Emerging Orkney Artists at Pier Arts Centre

Posted on

Work by two emerging Orkney artists go on display at the Pier Arts Centre

Exhibitions by two young Orkney artists will run in parallel at the Pier Arts Centre this autumn. constellations – Nick Gordon and shaping the void – Louise Barrington both open on Saturday 30 September and will run until 4 November.

Louise Barrington and Nick Gordon grew up in Orkney, studying in London and Aberdeen respectively.  They have both recently returned to the County and are among the first artists to rent space at the Stromness WASPS Studios.

Nick Gordon is interested in collecting, connecting and re-interpreting objects and materials.  He assembles discarded objects, transforming them into artworks and in the process creates new stories, often tinged with a dark and surreal humour.

Nick commented “Constellations is a grouping of works made over the past year. The object based work explores modes of collection and assemblage that form and follow various patterns, shapes, ideas and themes, creating narratives, fictions, perspectives and further pathways for the work into which the viewer can travel.”

Nick Gordon graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen with an Hons Degree in printmaking. He has exhibited his work across Scotland and participated in residency programmes including the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, in Lumsden and Hospitalfield Arts, Arbroath.

Louise Barrington’s work has an essentially abstract subliminal character, taking visual elements – form, line, pattern and colour and transforming them in a poetic way.

Louise added “Through the use of light and shadow I explore the energy between static objects, the thoughts, movements, breaths, ideas, that can shape the void into a responsive space that can hold a fleeting observation, experience or sensation.“

Louise Barrington completed a BA in Textile Design at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art, London, and an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London.  More recently she received a Postgraduate Diploma in Island Studies at the Centre for Nordic Studies, part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.  Since returning to Orkney she has been central in establishing the art collective Móti for emerging artists based in Orkney.

Pier Arts Centre Director Neil Firth commented “Promoting and encouraging the work of young artists and makers working in Orkney is a key part of the Pier Arts Centre’s activities. Both these artists have previously taken part in our bi-annual graduates exhibition and we are pleased to have the opportunity to support them again at this stage in their developing careers.”

Nick and Louise will give a tour of the exhibitions at 3pm Saturday 14 October. Admission is free and no booking is required.

constellations and shaping the void are on display until 4 November. The Pier Arts Centre is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am – 5.00pm. Admission is free.

The Pier Arts Centre
Victoria Street Stromness
KW16 3AA