Argyll’s Secret Coast has always attracted creatives. The incredible scenery and unique light has inspired numerous artists and makers over the years. Many artists live and work here and you’ll find galleries and local hotels showcasing a wide range of work. Why not discover art on Argyll’s Secret Coast? Here’s how!
The long-established Tighnabruaich Gallery in the heart of Tighnabruaich should be your first stop. Run by Ros and Neil McKenna, it showcases a range of work from ScotlandCarry Farm and beyond. The exhibition programme features innovative and beautiful work by painters, sculptors, ceramicists, and artists working in glass, wood and textiles. Coming up this summer is an exhibition of drawings and watercolours by Tom Shanks (15 June - 21 July), Scottish horizons by Robert Kelsey (27 July - 1 September) and a mixed exhibition with Ibby Lanfear, Stevi Benson, Pascale Rentsch & Inge Bos.
The Hayshed Gallery
Now head along to The Hayshed Gallery at Carry Farm where’s you’ll find a fabulous selection of textiles and ceramics. Fiona McPhail produces knitted textiles using yarn from her Hebridean sheep. She creates a variety of beautiful objects from cushions and tea cosies to foot stools and bags. Her sister Karen has her pottery studio here, where she makes beautiful, functional pottery. Karen’s daughter Eve has also just set up her print studio at Carry Farm, selling her unique prints.
Cowal Open Studios is a great way to discover the artists of Argyll’s Secret Coast. Over 30 local artists across the Cowal peninsula throw open the doors of their studios to the public. Head to the Cowal Open Studio website for their next exhibitions.
Base yourself in Argyll’s Secret Coast and you’re well placed to explore further afield and discover more great art. Hop on the ferry to Tarbert to visit some lovely galleries, head into Dunoon to experience a thriving artistic scene. Dunoon Burgh Hall runs an excellent programme of exhibitions throughout the year.