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This summer, the Pier Arts Centre will have on display a collection of images from the Gunnie Moberg Archive, selected by a group of individuals who are part of ‘PhAB’ - Photography Appreciation at the Blide.

‘Things I want to look at a little longer’ will be on display from Saturday 17 June until 19 August 2023. The exhibition takes its title from a Gunnie Moberg quote that reads ‘I photograph things I want to look at a little longer.’

Working with artist and photographer Rebecca Marr, the group developed an idea of selecting works from the Gunnie Moberg Archive held at Orkney Library & Archive and presenting these as an exhibition alongside images of their own, made directly and indirectly in response to Gunnie’s photographs.

Pier Arts Centre’s Learning & Engagement Programme Manager Carol Dunbar commented “Working alongside the members of PhAB, as they explored Gunnie’s archive, has been a really insightful experience. Along with some very preceptive observations on her work, they bring to the exhibition some very touching and personal responses of their own inspired by Gunnie’s photographs”

The group’s own work reflects a wide range of approaches, responses and interests that has evolved through the extended exploration of Gunnie Moberg’s extensive archive and has inspired the group to continue to pursue photography.

The project has benefited from the input of Ami Robb, third year BA Fine Art undergraduate at Orkney College UHI, who joined the group as part of her Professional Practice Module delivered with the Pier Arts Centre. She encouraged members of the group to speak about their choices. Their reflections on Moberg’s work and their responses are presented as an audio loop that will play throughout the gallery.

The Orkney Blide Trust is charity that promotes mental wellbeing in Orkney, through active personalised support with a focus on recovery.

Gunnie Moberg (1941-2007) was a Swedish photographer and artist who worked in Scotland, making Orkney her home in 1976. During her photographic career she worked primarily in Orkney, but also in Shetland and the Faroe Islands, making aerial and landscape photographs as well as portraits of celebrities and locals alongside her photojournalism.

The Pier Arts Centre is currently open Monday to Saturday 10.30am-5pm. Admission is free.