AN TOBAR is the only publicly funded, multidisciplinary arts centre in Argyll. Established by a group of committed individuals in 1997, it has grown to become a vibrant centre for visual arts, craft and music, promoting innovative and creative work at the heart of this island community.

An Tobar History

An Tobar began life as a concept in 1993 when a group of local people formed a steering group to investigate the possibilities of raising the necessary finance to rescue the derelict old school which had closed in 1976.

Led by Mary Norton Sherbatskoy, the steering group were successful in their aims and, with support from various funders, including becoming the first arts project in Scotland to receive support from the National Lottery, the work commenced in 1995.  


The renovation was carried out in two stages, first making the building wind and watertight and then transforming the interior.    

Architects & Contractors

The building work was supervised by architect John Renshaw and carried out to a very high standard by local contractors Norman MacDonald Ltd whose workforce included many ex-pupils of the school.

The Tobermory Arts Centre
Argyll Terrace
Isle of Mull
PA75 6PB

Tel: 01688 302211


March and April, October to December
Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm

May to September
Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm

(Open Sunday 2-5pm in July and August)

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