Pier Arts Centre
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.
Pier Arts Centre Collection
- 9 February — 24 December 2016 *on now
The Collection, though small in scale, encompasses paintings and sculptures of exceptional quality by the key artists who were instrumental in importing and extending the ideas of the European avant-garde to Britain.
The grouping of works exemplifies the definition and refinement of that particularly British manifestation of Modernism and also contains fine examples of work by Patrick Heron, Sir Terry Frost, Margaret Mellis, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Davie, Alfred Wallis and Naum Gabo among others.
- Family friendly
- 13 May 2016 8-10pm
Join us for an out-of-hours tour of the Pier Arts Centre in the 'grimlings' which is Orkney dialect for twilight. On this free guided tour of the Pier Arts Centre you can explore the collection of twentieth and twenty-first century modernist art. The tour will have a particular focus on works that involve light – either as a quality in the depiction of landscape, as an inspiration or as material and tool in the work’s creation. So make the most of Orkney's extended hours of daylight for this Festival of Museums.
Pier Arts Centre