Exciting plans with National Galleries of Scotland and Artmap Argyll

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Kilmartin Museum is in discussion with the National Galleries of Scotland to bring internationally important artwork to Argyll.

National Galleries of Scotland look after one of the world’s finest collections of art ranging from the Middle Ages to the present day. Based in Edinburgh, the organisation is made up of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National gallery of Modern Art. Discussions are underway to loan objects to Kilmartin Museum for public display should the Museum’s plans for redevelopment be successful.

Sir John Leighton, Director-General of The National Galleries of Scotland said, “Kilmartin Museum is situated at the heart of one of the most important pre-historic landscapes in Scotland. The proposed re-development of the museum would provide exciting opportunities to raise the profile of archaeology in this area and to open up this very special place to a much wider national and international public. The National Galleries of Scotland would be keen to collaborate with Kilmartin Museum and to explore possibilities for adding contemporary art into the plans for future programming. “

Plans for the redeveloped Museum include a purpose built temporary exhibition gallery and it is here that the objects could be safely and securely displayed. The Kilmartin Museum Cafe has already featured exhibitions by Artmap Argyll and John Lowry Morrison. However, current facilities do not meet with National Gallery of Scotland conditions and any agreement is conditional on the completion of the new gallery as part of the Museum’s redevelopment project.

The temporary exhibition gallery which would also accommodate exhibitions from local artists, will provide an exceptional opportunity for objects from these important collections to be brought from the capital and displayed in Argyll.

Sian MacQueen, Chair of Artmap Argyll commented: “Artmap has held a number of exhibitions at Kilmartin Museum over the years and it is fantastic to see they are working with the National Galleries of Scotland to bring artwork of international significance to Argyll.

“This really would be a major coup for the area, helping to attract more visitors – giving them the opportunity to see the wealth of artistic talent we have in our creative hub out here on the west coast.”


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