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Pier Arts Centre

28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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Ranked #6 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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Chester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Exeter, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

I was looking forward to seeing the collection of paintings by Alfred Wallis, but was appalled to find that his 'Against Longships Fog' was bathed in hot, strong sunlight from an unshaded roof skylight. I spoke to a member of staff and explained that the sunlight would (a) fade the picture and (b) crack and degrade the paint. She seemed... More

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IainCurrie, digital coordinator at Pier Arts Centre, responded to this review

We care deeply about the work of Alfred Wallis (1855 – 1942) and about the care we offer to all the artworks in our collection. We care deeply about the experience visitors to the gallery enjoy and are very sorry that on this occasion that expectation has not been met. As reassurance: the windows and picture glazing are filter coated... More

Stromness, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

As I live within 10 miles of this attraction I often drop in to see the ever-changing art and display. The architecture and position in the picturesque town of Stromness raise your spirits before you see the art. The patrons successfully strive to intrigue and entertain. This free activity is surely worth a donation. There often children's activities available as... More

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Stromness, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

the permanent exhibition is interesting and there is often very different exhibitions. Lovely building and don't miss the view from the windows

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Edinburgh
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83 reviews 83 reviews
34 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

World class art - some pieces I remember from the Edinburgh Modern Art Gallery were on show...it is a lovely building and the collection was well thought out and quite thought provoking. An unexpected delight!

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Stromness, United Kingdom
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Excellent facility for displaying art in a beautiful location. Not afraid to exhibit some of the more obscure art works, as well as the more "traditional". Such a lovely space.

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