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Portrait of Stromness
WORK OF THE WEEK:
Red Roof 
by Erlend Brown

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Erlend Brown, Red Roof, 1987 © the artist’s estate ‘On a calm day the harbour was full of children in boats and canoes… It was an unhibited childhood, spent partly on the water and partly on the streets, still safe for old-fashioned games like “picky” and “diggy-doo”…’ – Ernest Marwick (Featured in Town and Country, describing childhood during the 1880s)  Erlend Brown grew up in Stromness, and after attending Edinburgh College of Art, he returned to Orkney to teach at both the local primary and secondary schools. He was the first curator of The Pier Arts Centre when it opened in 1979. Since 1990, he has worked as artist in Orkney and Zurich, Switzerland.

Erlend Brown, Red Roof, 1987
© the artist’s estate
‘On a calm day the harbour was full of children in boats and canoes… It was an unhibited childhood, spent partly on the water and partly on
the streets, still safe for old-fashioned games like “picky” and “diggy-doo”…’ – Ernest Marwick
(Featured in Town and Country, describing childhood during the 1880s)

 Erlend Brown grew up in Stromness, and after attending Edinburgh College of Art, he returned to Orkney to teach at both the local
primary and secondary schools. He was the first curator of The Pier Arts Centre when it opened in 1979. Since 1990, he has worked as
artist in Orkney and Zurich, Switzerland.