Dar to Dunoon at Dunoon Burgh Hall features twelve works of modern art from East and Southern Africa from the Argyll Collection. The works have been the subject of a two-year research project to document them, track down their makers and trace their journeys from the African continent to Argyll.
The Argyll Collection is a public art initiative with holdings housed in schools and public institutions in Argyll and Bute. It was established to provide rural communities who did not have access to major museums the opportunity to enjoy interesting works of modern and contemporary art.
The collection’s founder, writer and Argyll County Councillor Naomi Mitchison, bought the works on her travels in Africa, some from students of painting and printmaking who went on to have notable careers. The research project enabled ten of the twelve works to be attributed thanks to archival research, contacts in Africa, connections made with extended family of the artists in Africa, Europe and North America and in two cases with the artists themselves.