AN overlooked collection of modern African art in Scottish schools has been rediscovered by academics at the University of St Andrews.

New research reveals that they are by some of the continent’s most notable modernist artists; together they provide a range of insights into the interests and concerns that pervaded the era of independence.

The paintings, prints and drawings were acquired for the Argyll Collection, a public art initiative founded by writer Naomi Mitchison and art advisor Jim Tyre in the early 1960s for the people of Argyll and Bute.

In the years since they were purchased, the historical significance of these works had been overlooked, with many misattributed and their stories untold.

Dr Kate Cowcher of the University of St Andrews said: “It has been remarkable to uncover their histories. To have the opportunity to bring these artworks together and share their stories with those living in the area, as well as further afield is a privilege.”