Pier Arts Centre

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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.

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Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Ben Nicholson
  • Naum Gabo
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Painting of a House

Hoy in Mind: 2-day adult workshop

  • 16 — 17 May 2015 9:15am-5pm

This is a fantastic opportuntity to follow in the footsteps of influential artists such as Sylvia Wishart and Bet Low. Inspired by their work and by the beautiful landscape of Hoy and Rackwick, this two-day workshop offers a great chance to soak up the atmosphere of the island which has provided such dramatic material for artists over many decades. Working outside, with the changing light and its influence on the landscape, our artist will provide a background to past works while giving direction to your own drawing and painting skills. A great way to share a unique experience.
Booking essential. Maximum of 10 participants on workshop.

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Children Running

Hoy in Mind: Children's art workshops

  • 16 — 17 May 2015

No need to worry about drawing on the walls here - there are none! With the beautiful Hoy landscape as both backdrop and inspiration, we've got lots of different materials to tempt your little ones into creating a home-from-home-made masterpiece. We'll be looking at how to really 'see' what is in front of you and dabbling in different ways to capture the colour, form and texture of our great landscape. Embrace the great outdoors - and take a little bit home with you!
The workshop lasts one hour and is for a maximum of 25 people.

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Pier Arts Centre
Victoria Street
Orkney Islands
KW16 3AA






01856 850209


01856 851462

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