Form & Function exhibition at Pier Arts Centre

Two Orkney Crafts Association members will be taking part in an exciting new exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness later this month.

Jewellery designer Zoe Davidson and knitwear designer Hilary Grant will be showing some of their work in the Centre’s Form & Function – eight Orkney makers to mark Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 - a celebration of Scotland’s impressive built heritage, culture and environment, alongside the contemporary and cutting-edge designs of today.

Photograph: A harvest field, Orphir, c.1900. From the Tom Kent collection at Orkney Library & Archive.

As part of the Pier Arts Centre’s programme marking the year, the new exhibition will showcase the work of the OCA members and six other young designers and makers all working in Orkney. The exhibition includes new work alongside information and images about their inspirations and working processes.

The exhibition will run between the 23rd of April and the 4th of June 2016, and celebrates the quality and diversity of design and craft being produced in Orkney giving the artists an opportunity to further develop their professional profiles.

The eight artists included in the exhibition are Zoe Davidson (jewellery), Kerrianne Flett (ceramics), Kevin Gauld (furniture maker), Hilary Grant (knitwear), Emma Thomson (jewellery), Marielle Thomson (printed textiles), Robbie Thomson (furniture and interior design) and Kirsteen Stewart (fashion textiles).

There will be a programme of workshops, demonstrations and presentations throughout the exhibition offering opportunities for the public to meet the artists and find out more about their working methods.

The Pier Arts Centre offers support and advice to local artists and makers at all stages of their education and throughout their careers.

Neil Firth, the Pier Arts Centre Director commented. ‘The Pier Arts Centre has regular exhibitions of work by Orkney’s school pupils and recent graduates and it is a delight to see how these young artists have developed their practice. The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is an ideal opportunity for us to showcase the quality of work being produced by contemporary designers and makers working in Orkney.’

Meanwhile the Pier Arts Centre has been included in the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) list of the top-100 buildings in Scotland from the last century.

The Scotstyle list, which features buildings from 1916 right up to the present day, has been compiled by RIAS as part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, the cornerstone of Scotland's Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. An associated exhibition will be touring the country throughout 2016 and will go on display at the Pier Arts Centre in early September.

Neil Firth continued ‘Reiach & Hall Architect’s award winning design is an inspiration and we are thrilled that it is included in the list of Scotland’s 100 best buildings.’

The public will have the chance to vote for their favourite building online and at participating venues during the exhibition tour. Voting will open in April and the winning building will be announced at the finale of the festival in November.

The Pier Arts Centre is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am – 5.00pm. Admission is free.

Form & Function runs from the 23rd of April - 4th of June 2016