The Collection, though small in scale, encompasses paintings and sculptures of exceptional quality by the key artists who were instrumental in importing and extending the ideas of the European avant-garde to Britain.
The grouping of works exemplifies the definition and refinement of that particularly British manifestation of Modernism and also contains fine examples of work by Patrick Heron, Sir Terry Frost, Margaret Mellis, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Davie, Alfred Wallis and Naum Gabo among others.
A gallery highlighting the latest additions to the Pier Arts Centre collection and celebrating the significant number of works by contemporary artists that have been added to the permanent collection over the last ten years is also on display.
Since Margaret Gardiner made her founding gift “…to the people of Orkney” in 1979, of 67 works of art, the Pier Arts Centre Collection has grown steadily over the years through generous gifts, bequests and carefully researched acquisitions.
Contemporary additions provide new insight into the core collection and create an active dialogue between twentieth and twenty-first century works, offering fresh perspectives and insights into the historic core (and vice versa), helping the collection as a whole, to evolve and develop in enjoyable and stimulating ways.
The Collection now contains just over 200 works, with this exhibition offering an opportunity to view a broad selection of acquisitions, illustrating the generative power of Margaret Gardiner’s unfolding gift and reflecting her desire that generations of Orcadians should “…mould and develop it as they wish.”
More information about the Collection can be found on the Collection page.