Angus Farquhar is Creative Director of NVA, a registered Scottish arts charity funded by Creative Scotland and a number of UK trusts and foundations. NVA’s vision is to make powerful public art articulating the complex qualities of a location through collective action. The organisation has produced award winning and dynamic projects in challenging landscapes, including temporary lighting animations on the mountains of Skye, permanent spaces such as the Hidden Gardens in Glasgow and major urban festivals.
Angus started NVA in the early nineties after spending 10 years in London in the proto industrial-band, Test Department. He holds a degree in English and Drama from Goldsmith’s College. He re-initiated the Beltane Fire Festival in 1989 and has produced and directed NVA’s temporary and permanent public art works and events since its inception in 1992.
In this exciting ABP Agenda Angus will develop a discussion across art, culture, politics, landscape, geography and architecture with examples of NVAs work. One of the most revered projects that NVA is currently working on is the Invisible College, an ambitious capital project to transform St. Peter’s Seminary and the surrounding Kilmahew woodlands into an international learning network which will host a wide range of events, exhibitions and interventions in response to the signature buildings, productive landscape and extensive historic grounds. The Invisible College encourages community involvement and provides a variety of learning and volunteering opportunities in this once un-used seminary that had fallen into disrepair.
Another key project is Speed of Light, an extraordinary public art performance which is travelling the world for new audiences.The night-time work combines light, intentional movement and sound, changing the way we perceive a chosen environment. It involved hundreds of runners in specifically commissioned LED light suits.