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Pier Arts Centre

Open Now: 10:30 - 17:00
Open today: 10:30 - 17:00
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Lovely small gallery - above expectations.

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greater London, United Kingdom
A lovely surprise

This exceeded our expectations with the standard and scope of the art on display which included... read more

Reviewed 10 September 2018
Newcastle upon Tyne, 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
+44 1856 850209
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All reviews barbara hepworth permanent collection modern art st ives beautiful building local artists wonderful gallery on display a real gem unassuming entrance gallery space an art form free entry for sale special exhibition lovely setting well worth a visit
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Bryony M
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Fargo2016
Reviewed 10 September 2018

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

Thank PollyB184
Reviewed 29 August 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

Thank Enrico51
Reviewed 18 August 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

Thank Shaked007
Reviewed 10 August 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

Thank MKkim-Glasgow
Reviewed 31 July 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.

Thank DrewBusby
Reviewed 5 July 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

Thank Ronald S
Reviewed 30 June 2018

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
Reviewed 30 June 2018

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

Thank TravellerCleethorpes
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Entrance is free with a voluntary donation.