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A key focus for Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust has been the development of positive partnerships both locally, regionally and nationally for the benefit of all. We have been delighted to work very closely with community groups, artists and schools across Cowal, and we have developed work in partnership with projects that support young people at risk, the elderly, those with mental health problems and children with additional support needs.

We have developed strong links with arts organisations across the country, including The Glasgow School of Art, ARTIST ROOMS, Streetlevel Photoworks, Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Tate, The Scottish National Gallery and Craft Scotland. All of these connections have helped us to extend and develop the programme of activities that we can offer and have established Dunoon Burgh Hall as a place where world-class cultural events do happen.

We have also welcomed the support of many local businesses, which have backed elements of our work to establish this new cultural facility for the community.

Working in Partnership
We aim to provide a creative programme that helps meet the broader needs of the community and we are delighted to have been able to develop positive partnerships with a range of local groups and projects.
These include:
YouthSTUFF Youth Theatre
Cowal Open Studios
Cowal DJ Academy
The HELP Project
Dunoon Link Club
Cowal Elderly Befrienders
Crossroads Care for Carers
Castle House Museum
Argyll & Bute Council Libraries

In establishing Dunoon Film Festival we were able to work in close partnership with Dunoon’s Studio Cinema. The Film Festival acted as a catalyst for the establishment of Cowal Cinema Club, which now meets monthly in the cinema to enjoy films from around the world.

Supporting Learning
Central to our creative programming is the desire to provide learning opportunities for all ages. We are delighted to be able to provide learning activities for Cowal’s primary schools and Dunoon Grammar Schoo. Some Burgh Hall initiatives which provided new learning activities for our schools have included:
  • ARTIST ROOMS Robert Mapplethorpe Exhibition Learning Programme
  • Cowal Open Studios Robert Stewart Exhibition
  • Holy Loch Heritage - The American Presence
Sustaining the Local Economy
Part of our mission is to help sustain and enhance the local economy and we know that many of our events and activities have attracted new visitors to Dunoon and Cowal. As a direct result, our programme has brought in new business for local hotels and guest houses, restaurants and cafes. We also use local businesses on a regular basis for printing, repair materials, catering supplies and stationery.

Our creative programme has provided many freelance work opportunities for a growing number of local artists and our frequent exhibitions and craft fayres have provided an opportunity for many artists and makers, both professional and amateur, to showcase and sell their work.

Our Business Supporters
Many local businesses have bought advertising space in our promotional newspapers, sponsored film screenings at our first Dunoon Film Festival and contributed numerous prizes for our many fundraising events.

We have had incredible in-kind contributions from a number of local companies and we are deeply endebted in particular to John Brown (Strone) Ltd builders for their ongoing support with our frequent building issues.

Four local businesses, The Swallow Cafe, Gibson’s Electrical Shop, The Observer Shop and Bookpoint, have all kindly acted as ticket outlets for our events free of charge.

We have had great support in promoting our work from The Dunoon Observer, ForArgyll.com, Visit Scotland, Visit Cowal and the Cowal Courier.

We look forward to continuing to work closely with PA23 BID, the business improvement district project for Dunoon.

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