Organised by the Edinburgh Volunteer Fundraising Committee

Visit to Old St Paul's Church, Edinburgh

  • Old St Paul's Church |
  • Visit and Talk |
  • Wednesday, 29 April 2015 - 18:00 until 19:30

Join the Edinburgh Committee and Art Fund members for a tour of one of Edinburgh’s secret gems. It is very easy to miss Old St Paul’s tucked in as it is between two dark, precipitous closes off the Royal Mile. Yet the church has a fascinating history - Scotland’s first Episcopal congregation in the seventeenth century, a rallying point for the persecuted Jacobites in the 18th century and a centre for Mission in the 20th centry.

The church contains one contemporary work of art which is worth a visit on its own account - this is Alison Watt’s Still, a monumental 12 foot painting which hangs in the Memorial Chapel, a quiet space that commemorates the members of the congregation who were killed in the First World War. ‘The scale and design of the piece’ Watt recalls ‘was a carefully considered response to the physical structure of the space, yet ultimately I wanted to convey how I felt when I was in the chapel. It was an overwhelming feeling of sadness. It was extraordinary. I thought I knew every inch of the painting but as it started to be installed, I was astonished how little I recognized of it. The work appeared to change and almost miraculously seemed to take on the quality of the space around it. It almost absorbed its surroundings.’

The group will be taken round Old St Paul’s by the Rector, the Rev Ian Paton. 

This event has been organised by the Edinburgh Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.

Venue details

Old St Paul's Church 63 Jeffrey Street Edinburgh EH1 1DH