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Pier Arts Centre

28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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A real gem

What a wonderful asset to Stromness. Some truly excellent pieces with Hepworth's Orpheus macquette... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Lusy S
Burghead, United Kingdom
via mobile
Outstanding art & design

I love this place. The building is a marvel - design is super and so many surprising views of the... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Petaluma, California
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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.
  • Excellent72%
  • Very good17%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful asset to Stromness. Some truly excellent pieces with Hepworth's Orpheus macquette a real treat.

Thank Lusy S
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

I love this place. The building is a marvel - design is super and so many surprising views of the outside - turn the building itself into art. The collections - excellent local artists, and others. A open research room filled with voids and comfortable...More

Thank cate949
Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

It does have some interesting works, and the exhibitions do mean you might get more interesting art than we saw. Probably worth doing but manage your expectations!

Thank Edmo1066
Reviewed 24 August 2017

We were disappointed with our visit here. The atmosphere is more like a library than what we thought would be a vibrant arts centre and we were disappointed that there was no cafe or refreshments available.

Thank Gill R
Reviewed 23 August 2017

Beautifully converted and extended existing buildings fit in to the Stromness street scene, but as you walk further in you marvel at the size and the clever use of light. No wonder it won an award. The art on display from a private collection donated...More

Thank Simon M
Reviewed 14 August 2017

A small gallery overlooking the pretty harbour of Stromness. Plenty of interesting pieces of art to look at. Went with my two children aged 8 and 9. Unfortunately, we were not made aware of the art trail activity that could have been picked up from...More

Thank bjer4
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Went here and loved the exhibition of the conversations with magic stones. Loved the layout and lighting of the few stones here. My favourite was the stones behind the glass. I was confused by the reflecting exhibition. Also liked the story of Stromness over 200...More

Thank Laurence B
Reviewed 4 August 2017

What a great gallery - a seriously impressive collection of 20th century British art in a beautiful building, really sensitively converted. A great find. A real gem of the Orkneys.

Thank WeekenderYork
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful small gallery with a nice range of pieces and great views of the harbour. Wish we had had more time to sit peacefully and do some sketching. Particularly enjoyed the blend of older and newer pieces.

Thank Rmac1111
Reviewed 22 July 2017

This beautiful small museum has probably the best collection of British Modernists, outside London. Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. All were collected and donated by Margaret Gardiner. Alongside them in this lovely pier-side gallery are excellent works by Orcadian artists - probably...More

Thank Arnoldbakers
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