The works were purchased by the writer Naomi Mitchison for the Argyll Collection, a public art resource, created for the education and enjoyment of communities in Argyll and Bute, on the west coast of Scotland. The collection consists mostly of works of Scottish art, but the twelve works of art that Mitchison bought in Kampala, Nairobi, Lusaka and Dar es Salaam represent a significant addition.
On display will be paintings by important African modern artists, including Tanzania’s Samuel Ntiro, Uganda's Jak Katarikawe and Zambia’s Henry Tayali, alongside new research and archival material. This exhibition is part of a collaboration between Argyll and Bute Council and the School of Art History at the University of St Andrews.
The exhibition is co-curated by Madeleine Conn (Cultural Coordinator of Argyll and Bute Council) and Dr. Kate Cowcher (Lecturer in Art History, University of St Andrews). It will be accompanied by an online events series.
Support for 'Dar to Dunoon' is provided by the KE and Impact Fund at the University of St Andrews.