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The Pier Arts Centre continues its series of exhibitions celebrating the important role that artists play in our community today with a new display, opening on Saturday 4 September, until 2 October.

Created by Orkney artists Boyd & Grogan, the exhibition will highlight and explore aspects of a woman’s role and position within our society.

Susan Boyd and Kristel Grogan have been collaborating on creative projects since they met and studied together for their BA Fine Art Textiles degrees at Orkney College UHI in 2011.

Recent lock-down restrictions have consolidated and encouraged the two artists to work together in an equal collaboration in the making of their art.

For this exhibition, Boyd & Grogan have been investigating the expectations that our social structures place on women, and the often invisible workloads and emotional pressures that are experienced by women whilst carrying the main burden of domestic responsibilities.

Working with a multidisciplinary fine art approach, Boyd & Grogan were awarded funding through Creative Scotland’s Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) scheme which has allowed them to experiment with ceramics, a medium they have used, alongside photography, to create a mixed media installation for the exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre.

The installation emphasises the challenges for women in our society, highlighting a wide range of issues including the importance placed on women’s appearance, the hunger strikes undertaken by women of the Suffragette movement, and the superstitious fear that women would bring bad luck if on board a ship at sea.

Meanwhile in the galleries Alchemical Landscapes – drawing through photographic experiment by Orcadian artist Ingrid Budge continues until 11 September and Orkney and the Artist focussing on the influence of Stromness poet and writer George Mackay Brown (1921-96) on artists from Orkney and beyond continues until 6 November 2021.

The Pier Arts Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am-5pm. Admission is free. Face coverings must be worn throughout the galleries.