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Nicola Sturgeon visits Burgh Hall

Following almost a decade of restoration work, Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's First Minister, recently visited the new cultural centre. Ms Sturgeon commented: “The renovation and reopening of Dunoon Burgh Hall is the result of the hard work and determination of the community to restore the building to its former glory and to provide a socially-important cultural centre for the town and beyond."

In 1874 The Dunoon Burgh Hall opened as the first theatre in Argyll, funded by the people of the town. It was the town's cultural focus for 100 years, until it closed. Rescued in 2008 by the John McAslan Family Trust together with a team of local people, £3.5 million has since been raised, half of which has been spent on the building's transformation by Page\Park Architects from  a  derelict ruin into a centre for contemporary arts.

The opening show of works by Andy Warhol includes paintings of Robert Mapplethorpe, Joseph Beuys and Gilbert & George, as well as self-portraits of the artist and images of Elizabeth Taylor, Mohammed Ali, Chairman Mao and The Beatles. This exhibition (continuing until  2nd September) draws from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art, and follows the first ARTIST ROOMS exhibition at Dunoon Burgh Hall of Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs in 2012. The collection was founded in 2008 when Anthony d’Offay gifted ARTIST ROOMS to the National Galleries of Scotland and Tate, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund, and the Scottish and British Governments.

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