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Pier Arts Centre

28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
+44 1856 850209
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A superb feature

I am giving the 4* rating largely because of the quality and style of thus building. So far as the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ronald S
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St Andrews, United Kingdom
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Perfect gallery

This was such a great small gallery, beautiful building, perfect exhibition space, good art work... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SKaustralia
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Byron Bay, Australia
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good19%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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28-30 Victoria Street, Stromness KW16 3AA, Scotland
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+44 1856 850209
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"barbara hepworth"
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"permanent collection"
in 13 reviews
"modern art"
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"st ives"
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"local artists"
in 7 reviews
"beautiful building"
in 7 reviews
"wonderful gallery"
in 4 reviews
"a real gem"
in 5 reviews
"on display"
in 8 reviews
"unassuming entrance"
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"gallery space"
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"british painters"
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"free entry"
in 7 reviews
"for sale"
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"special exhibition"
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"lovely setting"
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"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank Ronald S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was such a great small gallery, beautiful building, perfect exhibition space, good art work and very hepful staff. Well worth a visit.

Thank SKaustralia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this after lunch on the Maxi Orkney tour sadly not mentioned by our guide.Many exhibits by Barbara Hepworth and paintings by her spouse Ben.Free entry and a very helpful receptionist.Spend 30-60 mins here

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are some really interesting artworks on display here, but all very modern. For some, this will be endlessly intriguing and rewarding, for others a waste of time. But worthwhile for anybody who likes a challenge.

Thank Alan A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Delightfully situated in Stromness High Street. Doubles as the tourist office as well as the cultural centre. Helpful staff. An interesting collection of impressive artwork. Beautiful views out over Stromness harbour.

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

A very nice gallery of talented artists in a wonderful historic building! Well laid out and wonderful natural lighting!

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Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

The building itself if architecturally interesting. It's in the centre of Stromness and easy to find. Centre was endowed by Margaret Gardner an art philanthropist. Contains numerous works of Ben Nicholson and his wife Barbara Hepworth. Entrance is free.

Thank Rob D
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

This tour was absolutely amazing! I’ll definitely take this tour again when I return. They’re knowledgeable about snorkeling safely, the history of the island and ancestors. Great people to snorkel with!

1  Thank spruitt0821
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Reviewed 20 May 2018

Great boat and crew. The ride to Captain Cooks Monument was perfect dolphins all the way. Snorkeling was awesome!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

A superb building housing a great art collection. Lots of stuff to entertain children whilst the adults can absorbe the artworks. Drawing tables with paint and crayons for younger children and treasure hunts for older children. Staff very helpful and friendly. A must if you're...More

Thank Mando1inMan
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