The Pictish Arts Society





On 25 May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across Europe.  It introduced stricter requirements on the way we handle data.


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Members have the right of access, referred to as subject access, to obtain a copy of their personal data. This is obtainable, subject to proof of identity, from the Membership Secretary.


Pictish Arts Society

May 2018


The Pictish Arts Society was founded in 1988.

It is the purpose of the PAS to raise public awareness of the Pictish stones, history and culture and to encourage various arts inspired by Pictish design. Membership is open to one and all from across the globe for anyone who has an interest in the Pictish stones and arts.



All photos by Bob Henery, Strathclyde University or David McGovern


Our Winter/Spring series of lectures is held in the upstairs gallery, Brechin

Museum, High Street, Brechin, in association with Angus Council.  

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start.  Everybody is welcome!

Members free.  Guests and visitors £3.00 including tea, coffee and biscuits.

If you require disabled access, please contact Stewart Mowatt on 01356 623981.


Forthcoming Events

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The next lecture of the 2018/2019 season of the Pictish Arts Society will be held on Friday 19 April in association with ANGUSalive Museums & Galleries. The venue is the upstairs gallery of Brechin Museum in the High Street for the lecture by Dr Maldonado.


Dr Adrián Maldonado:  Art after the Picts – carved stones of the 9-12th centuries


Carved stones in Scotland are notoriously resistant to close art historical dating, and never more so than in the later first millennium AD.  However, by combining data from recent excavations with new work on museum collections of Insular art in other media, there are new perspectives that can be gained on this millennial era.  In particular, it is clear that Pictish art in NE Scotland did not disappear with the symbols, nor was it entirely replaced by foreign styles.  In this lecture Dr Adrián Maldonado will discuss stone carving in the context of religious and political changes in the 9-12th centuries.  Rather than looking for a lingering ‘Pictish’ art style, Adrián will instead highlight features and motifs which certainly disappear in the 9th century, and those which continue to be influential.  He will argue that assigning any ethnic label to this art style becomes meaningless in the multicultural millennial age.


Dr Adrián Maldonado is Glenmorangie Research Fellow at National Museums Scotland.  He previously lectured in archaeology at the University of Glasgow and the University of Chester, where he specialised in early Christianity in Scotland and the archaeology of death and burial. He is currently working on the fourth phase of the Glenmorangie Research Project, entitled Creating Scotland: Making a Nation 800-1200 AD.


Doors open at Brechin Museum at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available after the talks which are free to members and £3.00 to non-members. All are welcome. For further information contact Stewart Mowatt on 01356 623981 or 07590 323199. For information on the Pictish Arts Society visit




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