Union, the second encounter of the project, will reflect on the ways in which Highland communities reacted to and were affected by the Act of Union of 1707. Led by artist Kevin Reid, ex-servicemen and students from the University of the Highlands and Islands – alongside serving soldiers – will design and create metal emblems inspired by Jacobite and Hanoverian medals on display in the exhibition Imagining Power: The Visual Culture of the Jacobite Cause, at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. These symbolic badges, forged in a mobile foundry in Fort George, the impregnable Highland military fortress built by George II after the Battle of Culloden, will reflect the participants’ exploration of their own sense of national and local identity.
Scottish Sculpture Workshop Film
- The Nation//Live – Union: Scottish Sculpture Workshop
In November 2012, pupils from Millburn Academy, Inverness, visited the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Aberdeenshire as part of the National Galleries of Scotland's Community Outreach project, The Nation//Live – Union.
Working with artist Kevin Reid, they produced medals and banners influenced by Hanoverian and Jacoobite medals currently on display in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.