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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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10:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Modern, classy gallery in a lovely setting

I was only in Stromness for a few hours, and knew nothing of this gallery, so was delighted to find it, and although the main space was closed in readiness for their Christmas... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Gillingham, Dorset
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Gillingham, Dorset
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I was only in Stromness for a few hours, and knew nothing of this gallery, so was delighted to find it, and although the main space was closed in readiness for their Christmas exhibition I thoroughly enjoyed the works in the more permanent part of the building. The building itself is a delight, modern and functional, light and open, and... More 

Thank burntbacon
Linlithgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Attractive arts centre in central Stromness. Changing displays in beautiful gallery spaces. Staff were quite indifferent to our presence.

Thank 312mari
Torphins, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Fantastic use of the building with wonderful light and space. Free entry and it backs on to the waterfront. There was a Damien Hirst exhibition on when we visited, which was very unexpected for a place such as Stromness. Well worth a visit.

Thank DeesideDowser
Manchester, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

Very beautiful little contemporary art gallery with a surprisingly good collection which includes a number of works by Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, Ben Nicholson and other major British names of the C20th. Worth visiting for the building alone and the permanent collection and inventive exhibitions and new commissions make it even more special.

Thank sarahirving
Kelso, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Modern art- good examples if that's your thing. At present there is an exhibition by Damien Hirst on show alongside the Centre’s Collection of 20th and 21st century Modernist art. Personally it's not of my choice but its great to see art in faraway places.

Thank Sockknitter5
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 via mobile

What a gem, like the tardis its bigger on the inside than you expect. Right in the centre of Stromness, with views over the harbour, and free entry. It was quiet busy when I was there largely because I was lucky enough to visit during the Damian Hirst exhibition What was refreshing was the ability to enjoy the pieces without... More 

Thank Sue H
Jedburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

I didn't really get the displays to be honest very modern art that I just didn't get. The building and the layout was lovely. Free entry which was a bonus as would have been a bit disappointed if I'd paid

Thank KB1285
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I'm not an art lover to be honest but Orkney is lucky to have this facility. The building is nice and modern and the views from it are lovely. We saw the Damian Hirst which did nothing for me but it is nice that the good folk of Orkney can see it first hand.

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Warrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

lovely unexpected architecture in amidst an old town. Loved the Barbara Hepworth but not that keen on the Damien Hurst stuff. Well stocked shop and great views over the harbour

Thank Nicky1964299
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I particularly recommend this art gallery for parents, teachers etc with a group of young people looking for something to do. The art centre staff are wonderfully patient and keen to share their enthusiasm for art with young people. I adore this building. It's a great place to wander round. The permanent collection has several renowned British painters associated with... More 

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