Katy Dove exhibition & Sara Barker Talk

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An exhibition of work by Scottish artist Katy Dove (1970-2015) opens at the Pier Arts Centre in Stromness on Saturday 29 April. Movement & Light will be on display until Saturday 3 June 2017.

As an artist, filmmaker and musician, Katy Dove has made a singular contribution to art and music in Scotland, becoming a vital member of a generation of Scottish artists who made a significant impact over the last 25 years in the UK and around the world.

Her work has been exhibited internationally including the Venice Biennale in 2003, when she was selected to participate in Zenomap, the first Scottish representation at the international arts festival. In 2011, the Pier Arts Centre acquired two screenprints by the artist for its permanent collection and more recently the film Meaning in Action, with the support of the National Fund for Acquisitions.

The exhibition includes work in watercolour, fabric, print and film showcasing Dove’s use of colour in a joyful and expressive way. A small selection of watercolours by the Orcadian poet and filmmaker Margaret Tait (1918-1999), as well as a short film, are included in the exhibition revealing echoes between two artists creating innovative work in film and visual art some 50 years apart.

Meanwhile a new exhibition highlighting work collected over the last ten years is on display on the first floor including work by Eva Rothschild and Camilla Low as well as Sara Barker’s sculpture washable colour, 2012 which has recently been gifted to the Pier Arts Centre by Outset Scotland.

Pier Arts Centre Curator Andrew Parkinson commented “Our new displays highlight the work of both Orcadian and visiting artists, offering different perspectives on landscape and art. We hope that this rich variety will provide an enjoyable experience for visitors.”

On Friday 28 April, 6.30pm  Sara Barker will be joined by Dr Kirstie Skinner, Director of Outset Scotland, for an informal discussion about Sara’s work as well as reflections on the Pier Arts Centre Collection. Admission is free.

Kirstie Skinner added “This significant early work by Sara Barker resonates strongly within the Pier Arts Centre’s collection; Outset Scotland was delighted to make the gift, and we are greatly looking forward to hearing the artist’s reflections about her work in situ.”

Also in the galleries, Anne Bevan – Walking the Sound, an exhibition of sculpture, drawing, print and a new video made in collaboration with Mark Jenkins is on display until Saturday 10 June.  Walking the Sound forms part of the multidisciplinary research project Orkney: Beside the Ocean of Time.

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


Image: Katy Dove still from Cruel When Complete, 2004 © estate of the artist