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13 #IAD2016 events you don’t want to miss

It’s hard to believe but we are now over half-way through the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016. Thankfully, there are still plenty of fantastic events you can catch before the year is out. Here is a rundown of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 events you really don’t want to miss out on.

Craft Scotland’s Meet Your Maker

Throughout 2016, across Scotland

Dorothy-Hogg-Merchant-CityDorothy Hogg in studio © Maja Kardum

This rolling programme of demonstrations, showcases and workshops in unique spaces offers you the chance to get involved and see talented makers’ skills up close. Activities are taking place at events across the year from silversmithing workshops at Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival to a live sculptural project as part of the Big Friendly Read at Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Festival of Architecture 2016

Throughout 2016, across Scotland

The Festival is a major, year-long, Scotland-wide celebration led by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland bringing Scottish architecture to life. From insights into the architecture of science fiction to celebrations of the best 100 buildings of the past 100 years, hundreds of events, seminars and activities are taking place across the country.

Glasgow School of Art Walking Tours

July – March 2017, start at The Glasgow School of Art

GSA-walking-tours-mackintoshs-glasgow-lady-artists-society-doorGlasgow School of Art walking tours © GSA

Discover Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic designs and contemporary art with GSA’s talented student guides. Explore Mackintosh’s impressive Art Nouveau city centre designs and his lesser known architectural gems, or delve into the thriving contemporary arts and creative scene in Glasgow. Tours last approximately two hours and 25 minutes and depart from The Glasgow School of Art.

Cryptic presents… Kathy Hinde’s Luminous Birds

7 September – 19 November, Dumfries, Glasgow & Dundee

Cryptic: Luminous Birds from Cryptic on Vimeo.

Creativity will take flight at three surprise locations in Dumfries, Glasgow & Dundee when Kathy Hinde brings her musical flock of animated origami birds to life. Arrive after dark and gaze up at these glowing suspended creations as they flutter their wings and chirp.

Doors Open Days 2016

3 – 25 September, across Scotland

Take the chance to step inside properties ordinarily closed to the public. The programme for this year will be unveiled in August so stay tuned for further details…

Festival of Light & Millport Illuminations

23 – 24 September, Isle of Cumbrae

See two of Cumbrae’s unsung architectural gems, the Cathedral of The Isles and Garrison House, in a whole new light. Transformed by light designer Scott Munro, follow the illuminated ‘heritage light trail’ between the two properties, and admire light installations created by talented locals.

Clo Mòr Festival of Harris Tweed

2 July – 13 November, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

visitscotland_31946274360Harris Tweed scarves

Harris Tweed, spun from wool and handwoven by the islanders of the Outer Hebrides, is a fabric renowned for its warmth, durability and style. Discover how the Harris Tweed industry is fast becoming one of the most innovative of its kind with tours of the inspiring local landscape, photography and kinetic sculpture exhibitions, and a special festival day on 13 August dedicated to designers with live demonstrations.

Styling the Nation

12 – 13 November, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Celebrate the finale of the National Museum of Scotland’s 150th birthday celebrations in style with a weekend of special events held in the recently opened fashion, decorative art and design galleries. Enjoy fashion shows, talks, workshops, live music and performances.

Graphic Design Festival Scotland

17 – 23 October, The Lighthouse, Glasgow

visitscotland_30529588213Glasgow skyline as seen from the Lighthouse

This popular graphic design festival brings together the very best in international design and visual communication. Whether you’re a professional or simply a design aficionado, the festival programme featuring panel discussions, exhibitions, urban murals, live DJ sets and more is sure to have you hooked.

Findhorn Bay Festival 

21 – 26 September, Moray

Findhorn Bay Festival 2016 - Beach Advert from Findhorn Bay Arts on Vimeo

Billed as a six-day showcase of arts and culture featuring nationally and internationally renowned artists, this year’s programme looks set to be the best yet with folk star Julie Fowlis opening the festival and exhibitions, art installations, and tours focusing on Moray’s design and architectural heritage.

Celebrating the Glasgow Aesthetic Movement

1 June – 31 October, Holmwood House, Glasgow

A programme centred around Scotland’s contribution to the Aesthetic Movement based at the beautiful 19th century villa of Holmwood House, one of Scotland’s most influential buildings. Admire standout pieces from the era as part of Anderson Aesthete: Daniel Cottier, a display of furniture and decorative artefacts; take part in a series of workshops from paper-making to ceramics; and don’t miss the Garden Party on 13 August.


North East Open Studios

10 – 18 September

An annual event celebrating artists and makers living and working in the North East of Scotland. 232 studios will be open to the public demonstrating skills including painting, sculpture, weaving, jewellery, photography and ceramics.

The Enchanted Forest

29 September – 30 October, Faskally Wood, Perthshire

visitscotland_26145501316The Enchanted Forest, near Pitlochry

Set amidst the stunning Autumn woodland of Faskally Wood in Highland Perthshire, this multi-award winning show fuses the natural landscape and dazzling lighting design to create an outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight.

Planning on attending any of these incredible event? Let us know and share your photos using #IAD2016  and #ScotSpirit. Find out what else is happening this summer and  discover other amazing events in Scotland.


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