The Pier Arts Centre in Orkney

Looking for a fun, free and creative afternoon in Orkney? Visit the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness and get up close to amazing artwork from some of the most influential artists of the 20th century. Their permanent collection originally came from author, peace activist and philanthropist Margaret Gardiner and contains work from Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis as well as contemporary artists such as Sean Scully, Eva Rothschild, and Olafur Eliasson, as well as local artists Sylvia Wishart and Stanley Cursiter.

Why visit the Pier Arts Centre?

If you're looking for a great activity for a rainy day in Orkney this is the perfect place to get inspired!

They also run new exhibitions all the time, so check out their website to see what’s on now, or turn up and be surprised! If you’re looking for something to do on a rainy day then this is a great choice. Art fans won’t want to miss out on this hidden gem.

  • Free entry
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am-5 pm
  • Booking available online
  • If you have access requirements please email or call in advance

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