Liam McArthur MSP

As part of the Stromness Shopping Week festivities, Liam McArthur MSP visited The Pier Arts Centre in, Orkney. Director Neil Firth and Marketing and Customer Services Manager Isla Holloway welcomed Liam whilst their popular Pavement Art Competition was taking place in the sun.

The Pier Arts Centre is currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year and is a perfect example of art in action, acting as a focal point for the local community alongside having a valuable archive and library, whilst running an education and outreach programme for a wide range of groups.Over the past 40 years, the Centre has embedded itself in the local community activities, providing access to important artworks to an Island community.

Most importantly, the Pier Art Centre collection is regarded as one of the finest UK collections of 20th century and key works are regularly loaned to prominent exhibitions around the world.

Liam McArthur MSP said: “I was delighted to go along to the annual pavement artist competition, as part of Stromness Shopping Week, and to see the Art in Action campaign for myself.

“The competition was a great example of how visual art allows friends and families to come together and interact with our communities in different ways.  Over 100 participants were energised and inspired to try their hand at the pavement art, and some impressive artwork was produced.

“While this inevitably led to some headaches for the judging team, the real success lay in the memories and enjoyment that this popular event created.

“Orkney is fortunate to have a vibrant artistic community that is well supported by the Pier Arts Centre.”

You can find out more about the Pier Arts Centre and their 40th anniversary activities here.

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