Art collections to go online

An online showcase of oil paintings has been launched by Argyll and Bute Council.

‘Painting of The Month’ will feature a painting from collections owned by the council, with the aim of increasing the number of people who can view and enjoy the art.Islay

Just click here to view this month’s painting and read details of ‘Loch Gruinart’ by Perpetua Pope, which is part of probably the best known of the three collections owned by the council – the Argyll Collection.

The council’s policy lead for community and culture, Robin Currie, said: “The council has been entrusted with the care and safekeeping of a wide variety of works of art in every medium.

“They have been donated, purchased and received through bequest, and contribute greatly to education in our schools as well as providing a rich cultural experience for visitors to our public buildings, museum and libraries.

“Through providing a monthly online access point there is the opportunity to enjoy some of this work from the comfort of your home or on the move through any mobile device.”

In three collections there are more than 350 works of art, which are shown in offices, schools and public buildings and special exhibitions.

They are the Argyll Collection, the Anderson Trust Art Collection and the council’s Museums and Libraries Collection.

Helensburgh Library is home to the Anderson Trust Art Collection of around 90 works and a selection of these paintings is displayed in the library from January to June each year.

This collection was established in the 1980s on the death of Miss Ann Anderson, a former town councillor and Helensburgh’s first woman Bailie.

Before her death Miss Anderson expressed her wish that her collection of paintings, all of which are associated with the area, either by artist or subject matter, should be kept for the area, and on this basis the Anderson Trust was established.

In 1998 the Anderson Collection was given a permanent home in the new Helensburgh Library.

To read more about The Anderson Trust Art Collection go to the Helensburgh Heritage Trust website.