The Pier Arts Centre re-opens on Thursday 18 March with new displays showcasing work from its collection, focusing on the joy art can offer.

The gallery will focus on the connections between many of the women artists in the collection, recognising their importance within British Modern Art, to mark Women’s History Month. The exhibition will include works by Orcadian artists Sylvia Wishart and Margaret Tait alongside Winifred Nicholson, Bet Low and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, who were all inspired by Orkney’s landscape.

Almost a year to the day since closing due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and opening for the first time since its second closure in December 2020, it’s hoped the Centre will become a sanctuary for visitors over the coming months.

Special COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures are in place, and staff will be on hand to make sure visiting the Centre during the pandemic is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.

Booking is essential and can be done on the official website, by emailing or phoning 01856 850 209. The Pier Arts Centre is open 10.30am – 5pm, Thursday to Saturday, from Thursday 18 March.