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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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

2019 Annual Conference Forfar


PAS Annual Conference
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October 2019
Reid Hall, Castle St, Forfar DD8 3HX
Friday 4 October
Private view of the Meffan Institute,
20 West High Street, Forfar DD8 1BB
An opportunity for conference delegates to mingle and enjoy exclusive access to the Meffan’s superb collection of Pictish sculpture from around Angus.  Refreshments included.  Advance booking required.

Saturday 5 October
Conference and AGM
09.00-09.30 Registration (with tea/coffee)
09.30-09.40 Welcome
09.40-10.20 Dr Rebecca Jones
Rome’s North Western Frontier: The Antonine Wall
10.20-11-00 Dr Neil McGuigan 
Cats, Orcs and Irishmen: the Northern Pictish Church after AD850
11.00-11.30 Tea/coffee
11.30-12.10 Dr Cynthia Thickpenny
The Pictish Seat: Rider Position in Relief Carved Equestrian Scenes
12.10-12.50 Dr Alex Woolf 
Picts and Other Britons: Ethnic Identity in Roman and Late Antique Britain
12.50-14.00 Lunch
Bring a packed lunch or dine in one of Forfar’s many eateries
14.00-14.40 Jamie Barnes
Hogbacks and/or kindred monuments 
14.40-15.30 Dr Barbara Crawford
The Hirdmen in Orkney, and an early recorded use of the term 'handsel'
15.30-16.00 Tea/coffee
16.00-17.00 Norman Atkinson
The Picts: Angus and Gowrie
17.00-1715  Closing Remarks
17.30-18.00  AGM

Sunday 7 October
PAS Conference Field Trip - Around Angus
Coach departs Myre Street car park, Forfar at 09.00 sharp and aims to return there by 17.15.  Stones included on the itinerary are Glamis Manse, Eassie, Brechin Cathedral, St Vigeans, the Camus Cross and Pitmuies.  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.  Spaces are limited and we recommend early booking.  Delegates are advised to bring appropriate footwear, waterproofs and a packed lunch although there will be an opportunity to get something to eat in Brechin.

Field Trip is for Conference Attendees Only.

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