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Sam J. Ntiro, Chopping Wood Credit The Argyll Collection, Copyright The Artist Estate

The Argyll Collection Reconnected

Reconnected is a CHARTS led project funded by Art Fund to review the cultural significance of the Argyll Collection - its social and educational value. 

Owned by Argyll and Bute Council, the Argyll Collection is a unique group of over 170 artworks, established between 1960 and 1990, for the benefit of the young people of Argyll and Bute. Author Naomi Mitchison and art advisor and teacher Jim Tyre created the collection to enable young people to experience fine art in an area with little access to museums and galleries. Jim drove the collection around the county, taking the artworks into schools for engaging and inspiring lessons.

Naomi and Jim filled the collection with outstanding modern Scottish artists, including Joan Eardley, Alan Davie, Anne Redpath, Will McLean, Robert MacBryde, Elizabeth Blackadder, Robin Philipson, and Barbara Rae. Naomi’s travels to eastern and southern Africa are also reflected in an outstanding group of twelve African artworks from the 1960s and 70s. 


Following on from the Argyll Aspires project exhibition curated by Rothesay Academy pupils at Mount Stuart, Reconnected aims to:


Reconnected is delighted to work in partnership with Dr Kate Cowcher, Lecturer in Art History at the University of St Andrews; Dr  Lucy Steeds, Senior Lecturer in Art at the University of Edinburgh; and Prof. Christina Young, Professor of Conservation and Technical Art History at The University of Glasgow, whose research and expertise continue to enhance and uncover incredible connections in the Collection.


The Argyll Collection Reconnected is funded by the Art Fund and supported by Argyll and Bute Council, National Lottery Heritage Fund, The Gannochy Trust, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the William Syson Foundation.

Image: Chopping Wood, Sam J. Ntiro. Credit the Argyll Collection © The artist’s estate.

The Argyll Collection Reconnected