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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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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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Great building great location nice collection

Something of a tardis of a building, well worth a visit and best of all it's free. It's got a couple of Hepworths but one was on tour. I enjoyed the local artists work (Wishart... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Wendy D
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London, United Kingdom
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The building is somewhat at odds with the rest of Stromness, but if the current collection on show is anything to go by it is a classic case of style over substance.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Something of a tardis of a building, well worth a visit and best of all it's free. It's got a couple of Hepworths but one was on tour. I enjoyed the local artists work (Wishart) who painted the view from her window,

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Thank Wendy D
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

It is quite easy to miss the Pier Arts Centre as its frontage is modest and understated. But it is well worth a visit; the layout is over three floors but because of its unique design, it feels a bit like the Tardis once you get inside - there seem to be an endless number of rooms displaying all kinds... More 

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Thank John W
Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Lovely space good art From artists with local connection. Exhibitions always excellent. No admission fee makes it perfect.

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Thank artmac21
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

The Pier Arts Centre is a beautiful building but I found myself more interested with the architecture of the Centre than with the art on display.

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Thank BrokenTune
Warwickshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

The gallery it's leg I'd quite something - looks very humble from the outside but when you go in its fantastic. When we visited they had an exhibition of local artists 'Form and Function' which showed everything from jewellery to pottery to furniture! The first floor was there permanent exhibition which had a great selection of contemporary art. Everyone was... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

There is a really interesting collection here. Many of the permanent exhibits are from the St Ives artists (Hepworth, Nicholson, Wallace et al) and indeed it is well worth the trip just to see these. There are also changing temporary exhibitions, the one we saw (the work of 4 local artists) was also well worth it. The building is lovely,... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

Located in an award winning building, this gallery has a nice permanent collection, plus a varied season of events based on local artists and artisans. Well worth a visit when in Stromness.

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Blue Hill, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

Very carefully and elegantly presented crafts and art. Some for sale, some not. This is the top end of the crafting and art community. Don't miss it

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Thank Capnbob67
England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016

From the outside this gives little away to the treasures inside. If you are interested in Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth or Alfred Wallis you are in for a treat. This is quality over quantity. There is also a great exhibition of local artists, showcasing their craft. Some items are for sale and are very reasonable.

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