Argyll and Bute is firmly on the culture map

Published Date: 

31 Jan 2014 - 14:53

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, has welcomed the news that Creative Scotland has set aside funding of £1,601,663 for arts and culture organisations in Argyll and Bute.

Councillor Currie said, “These awards reflect the huge diversity of arts and cultural activity in Argyll and Bute and I am pleased to say the council provided endorsement which helped in their success.  This major capital investment is in line with our economic development action plan and the development of our cultural strategy.

“In terms of our residents and visitors the development of these projects will provide high quality cultural activity based in our communities, but with a wider appeal.”

The Artist Centre redevelopment project at Cove Park has been awarded £621,663 to replace the current artist centre building and studios. The new Artists Centre will provide dedicated meeting spaces for artists and the general public; public performance and exhibition space, studio space, office and accommodation facilities, and a library and IT suite.

Dunoon Burgh Hall has received a development award of £15,000 and provisional Stage 2 funding of £465,000 towards the refurbishment of this historic building. It will provide a high quality venue for performing arts, an exhibition space for local and touring exhibitions and gallery workshop space for residencies, learning and community activity.

Scottish arts charity NVA has received a development award of £100,000 and provisional Stage 2 funding of £400,000 to further develop plans to create a new cultural resource within the internationally significant St Peter's Seminary at Cardross. The project will create exhibition, performance and workshop space.

Creative Scotland’s capital awards are designed to help organisations undertake major infrastructure improvements or refurbishments, or to develop new cultural facilities that improve the access, presentation and enjoyment of arts and culture in Scotland.

For information about Cove Park Arts Centre go to

To learn more about Dunoon Burgh Hall go to

For information about NVA’s project at St Peter’s Seminary go to