An exhibition of work by artists from Edinburgh College of Art in response to Cultybraggan Camp; its history as a WWII Prisoner of War camp, its situation and its future possibilities
29 March 2014, Cultybraggan Camp, near Comrie, Perthshire
A prisoner of war camp in rural Perthshire is set to be transformed by artists from Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).
As part of a collaboration with the Comrie Development Trust, the Nissen huts, prison cells, guard houses and surrounding hills of Cultybraggan Camp, will be filled with sound installations, performance art, photography and film.
Works from 25 students and staff from ECA’s Intermedia degree course will include the performance of war time songs, a tent filled with the sound of nearby rivers, and a hotdog stand inside a guard house.
One artist will spend 96 hours in the solitary confinement cell, surrounded by letters from her grandfather who during WWII was captured and interred by German forces in Greece.
Among the artists exhibiting work in the camp will be Zoe Walker, Susan Mowatt, and Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd.
Cultybraggan Camp is one of only three preserved WWII prisoner of war camps remaining in the UK. It housed German and Italian prisoners of war between 1941 and 1946, many of whom were high ranking SS officers.
There will be guided walks around the site, Nissen huts (many of which are A and B listed), firing range, nuclear bunker, as well as the new features of the site including businesses, allotments and, of course, the art works.
There will be live bands playing, refreshments and the chance to take part in a panel discussion and ask questions of some of the artists, members of the local community and groups with an interest in the site.
Timetable for 29th March 2014
Open to the public 12 noon – 5pm
Walking Tour 1pm – 3pm
Panel discussion 3pm – 4pm
Refreshments 4pm onwards