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Pier Arts Centre

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Unexpected gem in the centre of Stromness

The Pier Arts Centre was an unexpected find when I was visiting Stromness. It is an art gallery and... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
paullegate
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St Ives, United Kingdom
Lovely small gallery - above expectations.

Gallery is small (free), intimate and beautifully presented inside with superb view over Stromness... read more

Reviewed October 9, 2018
Fargo2016
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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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...more
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28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

The problem with reviewing an art gallery is that you are reviewing what is there when you visit, and of course this changes over time. The gallery had a large exhibition of contemporary paintings on the theme of the Arctic, not my bag at all...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank David A
Reviewed October 11, 2018

I think we were unlucky in that, the day we visited, the arts centre was between exhibitions; there is a small permanent display of art, but I was disappointed not to see more. The various pieces of arts and crafts for sale here are very...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bryony M
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Gallery is small (free), intimate and beautifully presented inside with superb view over Stromness harbour. Staff are welcoming - a gallery above expectations. We were there during a Barbara Rae exhibition which was excellent and were invited to an open evening. Galleries in the Scottish...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Fargo2016
Reviewed September 10, 2018

This exceeded our expectations with the standard and scope of the art on display which included well-known names. Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank PollyB184
Reviewed August 28, 2018

Accessible to handicapped visitors and that is good Current photography exhibit was thought-provoking and of excellent quality Expected to see more modern visual art, sculpture , or textiles in permanent collection glad film is represented as an art form but it did not interest me...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Enrico51
Reviewed August 18, 2018

The Pier Arts Centre in lovely Stromness is definitely one of the town's highlights and shouldn't be missed. The modern building is situated on the waterfront, with windows of various sizes providing beautiful harbour views and excellent lighting. The displayed creations were primarily contemporary and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Shaked007
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Whole family enjoyed the visit. The kids 'treasure hunt' was a great success both the the under 10s and the teen version. Complex mix of art in a quirky setting with views over the harbour. I enjoyed the mix of medium with photos, framed and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MKkim-Glasgow
Reviewed July 31, 2018

Some high quality modern art in a fantastic building - great collection of Barbara Hepworth sculpture is the highlight but lots more to see too.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank DrewBusby
Reviewed July 5, 2018 via mobile

I am giving the 4* rating largely because of the quality and style of thus building. So far as the art exhibits are concerned they lacked the 'wow' factor that I had anticipated. Surprisingly much of the available wall space was empty of exhibits. Disappointing,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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July 28, 2018|
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