Doors Open Day 2020: Virtual Visit

Welcome virtual visitors for Doors Open Day 2020!

Alas, the pandemic means it's unwise for anyone to fling their doors open to large numbers of visitors, so please enjoy this collation of videos and photographs from the site. First, a wee bit of history from your tour guide:


The Argyll Mausoleum is one of Scotland's undiscovered historical jewels right on the doorstep of the Cowal Community. It stands connected to, but separate from, the church in Kilmun, Argyll and is the burial place for the Dukes and Earls of Argyll, Chiefs of the Clan Campbell, from the 14th century until 1949.

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Creative Minds Session 11

Last week I mentioned that we might be exhibiting some of the work  done in these sessions. I can now confirm that we'll be exhibiting in the cafe space at Dunoon Burgh Hall. We'll be having launch event on the evening of Thurs 13th September and then the work will be on display for a few weeks. So please make a note to pop in and have a look! If you'd like to come to our launch event, then head over to our Facebook Page and let us know by confirming your attendance on the Event tab.

In the meantime, below are some snaps of people collating their work in preparation:

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Creative Minds Session 10

This week was our final artist session! There are now only two more weeks of group work before the programme comes to an end. As you've probably guessed by the picture above, this week we were learning how to knit... No, only kidding! We were visited by Lorna Morrish of Lorna's Handwoven Tapestires, who taught us the delicate art of... well, hand weaving tapestries of course!

And let me tell you; it's a lot harder than it looks in the pictures below! We were learning only the very basics, on a very, very small frame and still we were left with homework at the end of the session. Lorna was kind enough to stay on for extra time and give advice and guidance, as well as show us the yet more complex art of weaving on a large frame. Lorna's passion for her craft was infectious and we all thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, doing our best to create something interesting using only lines and colours. It's funny how sometimes such strict limitations can unlock more creativity.

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Creative Minds Session 9


This week the group circled back to the first session we had, learning percussion with Jim King, and explored the concept of rhythm, movement and gesture in the visual arts. This led to some very expressive pieces and got everyone in the mood to create, see below for a sample. Then, as usual, we returned to personal works; we've amassed quite a collection of work now and are hoping to exhibit it somewhere other than online! So keep an eye on this blog, or our Facebook Page for news about that.

Next week is our final artist session, where we'll be learning to weave tapestries with Lorna Morrish.

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Creative Minds Session 8

This week we started with a litle exercise to get the creative juices flowing. It's a fun one you might like to try yourself: we partnered up and then each person thought of a word, partners tell each other their word and the task is to draw whatever image comes to mind when the two words are combined. So, If I say "Whiskey" and you say "Rabbit", then we each have to draw what comes to mind when we think about "Whiskey-Rabbit"! 

See if you can guess the words from the pictures below. Some of them are easier than others,  but the fun comes from seeing how different people's minds work.

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