The Light of Return at Dunoon Burgh Hall

From 'Please Leave a Light On'
From 'Please Leave a Light On': Gerd Lepic, 'Shadow and Light', oil on canvas.

Please Leave a Light On

Wed - Sun 10:00 - 16:00

From: 19 Apr 2024

To: 5 May 2024

Dunoon Burgh Hall Gallery
195 Argyll Street
Argyll & the Isles
PA23 7DD

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A new exhibition at Dunoon Burgh Hall, Please Leave a Light On is a pan-European exhibition of work and workshops mounted in celebration of Scotland’s ties with Europe, sharing values, heritage, culture and friendships. The history and importance of this country’s relationship with Europe goes back many centuries during which Scots have travelled and traded throughout Europe, and where much of Celtic heritage is shared. A programme of events and workshops will support the exhibition.

The exhibition’s title comes from the famous speech in the European Parliament in 2019 by Alyn Smith, then a Scottish MEP, as Scotland was due to leave following the Brexit referendum, which concluded by saying, ‘Dear colleagues… I ask you to leave a light on so we can find our way home.’ The launch event will include a sound performance with Beat Unternährer, a talk by Alyn Smith, who now sits as an MP in Westminster, and traditional music with Iain Darroch, Aileen Morrison and Jim King.

David Donaldson, 'Still Life and Saucer', oil on canvas, credit The Argyll Collection © The Artists’ estate
From Awaken: The Argyll Collection – David Donaldson, ‘Still Life and Saucer’, oil on canvas. Image: The Argyll Collection © the artist’s estate

Also showing, until 28th April, is Awaken: The Argyll Collection – an exhibition curated by Lily Vaughan who is an exhibition trainee for Argyll Aspires. The Argyll Collection is a nationally outstanding collection of 173 artworks, established between 1960 and 1990 as a unique learning resource for the young people of Argyll and Bute. The collection includes many notable modern Scottish artists such as Joan EardleyJohn ByrneWilliam MacTaggartElizabeth Blackadder and Anne Redpath, and with the aim of increasing awareness of its educational and contemporary cultural value, Lily Vaughan has worked alongside Culture, Heritage and Arts Assembly, Argyll, and Isles (CHARTS) and Dunoon Burgh Hall to develop Awaken – a new exhibition featuring selected works from the collection.

The Hall is celebrating its 150th anniversary and raising funds to help modernise the building, aiming to collect 150 pledges of £150.

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