted in the idea

of public art that responds to a chosen

site and the people who live or have lived

there. We find ways to delve into a

location’s past and reveal things that are

relevant to its current evolution.

We have been working for almost a decade to

reclaim the future of St Peter’s Seminary and bring

the decaying building and its surrounding landscape

back into productive use. In March 2016, we produced

Hinterland, the inaugural event on site, generating

significant public awareness of our plans for the site.

The event sold out, drawing more than 8,000 people

to Helensburgh across the ten days, with local

businesses observing that the ‘Hinterland Effect’

boosted trade in the town. A huge range of local,

national and international media outlets covered the

event, ranging from the Helensburgh Advertiser to

The Guardian, BBC, CNN and The New York Times.

During Hinterland, we received the news of

£4.2 million in confirmed funding from Heritage

Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland towards our

capital fundraising target. After years of dreaming,

scheming, battling, planning and persuading, we are

finally able to take forward this ambitious capital

restoration. The building was so nearly lost, and this

investment gives hope that Scotland and Europe will

gain a new cultural centre worthy of the optimism

and ambition that created St Peter’s Seminary fifty

years ago.

We have also provided new perspectives on a far

better known Scottish landscape. Island Drift was

exhibited for the first time in Street Level Photoworks’

gallery in central Glasgow. Running during the period

that the Turner Prize visited the city, the exhibition

provided audiences with a new way to view and

engage with the iconic natural landscape of Loch

Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Another

exhibition at Cashel Native Forest Centre showcased

some of the work created by pupils from Luss,

Buchanan and Drymen Primary Schools. The

children produced stunning imagery of their local

area, from considered studies of nature, to sweeping,

swirling and imagined landscapes, and abstract

reconstructions of reality.

A powerful re-staging of Ghost Peloton at the Whisky

Bond in Port Dundas, in collaboration with Phoenix

Dance Theatre, brought Glasgow’s newest Cultural

District to life. The Whisky Bond is currently the focus

of a radical regeneration vision to create a vibrant

new city neighbourhood on the Glasgow canal. The

Whisky Bond was originally built as a bonded

warehouse for Highland Distilleries in 1957 and now

provides studios and creative spaces to a growing

community of thinkers, designers, makers and

doers. Ghost Peloton Glasgow marked the arrival of

the World LUCI Conference to the city during the UN

International Year of Light, exactly ten years since

their Annual General Meeting was held in Glasgow in

2005 when NVA was commissioned to produce

Radiance, the city’s inaugural lighting festival.


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ENVIRONMENT

NVA’s work places the environment

centre stage, in context and through our

approach. By demonstrating responsibility

and commitment to best practice and

carbon reduction alongside a solutionfocused

playfulness we inspire positive

action and challenge barriers to change.

In preparation for Hinterland we carried out

significant environmental improvement work to make

the seminary safe for public access through the

removal of hazardous materials and debris that

had accumulated over several decades. Stabilisation

works used innovative construction materials to

save 80 of the iconic vaults in the chapel and refectory

from collapse. By carrying out these works, we have

mitigated a significant environmental risk for the local

community and have gone a long way towards

rescuing the A-listed building from demolition.

The lighting technologies used for Speed of Light

were reconfigured for Ghost Peloton to create a kit

that would adapt and attach onto any cyclist and any

type of road bike. The kit had to be sturdy and simple

enough to be used in challenging terrain and all

weather conditions. What sets the Ghost Peloton

lighting kit apart from off-the-shelf bike or wheel

lights is that the colour and intensity of the light

is controlled wirelessly during performances,

allowing for the creation of patterns and sequences

that would not be possible with a static or preprogrammed

system.

50% of Ghost Peloton participant cyclists said their

involvement with the work had increased their

cycling activity.

We continue to promote sustainable forms of

transport through all of our events. We worked with

Abellio/ScotRail, the official transport partner for the

Festival of Architecture, to raise awareness of key

train routes from major Scottish cities to Helensburgh

and encourage Hinterland attendees to make use of

public transport. 23% of ticketholders travelled to the

event by train, with a further 13% arriving by foot.


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THE YEAR

TO COME

The key focus of the company over

the coming year is to further develop

and deliver the public engagement

programmes at St Peter’s. We will

continue to raise funds, establish

meaningful partnerships and deliver

public artworks that will increase

awareness and build the project’s profile

both locally and internationally.

Critical to this plan is retaining and

fostering financial support from the

key public bodies within Scotland.

We will continue to work on our fundraising strategy

and deliver our business plan targets for selfgenerated

income to ensure a sustainable future for

the company and for St Peter’s.

The capital delivery phase is now well underway and

Gillian Stevenson has recently been appointed as

Capital Project Manager to lead the programme and

deliver the project on time and on budget, supported

by the senior management team and the newly

formed Capital Sub-Committee. Together we will

take forward these exciting proposals to safeguard

and develop the site with construction scheduled to

begin in 2017.

Additionally we are working with Historic

Environment Scotland to contribute to a new edition

of Diane Watters’ original publication St Peter’s

College, Cardross. The updated edition, entitled

St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal, will

contain a new photo essay by our Creative Director

Angus Farquhar and will be available for sale from

December 2016.


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FINANCIAL

SUMMARY

NVA GROUP

INCOME

73%

Grants & Other

Project

Funding

Creative Scotland Investment

£

230,000

Earned Income from Commissioned Events

Grants & Other Project Funding

Other Income

Total Income

£

£

£

£

140,669

982,560

1,822

1,355,051

10%

Earned

Income

17%

Creative Scotland

Investment

82%

Project

Costs

5%

Overheads

13%

Staffing

EXPENDITURE

Project Costs

Staffing

Overheads

Total Expenditure

£

£

£

£

1,175,918

185,173

78,244

1,439,335

BALANCE SHEET

AT 31.3.16

ASSETS

Property & Equipment

Cash & Debtors

Total Assets

CURRENT LIABILITIES

Loan

Due to Suppliers

Accruals, provisions and other creditors

Total Current Liabilities

Total Assets less Current Liabilities

Long Term Loan

Net Assets

£ 249,344

£ 533,759

£ 783,103

£ (11,600)

£ (119,906)

£ (303,603)

£ (435,109)

£ 347,994

£ (52,041)

£ 295,953

FUNDS

Unrestricted Funds

Restricted funds of charitable subsidiary

£

£

255,909

40,044

Total Funds

£

295,953


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BOARD & STAFF

BOARD

MEMBERS

Brian McLaren (Chair)

Business Development Director

EKOS

Ellen Potter

Executive Director

NVA

Angus Farquhar

Creative Director

NVA

Morag Bain

Exhibitions Manager

Architecture + Design Scotland

Jude Barber

Director / Architect

Collective Architecture

Peter Boyden

Consultant

Nancy Braid

Consultant

Peter Lawson

Partner

Hill Brown & Co

Faith Liddell

Director

Festivals Edinburgh

Andrea Miller

Freelance TV Producer

Kathleen Benham

Chartered Accountant

Benham Conway & Co.

Malcolm Close

Projects Director

Scottish Exhibition Centre

Elizabeth Davidson

Senior Project Manager

Mackintosh Project

Tahira Nasim

Project Manager

International Education

Scottish Development

International

Damien Smith

Company Director

ISO

Burness Paull LLP

Company Secretary

FUNDERS &

SUPPORTERS

STAFF

Jo Cook

Finance Director

Alexandra Erjavec

Fundraising Assistant

Clare Simpson

KSP Capital Project Coordinator

Annie Crabtree

Project Assistant / Office Manager

Sirri Topping

Office Assistant

David Cook

KSP Capital Project Director

Claire McNaught

Communications Coordinator

HINTERLAND

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Cristina Armstrong

Project Director

Nikki Kane

Project Coordinator

Aaron McCarthy

Project Assistant

Rebecca Powrie

Engagement Coordinator


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