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Pier Arts Centre

28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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Ranked #3 of 11 attractions in Stromness
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Buxton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We had been recommended the Pier Arts centre by a friend but nonetheless were amazed to find such an excellent art museum tucked away near the harbour at Stromness. It has a beautifully designed interior, which integrates views of the harbour into its architecture, and houses a small but splendid collection that includes works by Naum Gabo, Barbara Hepworth, Anish... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This amazing art gallery has a brilliant collection of St Ives Artists including Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. It is beautifully laid out in an lovely setting by the harbour. Well worth coming to Stromness for

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Chester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We visited this gallery for the first time after being told about the amazing new extension by local friends. We were not disappointed, the light and views are fantastic. The art was interesting, I just wish the staff on duty had been more helpful, we would have liked to have asked some questions but everyone we saw was busy with... More

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Biggar, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The gallery has a modern interior which is a great looking place to wander around and there is no entry fee. Not usually open on Sundays & Mondays (although June - September it is on a Monday). With a few exceptions we weren't so keen on the work displayed at the time of our visit - mostly modern abstract paintings... More

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Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

A fab collection of modern art including pieces from Hepburn and Kapoor. It's free entry too and the building itself is interesting.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

An interestig gallery in this small fishing village. I particularly enjoyed the comments on the paintings which had been written by local school children.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I was lucky enough to be shown around this fantastic venue by a very knowledgeable local friend of mine, so I was given extra insight into the lovely building and the exhibits. The centre is a lovely space, and houses some really interesting & stimulating exhibits. For anyone interested in the arts, I'd recommend a visit!

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