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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
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Description: 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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In my top three galleries in the world

What Orkney has taught me is if you really look, you will find some amazing things and none more so than the Pier Arts Centre. With an unassuming frontage on the main street in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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Montrose, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

What Orkney has taught me is if you really look, you will find some amazing things and none more so than the Pier Arts Centre. With an unassuming frontage on the main street in Stromness, what lies inside is a rich permanent collection of mid 20th century abstract art that is complemented by an intelligently curated temporary exhibition (currently Orkney... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Do the people of Stromness and beyond know how amazing this museum is? It is such a gem with a great programme and a fantastic modern collection. I have not eaten there though!

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Northern Ireland
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48 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

The town of Stromness is beautiful steeped in history and in the middle is this amazing Arts Centre - modern but fitting into the overall feel of the town and lovely staff - exhibits really good and a lovely shop - dont miss a visit if you are in the area

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The position and building themselves make this a good experience, but the well chosen exhibition with an emphasis on local painters and connections maintain an individual quality of making a visit a strong priority for those who might not normally think of visiting art galleries.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

An amazing collection of work by both local and (inter)national artists: Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson are particularly well represented. The building itself is worth the visit

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

A lovely gallery. Some really nice pieces. It really is worth a visit. There are a lot of Barbara. Hepworth prices. This gallery is a really good venue in this wee town.

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Northamptonshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Large modern installation on site - modern mobile art is not my thing, but well worth the visit Note that paring is a problem - be aware that 10 minute wait areas are around - but longer stays require finding

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Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Spent 40 minutes here. Building is a good use if space. The fixed exhibit has a couple of hepworths. The video installation I though was a bit pretentious bug the rest of the current seasonal exhibition was good.

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The unassuming entrance on the high street gives little away about the scale of the building and collection on display here. We went in expecting to spend 10-15mins and ended up staying an hour. There's a great variety of items on display and the architecture is stunning. A great asset for Stromness.

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Leipzig, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Stromness is a lovely place anyway, but the Pier Arts Centre is the cream on the coffee. A wonderful collection. I was especially very happy to see so many works of the St Ives gang, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis. But also enjoyed the temporary exhibition.

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