Traquair House seeks artists for exciting new project

  • 03 Feb 2020
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Traquair House is seeking artists and craftspeople to come up with some innovative ideas for adding secret doorways in the Traquair Maze.

Traquair’s Maze is the largest hedged maze in Scotland and was planted in 1981. It covers approximately a quarter of an acre and is planted with a mix of Cyprus Leylandii and Beech. It is visited by thousands of adults and children every year and is one of the main attractions at Traquair.

It has been used as a film location for a Bollywood film, a CBBC series and has been the venue for proposals of marriage as well as a wedding.

It also hosts the annual Easter Eggstravaganza where 6,000 mini eggs are hidden for the Under 10’s.

Catherine Maxwell Stuart, 21st Lady of Traquair, commented:

“As we approach the 40th anniversary of the planting of the maze we thought we would like to celebrate by putting a call out for artists to design and install up to 5 hidden doorways in the Maze. These could be false doors, real doors, tiny doors or fantasy doorways that will add an extra dimension or perhaps element of confusion to visitors trying to navigate their way around.”

The theme of “hidden histories” will be explored in 2020 as Traquair’s own history is filled with secrets and the concept of hiding and disguise was a necessity due to the family’s allegiance to the Jacobite cause and as Roman Catholics they were forced to hide their religious beliefs and political allegiances.

For more information about this exciting project and how to apply, visit the Traquair website 

Applications are invited by 10th April 2020 with planned installation and opening, and a supporting exhibition, in September.


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