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Pier Arts Centre

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Address: 28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 1856 850209
10:30 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 10:30 - 17:00

The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney was established in 1979 to provide a home...

The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of British fine art donated by Margaret Gardiner (1904 - 2005). Alongside the permanent collection The Pier Arts Centre curates a year round programme of temporary exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public.

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A 'Must Do' Art Experience in Stromness

Even if you hadn't planned a visit, you almost fall over The Pier Arts Centre as you turn left and walk down the street from the ferry terminal. And what a gem ! The Arts Centre... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Even if you hadn't planned a visit, you almost fall over The Pier Arts Centre as you turn left and walk down the street from the ferry terminal. And what a gem ! The Arts Centre provides a fascinating experience on all levels starting with the building itself, inside and out. It marries the old and new beautifully, and is... More 

Thank Ford65
Taunton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

I am trying to find the best and most affordable place to swim with dolphins for my daughters birthday

Thank klani1205
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

I had looked forward to this visit as I really like the St Ives artists. These I did enjoy but the contemporary exhibition did not appeal to me. There was a film showing as part of this exhibition that was overwhelming the whole building, the noise from it spoiled the visit. I do not know how the staff on the... More 

Thank 2Wabisabi
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Unbelievable! The mantras were so close I thought they would hit us (but they didn't). An experience I will never forget.

Thank 226camille
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful little gallery to find in Stromness - marvellous collection esp of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicolson. Lovely converted historic building too with modern sympathetic extension, in great pierside location.

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Tibshelf, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We were really surprised to find such a wonderful gallery in a small town in the Orkney Islands - it certainly punches above it's weight. The building is beautiful, a lovely piece of architecture. The collection includes works by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson and also had some works by Anish Kapoor. This is a really wonderful little gallery and... More 

Thank Alan S
Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Quite rightly this is an award winning building sitting nicely on the harbour side. The permanent collection includes many pieces by renowned artists including Barbara Hepworth.

Thank davidzmitchell
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

We love this art gallery and visit it every time we visit Stromness - about once a year. It never fails to delight and amaze. We love the permanent collection featuring some of our favourite artists from St. Ives - Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Terry Frost and Roger Hilton. There is also a Sean Scully as well as featuring local... More 

Thank Alison G
Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

The building is somewhat at odds with the rest of Stromness, but if the current collection on show is anything to go by it is a classic case of style over substance.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Something of a tardis of a building, well worth a visit and best of all it's free. It's got a couple of Hepworths but one was on tour. I enjoyed the local artists work (Wishart) who painted the view from her window,

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