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The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

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The Pier Arts Centre, OrkneyThe Pier is home to a small but important collection of British Modernist paintings, drawings and sculptures. The Gardiner collection includes works by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo, Alfred Wallis, Margaret Mellis, Peter Lanyon and Terry Frost, amongst others. Through the NCSS, The Pier looks to develop its collection through the acquisition of contemporary works that investigate or extend the Modernist aesthetic with particular emphasis on artists living and working in Orkney / Scotland and the Nordic countries.

  • Neil Firth, Director
  • Lyndsay Jess, Collections and Exhibitions Assistant
  • Andrew Parkinson, Curator

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An Unfolding Gift The Pier Arts Centre Collection

An Unfolding GiftA new, full colour Pier Arts Centre catalogue has been produced in collaboration with, and published by, Thames and Hudson. An Unfolding Gift includes a foreword by Nicholas Serota, Director of Tate and an introductory essay by writer and critic Mel Gooding. As well as containing essays from the original catalogue of 1979, it contains a fully illustrated and updated record of the permanent Collection.

Hardback 27x24cm, 192pp, 162 illustrations (153 in colour).

The catalogue is available from the gallery shop and all good bookshops priced £29.95.


Video interviews with Curators

The interviews below were conducted and produced by Kirstie Skinner, and filmed by Daniel Warren.