The Pier Arts Centre has appointed DC Research Ltd to deliver the Attributing Value, Assessing Scale study, focusing on assessing the economic impact of the Centre. The Pier Arts Centre in Stromness was established in 1979 to provide a home for an important collection of British fine art, given to Orkney by the author, peace activist and philanthropist Margaret Gardiner OBE (1904 – 2005). The Centre expanded following a major capital redevelopment with the addition an award-winning new building, in 2007.
The Centre’s collection includes art by major 20th Century artists Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson and Alfred Wallis, amongst others, as well as works by contemporary artists including Sean Scully, Eva Rothschild and Olafur Eliasson. In addition the Collection contains the art of Orcadian artists including Margaret Tait, Sylvia Wishart and Stanley Cursiter. It is regarded as one of the finest collections of British Modernism in the UK, and is a Recognised Collection of National Significance to Scotland. Key works are loaned regularly to prominent exhibitions around the world. The Centre also curates a year round programme of visual arts exhibitions and events showcasing international excellence, national innovation and local ambition for the enjoyment and education of the general public.
The study seeks to better understand and present the value of The Centre’s economic and social activities within Orkney, and compare its scale and resource with comparable museum and arts sector organisations in Orkney, Scotland and the United Kingdom.