The Pictish Arts Society





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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

2018 Annual Conference- SOLD OUT

£25.00 (Sold out)

Moray and Beyond
PAS Annual Conference, Friday 5th – Sunday 7th October 2018
Friday 5 October
Private view of Elgin Museum 19.00-21.00
An opportunity for conference delegates to mingle and enjoy exclusive access to Elgin Museum’s collections, including a splendid array of Pictish sculpture from Moray. Refreshments included. Advance booking required.
Saturday 6 October
Conference and AGM 09.00-09.30 Registration (with tea/coffee) 09.30-09.40 Welcome
Elgin Museum Hall, 1 High Street, Elgin, IV30 1EQ
09.40-10.20 Steven Birch
Rosemarkie Caves Project
10.20-11-00 Dr Jane Geddes
The St Andrews Sarcophagus and the Kinneddar David: tombs for anointed Pictish Kings
11.00-11.30 Tea/coffee
11.30-12.10 Derek Jennings
Let Dear be its name from now onwards: the search for the monastery of Deer 12.10-12.50 Craig Stanford
Norse Interactions in Moray
12.50-14.00 Lunch
Bring a packed lunch or dine in one of Elgin’s many eateries
14.00-14.40 Dr Gordon Noble
Recent excavations at Burghead Pictish Fort
14.40-15.30 Dr Oisin Plumb
Beyond the range of human exploration: Cormac and the ‘North’ in the seventh century 15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee
16.00-17.00 Dr Nicki Scott & Steve Farrar
Pigments of imagination? Recent HES interpretation of Pictish stones 17.00-1715 Closing Remarks
17.30-18.00 AGM
Sunday 7 October
PAS Conference Field Trip to Moray and Beyond
Coach departs from Elgin Cathedral at 09.00 sharp and aims to return there by 17.30. Stones included on the itinerary include Sueno’s Stone, Rodney’s Stone (Brodie Castle), and symbol stones at Ballintomb, Inverallan, Advie, Inveraven, Mortlach and Arndilly. A number of these stones are in private ownership and are therefore not readily accessible to the public. Participation in the field trip is by coach only and spaces are limited so advance booking is required. Spaces are limited so early booking is advised. Delegates are advised to bring appropriate footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch although there will be an opportunity to get something to eat in Grantown-on-Spey.