Angus Farquhar has been Creative Director of NVA since its inception in 1992. Based in Glasgow, it one of the UK’s most successful independent public arts organisations. This followed 10 years performing as a founding member of the radical 80’s music group Test Dept.
NVA specialises in creating complex permanent and temporary artworks and initiatives often in unusual settings. NVA’s vision is to make powerful public art articulating the complex qualities of a location through collective action. The practice engages participants physically and creatively in redefining urban and rural landscapes.
Angus is married to Ann and has twin daughters, Ava and Calla, born in 2002. Other interests include hill-running and food growing.
Talk: Reclaiming the future
From being in an industrial band in the 1980s through to the last 8 years saving St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, known as our most important post-war building, Angus Farquhar has spent his adult life exploring ruined landscapes. This is a story about how you can find value where there appears to be little, how from the seeds of destruction creativity can flourish. In his talk, Angus will explore the ambition and optimism that spurred two young architects to dream of a better world 50 years ago in their creation of St Peter’s Seminary. He will look at the idea of how social change might be embedded into bricks and mortar and propose a new model for regeneration based on imagination and a spirit of collective endeavour.