The last in a series of new exhibitions highlighting the work of Orkney artists opens at the Pier Arts Centre this weekend.

Islands: Impromptus by Sigurd Smith will bring new and recent work by the Orcadian artist together as part of the Orkney and the Artist programme.

Sigurd Smith graduated from the Orkney College UHI in 2014 with a degree in Fine Art. Since graduating Sigurd has been involved in various cultural projects in Orkney, from contributing to the digitisation of the Gunnie Moberg Archive to co-founding the Móti Collective with other Orkney-based art graduates.

Sigurd’s work takes inspiration from the Orkney landscape, focusing on personal interpretation rather than a realistic depiction of his surroundings. The resulting drawings are bold and atmospheric and display a strong sense of place. Since last exhibiting in 2019 at The Old Library in Kirkwall, Sigurd has continued to work with a limited palette of blacks and greys, with the newer work offering a tiny glimpse of colour.

Sigurd Smith, Twilight, 2021 © the artist


The Orkney and the Artist programme has highlighted the work of some newer, as well as established artists as part of the Pier Arts Centre’s George Mackay Brown centenary celebrations.The Pier Arts Centre is open Tuesday to Saturday 10:30am-5pm. Admission is free. Face coverings must be worn throughout the centre.

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