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Dunoon Burgh Hall reopens as contemporary arts centre

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Image caption It has taken almost 10 years to restore the hall

Dunoon Burgh Hall has reopened as a multi-million pound contemporary arts centre following an almost decade-long transformation.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the hall as it launched its first exhibition featuring work by Andy Warhol.

The 1874 listed building, the first theatre in Argyll, had fallen into disrepair and lay unused for decades.

It was bought by the John McAslan Family Trust for £1m in 2008.

The trust began the renovation project working alongside a local community group and has received more than £3.5m from charitable donations and funding awards.

The Dunoon Burgh Hall Trust said it offered flexible spaces in which to promote arts and culture as well as a cafe, workshops and a community garden.

Ms Sturgeon said: "The renovation and reopening of Dunoon Burgh Hall is a result of the hard work and determination of the community to restore the building to its former glory and to provide a socially-important cultural centre for the town and beyond."

She added: "The hall will be a fantastic asset to Dunoon and the wider area, and will be enjoyed by both locals and visitors for generations to come."

The free exhibition featuring Warhol's work will run until 2 September.

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