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Argyll and Bute

VisitScotland boosts Argyll events

Two events in Argyll and the Isles have been given a boost after receiving a share of £147, 576 from EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

Taking place from August 21 to 24, the Scottish National Sheep Dog Trials will see 150 handlers and dogs in Scotland compete for a place in the top 15 to represent Scotland at the International Sheep Dog Trial. It is supported by a £5,000 EventScotland award, which will go towards hiring event equipment.

Mull Rally will be celebrating its 50th anniversary from October 11 to 13 as rally drivers from around the UK take on the challenge of 150 competitive miles on the island’s roads. An award of £12,000 has been made by EventScotland for event promotion, the creation of a spectator hub and an internet radio service.

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland Regional Director, said: ‘I am delighted we are supporting the Scottish National Sheep Dog Trials as they come to the Isle of Bute and the Mull Rally as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Both events will bring new visitors to the region where they can discover the fantastic offering of Argyll and the Isles.’


MSP advice surgery

Argyll and Bute MSP Michael Russell is hosting an advice surgery in Ardrishaig.

On Wednesday July 31 Mr Russell will be giving advice and answers on Argyll and Bute matters.

The surgery will be held in Ardrishaig Public Hall throughout the day. For appointments or more information contact Michael Russell’s office by emailing michael.russell.msp@parliament.scot or calling 01369 702011.


The Bank of Ideas

Bute Island Alliance hopes to develop the old Clydesdale Bank in Rothesay into an enterprise hub to support local people to get their business ideas up and running.

Calling itself The Bank of Ideas, the enterprise hub is presenting its first contemporary art exhibition by local artist Grace Siregar. The private view, which has a performance element, will be held at noon on Saturday July 27.

Bute Island Alliance spokesperson Ellen Potter said: ‘It is a pilot project and we are testing out ideas over the coming months. There is hot desk space, retail pop-up potential, demonstration/creative workshop, events and meeting space.’

Grace’s solo show, Paralysing Mood, explores crossing continents, arriving in a new place and the moments of joy and of deep fatigue that a 21st century nomadic lifestyle can bring.

Following on from exhibitions in Senegal’s National Gallery of the Arts in Dakar and the Yaounde RAVY Biennale in Cameroon, this is Siregar’s first exhibition in Scotland, where she is now resident.

The ethnically Batak artist – Batak is an ethnic group from Indonesia – will present 15 works of art in this solo exhibition. Among these are two video installations, five sculptures, three photography works and four paintings. These four paintings are dark abstract works influenced by Mark Rothko. The preparation has taken one and a half years from the inception of the ideas and working them out in visual forms.

The exhibition runs at The Bank of Ideas on 17 High Street, Rothesay, from Saturday July 27 to Saturday August 17.