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Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

March 2016


Discover Scotland’s built heritage, unique creative talent and inspirational designs this year with the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. There is a packed programme of events and festivals throughout the country that run until the end of December.

In Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Garden is hosting a ‘Be Inspired by Nature’ event between April and July where visitors can explore rare plant species, tour the gardens and witness the launch of Scotland’s oldest new building; the Botanic Cottage.
(Image: A pond inside one of the Glasshouses in the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, Lothian).

Across Scotland, from April to December, Craft Scotland’s ‘Meet Your Maker’ programme offers demonstrations of the design process, and skills and techniques the artists incorporate into their work. Craft Scotland will also release a series of short films exploring Scotland’s innovation and design in contemporary craft making. (Image: The Sheila Fleet Jewellery Workshop).

From 1st June, head to Glasgow and enjoy a series of walks and talks with staff, students and alumni, showcasing contemporary design, heritage and stunning innovation in the ‘Building Blocks at Glasgow School of Art’ event. (Image: The main entrance to the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow).

In the Highlands, Moray is hosting the Findhorn Bay Festival in September with performances, exhibitions, live music, art and photography, as well as talks, tours and free activities such as the Culture Day, making the festival accessible to all. (Image: A woman in an elaborate mask smiles for the camera).

Also in September, the ‘Fashion the Future’ event is part of the Orkney International Science Festival where the genius creations of upcycled and locally produced materials, such as wool and leather, educate others about the industry that sits on their doorstep. (Image: Ola Gorie on Broad Street, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney).

Elsewhere in Scotland, Glasgow is hosting the ‘Creative Mackintosh’ event in October where you can witness the talent of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and uncover how he might have used today’s technology and tools to create his unique masterpieces. (Image: Stained glass rose motif in House for and Art Lover, Bellahouston Park ).

The world of books and literature is also celebrated in October with the Dundee Literary Festival. Explore comics, bright minds, fantastic fiction, book designs and more in this five day family event. (Image: Two ladies sit perusing books outside The Book Shop in Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway).

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg – visit the new VisitScotland website to find out more about how you can enjoy the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design or join in the conversation on VisitScotland’s social media channels using #IAD2016.

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