Pier Arts Centre

Pier Arts Centre
Victoria Street
Orkney Islands
KW16 3AA






01856 850209


01856 851462

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The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness houses a remarkable collection of 20th Century British art. The collection charts the development of modern art in Britain and includes key works by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Naum Gabo among others.

The Centre's founder, Margaret Gardiner (1904 -2005), was a close friend of many of the artists represented in the Pier Gallery Collection and her decision to give a large part of her personal collection to the people of Orkney led to the opening of the Centre in 1979.

The Gallery also presents a changing programme of local, national and international exhibitions and events. The Collection and temporary exhibitions are housed in two stylishly converted buildings that lie at the heart of a conservation area, which recognises Stromness' unique townscape. Together all these factors provide a pleasurable and entertaining experience for the visitor to the Pier Arts Centre.

Venue Type:


Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Ben Nicholson
  • Naum Gabo
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.


  • 21 June — 23 August 2014 *on now

MICROMEGAS > POWERS OF 10 - 58°57’53”N - 3°17’45”W brings together works by Pavel Büchler, Dora Garcia, Jonathan Monk, Scott Myles, Thomson & Craighead, Marco Stout, Tracy Mackenna & Edwin Janssen, a text by Mark Dorrian along with books and print-works published by Orkney based Hansel Cooperative Press and Brae Editions.

Mircromegas explores ideas relating to perceptions of scale, philosophical & scientific thought and human foible. Referencing Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design's unique Artists’ Books Collection Dundee (abcD), the exhibition investigates notions of portability, reproduction, distribution and presentation and the potential for artist’s book in contemporary art and curatorial practice.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Orcadia & Other Stories

  • 21 June — 23 August 2014 *on now

Orcadia & Other Stories is a major exhibition of work by Zoë Walker & Neil Bromwich spanning more than 15 years of production. The exhibition will provide a survey of the artist’s work to date alongside new work created especially for the exhibition in Orkney.

The artist’s interest in archaeology, local mythology and energy production are brought together in new sculptural work reflecting ancient Orcadian culture, as well as more recent island innovations, in creative and revealing ways.

Orkney is leading the way in the development of tidal and wave energy technologies and this activity sits alongside the more traditional industries of farming, fishing, tourism and cultural heritage. This backdrop provides a narrative of change and development that highlights divergent views of the future that feed into the exhibition through the artists’ collaborative and informal approach.

Walker & Bromwich have gained a significant international profile for their work, creating highly original and thought provoking sculptural installations and performances around the world, reflecting on local custom, mythologies and identity to define new ways of being.

Suitable for

  • Any age