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Pier Arts Centre

28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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Beautiful gallery with interesting pieces of art

A small gallery overlooking the pretty harbour of Stromness. Plenty of interesting pieces of art to... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Some good exhibits and some confusing ones

Went here and loved the exhibition of the conversations with magic stones. Loved the layout and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Laurence B
Aberdeen, 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 programme of temporary exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public.
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  • Very good18%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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Reviewed 4 days ago

A small gallery overlooking the pretty harbour of Stromness. Plenty of interesting pieces of art to look at. Went with my two children aged 8 and 9. Unfortunately, we were not made aware of the art trail activity that could have been picked up from...More

Thank bjer4
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here and loved the exhibition of the conversations with magic stones. Loved the layout and lighting of the few stones here. My favourite was the stones behind the glass. I was confused by the reflecting exhibition. Also liked the story of Stromness over 200...More

Thank Laurence B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great gallery - a seriously impressive collection of 20th century British art in a beautiful building, really sensitively converted. A great find. A real gem of the Orkneys.

Thank WeekenderYork
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful small gallery with a nice range of pieces and great views of the harbour. Wish we had had more time to sit peacefully and do some sketching. Particularly enjoyed the blend of older and newer pieces.

Thank Rmac1111
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful small museum has probably the best collection of British Modernists, outside London. Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Peter Lanyon, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. All were collected and donated by Margaret Gardiner. Alongside them in this lovely pier-side gallery are excellent works by Orcadian artists - probably...More

Thank Arnoldbakers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every moment was great. Loved the service. The crew was helpful and very entertaining and friendly. The snorkeling at The Cook Monument was amazing.

Thank mom_bergmann
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Small local Art Museum featuring local and unique exhibitions. Appropriate size and displays for a small community. For the traveler ... public WC inside.

Thank Storyteller-N03
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We went to the Gallery by accident really - we were filling in time before boarding the ferry back to Scrabster. It is wonderful! The architects responsible should be very proud. I knew Andrew Doolan and he would be so pleased that this building won...More

Thank EllaE2834
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

This gallery has fewer than 200 exhibits - enough to spend an hour or two, but not overwhelming. Housed in a beautiful building, it displays works by Orkney artists and many of their well-known friends, collaborators and colleagues, such as Barbara Hepworth. A worthwhile visit.

Thank Relaxationseeker_10
Reviewed 28 June 2017

We were staying next door and walked past for 5 days before venturing inside. What a revelation. Instead of a few local scenes and a gift shop, we found a stunning collection of mostly 20th century British art. Lots of Hepworth, Nicholson and Wallis as...More

Thank Jeff1903
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