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Events & Workshops

The Pier Arts Centre offers many opportunities for involvement and participation in the visual arts and crafts both within the gallery and beyond. 

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Workshops for younger children (5-11 years old) take place throughout the year: Leading Lights workshops take place at regular intervals during term time and focus on aspects of the Collection and temporary exhibition programme. During the Easter and October holidays a week of art and craft activity workshops take place in the gallery.

Children’s workshops are very popular with demand high for the limited places – if you would like to be included in our advance mailing please email:

Exhibitions and temporary displays are complimented by a programme of adult workshops, artist talks and master classes. Practical workshops are designed to suit all abilities, introduce new skills and stimulate creative output  

Through its outreach programme and its partnerships with local organisations such as Stromness Shopping Week, Orkney Folk Festival, St Magnus International Festival, George Mackay Brown Writing Fellowship, Soulisquoy Printmakers, and Orkney International Science Festival, the Pier Arts Centre presents a year round programme of events. 

Piergroup/PIERCLOSER session with RSA Artists in Residence James Mckenzie and Dan O'Dempsey

A workshop evening with James Mckenzie and Dan O'Dempsey who are currently based with the Pier Arts Centre as Royal Scottish Academy Residents.