Rough Cut Nation

  • 7th − 30th August 2009 | 12-5pm Tue, Wed & Sun. 12-8pm Thu, Fri, Sat. Closed Mon. (Scottish National Portrait Gallery) | Free

Rough Cut Nation: From Start to Finish

Rough Cut Nation started with the idea of drawing on the Portrait Gallery's bare walls and soon evolved into a full-scale installation in Room 1 and the Great Hall. The project is collaborative by nature and involves artists from different fields, ranging from street art to graphic design, working in a variety of media.

During the weeks leading up to the opening of the exhibition, artists have been inside the Portrait Gallery, creating a multi-media showcase informed by William Hole's mural in the Great Hall. Hole's mural of 1889-1898 depicts significant events from Scotland's history and Rough Cut Nation seeks to build upon this idea of Scottish identity and update the work for twenty-first century visitors.

The characters included in Rough Cut Nation are not based on prominent Scottish figures; instead they represent ordinary people the artists have met. In representing less well-known figures, Rough Cut Nation provides a necessary counterpart to Hole's mural and an integral contribution to our ideas of Scotland.