• The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness, Orkney was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of British fine art donated by the author, peace activist and philanthropist Margaret Gardiner (1904 – 2005).


    The permanent Collection includes works by major 20th Century artists Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis, amongst others, as well as contemporary art by Sean Scully, Eva Rothschild and Olafur Eliasson. The Collection also includes local artists including Sylvia Wishart and Stanley Cursiter.


    The Centre also curates a year round programme of changing exhibitions and events for the education and enjoyment of the general public and acts as a focal point for the local artistic community. It has a valuable library and archive which is accessible to the public.


    Pier Arts Centre runs Linkshouse – Orkney Arts Residency, a dedicated residential and creative space on the north-west coast of Orkney’s Mainland. It offers a spectacular location for creative endeavour in a unique historic and natural environment.

  • Studio Facilities Yes. Linkshouse has two workshops located in the single story out-building. These spaces are suitable for messy work....
    The Pier Arts Centre, Orkney. Photo Alistair Peebles.

    Studio Facilities


    Linkshouse has two workshops located in the single story out-building. These spaces are suitable for messy work. There is also a space on the ground floor within the main building, suitable for clean working.

    We strive to facilitate every artist. However, we are currently unable to hosts practices which involve hot working, or work with materials such as stone and metal due to issues with noise and dust.

    Workshops allocation is dependent on availability.



    Circa £550 per week (studio and living accommodation)


    Minimum Period

    1 week


    Maximum Period

    12 weeks


    Other facilities

    Free use of reference library, equipment, computer network at the Pier Art Centre, Stromness.
    Option to use third party facilities such as the islands Printmaking Studio (for an extra fee)


    Support offered

    Administrative assistance, staff time and technical assistance.


    Promotional support offered

    Promoted alongside the other activities at the centre to local and national audience through print and web based promotions.


    Exhibition or other opportunities

    Not usually possible.





    Accommodation offered


    Double room and studio at Linkshouse - Orkney Arts Residency, located in Birsay. Linkshouse is a large detached property with 5 bedrooms, each with their own private bathroom, along with shared living, kitchen and dining facilities. https://www.pierartscentre.com/linkshouseorkneyartsresidency


    Alternative accommodation

    Can be arranged.



    Orkney can be reached by flying with Loganair from various Scottish Airports or by ferry from Aberdeen, Scrabster and Gills Bay on the Mainland. There is a bus service on the island, however having a car offers more convenience. It is possible to hire a car on the island.



    There is one bedroom on the ground floor. Pets are strictly not allowed in the property. The exception is for support dogs, however, please be aware that the property is surrounded by farmland with grazing livestock.

    Please contact Linkshouse@pierartscentre.com to discuss specific access requirements. 



    Own travel and public liabilty insurance is recommended. 


    For further details please visit pierartscentre.com

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