Kilmahew Gin Raising Restoration Funds For ST. PetersSunday 16th April 2017
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Three innovative Glasgow companies NVA, Glasgow Distillery Company and Stand collaborate on handcrafted gin inspired by the historic landscape of Kilmahew
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All of the profits raised through sales of Kilmahew Gin will be donated to the restoration project to help NVA bring St Peter’s back to life as a distinctive visitor attraction and new cultural resource for Scotland
In a collaboration between three of the most innovative companies in Glasgow, NVA has teamed up with Glasgow Distillery Company and Stand to produce a limited edition small batch gin that will raise funds to support the restoration of the woodland and Victorian walled garden at St Peter’s.
Glasgow Distillery is currently the only Gin and Single Malt Distillery in Glasgow. It is a modern urban distillery and the first new single malt distillery in the city for over 100 years. NVA worked with its Co-Founder Mike Hayward to develop an elegant handcrafted gin inspired by the historic landscape of Kilmahew.
BEHIND THE BOTANICALS OF KILMAHEW GIN
Infused with orange peel, bramble leaf and rosehip, this artfully crafted gin balances citrus and juniper for a zesty, full-flavoured spirit. Bramble bushes and rambling roses can still be found in Kilmahew woodland today. Orange trees, on the other hand, are not typically suited to the west of Scotland climate. This addition is a nod to John Fleming, the first gardener to oversee the estate’s Walled Garden when it was established in 1866. Pushing the boundaries of the time, he brought experimental techniques to Kilmahew using the new glasshouses to grow exotics and produce oranges, nectarines and other soft fruits.
The stunning bottle and beautiful graphics were designed by Stand, a Glasgow brand and packaging agency, who were inspired by the relationship between the architecture of St Peter’s and the shapes and textures of the surrounding environment.
All of the profits raised through sales of Kilmahew Gin will be donated to the restoration project to help NVA to bring St Peter’s back to life as a distinctive visitor attraction and new cultural resource for Scotland. With this support NVA plans to gradually repopulate the landscape with native and exotic plants, restore the path networks, and bring the abandoned Victorian walled garden back into productive use. The next five years will see Kilmahew woods become a hub for community food growing, creative learning, volunteering programmes and large scale art events.
Mike Hayward, Co-Founder of the Glasgow Gin Distillery said, “As Glasgow’s first ever gin distillery, we felt extremely proud to be invited by Angus and the team at NVA to be part of this exciting initiative and create a bespoke gin for the St Peter’s Seminary restoration project on the Kilmahew estate.
“The creative ambition and vision which Angus conveyed during our initial meeting in Glasgow was totally compelling and the opportunity to contribute in some small way was one we were thrilled to be involved with.
“In creating Kilmahew Gin, we wanted to produce a premium spirit that balances a number of contrasting yet complementary botanicals in the same way St Peter’s seminary harmonises with the surrounding Kilmahew estate.
“Bringing together gin’s characteristic juniper flavour, along with subtle notes from coriander seeds, angelica, rosehip, fresh citrus obtained from lemons and oranges and bramble leaves which are common throughout the Kilmahew estate, Kilmahew Gin delivers a smooth flavoursome spirit that is to be savoured over ice with tonic.”
Stuart Gilmour, Creative Director at Stand said, “We are thrilled that we have been able to help form a partnership with NVA and the Glasgow Distillery Company to produce Kilmahew Gin, a fundraising and awareness project for St Peter’s, the new cultural venue currently being developed in Cardross in the West of Scotland.
“In an incredibly busy and vibrant gin market, we’ve been able to find a niche that has allowed us to produce a unique and very distinctive piece of brand packaging that links directly back to the St Peter’s brand that was created by Stand in 2015.
“We expect Kilmahew Gin to ‘fly off the shelf’.”
A spokesperson for NVA said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Glasgow Distillery Company and Stand to produce a gin inspired by the landscape and history of Kilmahew. The area is named after St Mahew, a 6th century monk whose chapel is said to have existed close to St Peter’s since the earliest Christian times. Given the historic links between monks and distilling, Kilmahew Gin is a nod to the people who have lived and worked in this remarkable place over the centuries, from St Mahew to the Victorian gardener John Fleming – as well as an optimistic symbol of its future, as through collective action (and gin drinking!) we begin to bring it back into productive use.”
Leading public art charity NVA’s ambitious plans to resuscitate one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings, St Peter’s Seminary, were given a substantial boost in 2016 with confirmation of grants of £4.2 million from Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland. Following a successful fundraising campaign, the capital restoration project can now proceed and construction works will begin later in the year on the building which sits in the heart of Kilmahew woods.
Background on the Kilmahew Project
Please see below for an update on St Peter’s Seminary and Kilmahew Woodland -
A Future Reclaimed - St Peter’s Seminary and
Capital Works to Commence in 2017
‘A national platform for public art, fostering debate and generating new thinking’.
Leading public art charity NVA’s ambitious plans to resuscitate one of Europe’s greatest modernist buildings, St Peter’s Seminary, were given a substantial boost in 2016 with confirmation of grants of £4.2 million from Heritage Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland. Following a successful fundraising campaign, the capital restoration project can now proceed and construction works will begin later in the year.
The revitalised site is set to become one of the most important new arts resources in Scotland. The capital scheme and annual programme will together create an internationally recognised cultural attraction and a powerful national centre for the promotion of public art, creative learning and skills development. This will be achieved through the gradual restoration of the Category A listed former seminary and its surrounding Victorian designed landscape. By incrementally developing the entire site, we will create opportunities for the broadest possible range of audiences and participants to engage with a cross platform arts programme presenting the highest quality productions, exhibitions and interactive initiatives. They will vary in scale from national collaborations to residencies and open commissions working with emerging artists across all art forms as the project becomes an exemplar for the imaginative re-use of 20th century architecture. St Peter’s has no UK comparators. Its unique spirit is inspiring and provoking to all who visit.
Gillian Stevenson was recently appointed as Capital Project Manager and will take forward NVA’s vision for St Peter’s. An innovative approach to heritage conservation will combine partial restoration, consolidation and new design to create a series of programmable spaces across the 105 acre site. The construction work will partially restore the stunning chapel within a wider consolidation of the derelict seminary buildings and reinvigorate the surrounding woodland and productive gardens, gradually bringing the site back to life.
The design proposals produced by Avanti Architects, ERZ Landscape Architects and McGinlay Bell include consolidation of the main seminary building as a ‘raw’ frame, with the restoration of the chapel and sanctuary including the stunning ziggurat rooflight as an enclosed events space. The main pathways throughout the landscape will be re-established, the historic bridges and mediaeval castle keep made safe and the beautiful Victorian walled garden will be brought back into public use.
Through a partnership with Reigart Contracts, NVA have carried out significant environmental improvement work to remove hazardous materials and debris from the seminary buildings. Stabilisation works using innovative construction materials have saved 80 of the iconic vaults in the chapel and refectory from collapse. These works have gone a long way towards rescuing the A-listed building from demolition and enabled NVA to produce Hinterland, the first major public event on site, in March 2016.
The next five years will see St Peter’s become an inspirational home for the next generation of artists. Hosting a lively programme of events and activities and providing a platform for both established and emerging artists.
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