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 Scotland 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 Dairy Gallery
Now head along to The Dairy 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 - watch this space.
Tregortha B & B
Karmen and Gabor at Tregortha B & B are wonderful hosts. They’re also talented artists! Gabor creates a range of striking paintings using different mediums, including paper towel, pasta, paper collage, dried paint and bird food. He experiments with different painting styles and colour themes, using multiple layers, rich textures, brushes and palette knife marks. You’re more than welcome to visit Tregortha to see the paintings, or check out Gabor’s Facebook page. The Royal an Lochan and Kames Hotel are both champions of local artists. Pop in for a bite to eat and you’ll see lots of artwork adorning the walls.
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. Cowal Open Studios runs from 27th to 30th September 2019. You might also want to check out the Bute Art Trail (20th to 21st July) run by the Isle of Bute Artists' Collective. Follow the trail of yellow balloons to discover the artists and craftspeople of Bute and see where they work. It’s a short ferry trip from Colintraive on Argyll’s Secret Coast to Bute. Look out for ArtMap Argyll too, which runs from 23rd to 26th August and 31st August to 1st September 2019.
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 and check out Blairmore Gallery and Seadrift Pottery.