Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage: At The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney

Opening Times:

Tuesday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.00pm

The Pier Arts Centre, 28 Victoria Street, Stromness


A selection of work from our exhibition Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage is currently on view at The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney.


In 2013 internationally renowned artist Barbara Rae CBE RA RSA began a series of journeys of discovery into the Arctic, following in the footsteps of her namesake, the Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae.


The resulting new body of paintings, monotypes and intaglio prints represents Rae’s deep-rooted fascination with the topography and history of place. Rae joined her first voyage to the Northwest Passage travelling with One Ocean Expeditions in 2015. She returned in 2016 and 2017, drawn by her interest in the story of John Rae.


The Northwest Passage is a collaborative partnership between the Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) and the Royal Academy (RA), London.  This project forms part of RA250 UK: Exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts. The exhibition is funded by the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture with assistance from the Art Fund, the Morton Trust and Tony McLellan.


The exhibition is sponsored by One Ocean Expeditions.


Barbara Rae: The Northwest Passage – 

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
4 August – 9 September 2018


Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney
22 September – 10 November 2018


Canada House, London
29 November 2018 – 13 January 2019