Pier Arts Centre are reopening their galleries for visitors to enjoy the outstanding collection of 20th and 21st-century modernist artworks.
Colour is a core theme that underpins the collection, evident in the works of Margaret Gardiner’s founding gift and is an essential aspect of the contemporary additions that have been made to the collection in recent years.
Two of the centre's most admired works - 12 Etchings (2007) by Anish Kapoor and The colour spectrum series (2005) by Olafur Eliasson - form part of the current display. Both artists are renowned for their large-scale sculptural installations, but like sculptor Barbara Hepworth, they are equally fascinated by the two dimensional surface.
To compliment the artworks, Pier Arts Centre have refreshed the popular children’s comments, inviting all pupils at Stromness Primary School to visit the gallery and give their responses. Some observations are insightful and thoughtful, others fun and whacky, but all display and contain the uninhibited and imaginative joy that visual art inspires in the young – and the not so young.