Pier Arts Centre

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness: Hours, Address, Pier Arts Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

Pier Arts Centre
4.5
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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.
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susie5821
Okehampton, UK18 contributions
A gem, a jewel in Stromness’s crown. Especially the exhibition around George Mackay Brown, son of Stromness. The Scottish Bestiary was fab.
Modern building flooded with light, warm welcome from the young lady on reception…and it’s free.
Allow plenty time, it’s gorgeous
Written September 18, 2021
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Paul Legate
St Ives, UK20,064 contributions
Solo
The Pier Arts Centre was an unexpected find when I was visiting Stromness. It is an art gallery and a museum and was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of fine art donated to by the author and peace activist Margaret Gardiner. There are also exhibitions and events that are held at the Arts Centre. The collection is reputed to be one of the finest in the UK and is an absolute gem of a place and something I wasn’t expecting when I stopped off at Stromness.
Written December 26, 2018
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Kristina E
Ottawa, Canada14 contributions
Friends
What a surprising and lovely selection of an important period of 20th Century British art.
This tiny gallery overlooking Stromness harbour is small treasure - if only we could have more opportunities like this to see such rich, small, private collections. The scale is humane, and that allows you more time to look and think about the art. Bravo Stromness (and the government funds) that chose to build and support the Pier.
Written July 29, 2013
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RonnieAnderson
Linlithgow, UK305 contributions
Couples
Popped in on a very rainy day so it was busy. The current exhibition in the Artist Rooms is Damien Hirst - not to my taste but impressive exhibits including 'Away from the flock'. Nice ambience with friendly and knowledgeable staff. Looking forward to revisiting when the gallery is quieter. There is no charge for admission. Well worth a visit.
Written June 21, 2015
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Sara M
3 contributions
Business
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!
Written November 30, 2014
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Cathie T
Worcestershire, UK92 contributions
Couples
According to the light installation currently outside the Pier Arts Centre, either it or Stomness (it's unclear which is intended) is 'A Place Beyond Belief". Hyperbole perhaps, but this little gallery certainly more than lives up to expectations. When we visited in August 2013, the temporary exhibition on the ground floor was intelligent and well presented (much better in quality than these things so often are), but the real delight was the permanent collection housed upstairs. Owing to the bequest of an Orkney resident, the gallery houses a remarkable collection of twentieth century art, mostly from the St Ives School. The Barbara Hepworths and Ben Nicholsons just glow in their lovely fresh, light filled setting. Another really clever touch is the typed comments of local school children, which offer a further level of insight and sometimes gentle amusement. This is a small, relaxed gallery which takes about an hour to go round and - like many of Orkney's attractions - there is no entrance charge. Definitely recommended.
Written August 18, 2013
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SwordMaiden
Newton Abbot, UK536 contributions
Couples
Another fantastic free place to visit on Orkney.
The design of the building is superb and captures both light and unexpected views.
Although I was not so keen on the temporary exhibitions, the permanent art on display is wonderful. I also really appreciated the comments by local primary school children on the paintings, which shows this part of the community and a resource to ge shared and enjoyed by all
Written August 5, 2013
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AndyD756
Gothenburg, Sweden8 contributions
Family
Stromness is a sleepy fishing village on Orkney , whose slumber is barely disturbed by the regular Scrabster ferry unloading its small cargo of tourists and traffic. An unlikely place , for such a fantastic art gallery, containing such a unique collection of 20th century modernist art by Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth and others. Unlikely but at the same time an utterly perfect location. The building is flooded with natural light, often diffused through large frosted panes, and through windows providing a wonderful set, with their vistas of the harbour, sea and nearby Hoy, for the paintings and sculpture. An absolute must-visit place, alone worth the ferry crossing from Scotland.
Written July 30, 2013
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Bigal57
Yell, UK396 contributions
Couples
Because my wife is an artist, we have visited art galleries all over the world. This is one of the most beautiful gallery spaces we have seen anywhere in the world. The core collection of Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson is worth the trip alone. When we went, the main show was a stunning Sylvia Wishart collection.
Written September 17, 2011
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Jayjaystaffordshire
Staffordshire17 contributions
Solo
A beautiful arts collection displayed with sympathy, lightness and comfort. This interesting art centre is a joy to wander through and appreciate. What a gem and thank you to the late Margaret Gardiner who donated her art collection to the people of Stromness. When I visited admission was free.
Written June 21, 2019
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Many thanks for your review. Thanks indeed to Margaret Gardiner!
Written August 12, 2019
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