Hilary Grant & the Pier Arts Centre Collaboration

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New Seaward Blanket design by Hilary Grant, inspired by the paintings of Sylvia Wishart, goes on sale at the Pier Arts Centre

Over the last year, the Pier Arts Centre has been working with local knitwear studio and design partnership Hilary Grant to create a limited edition knitted blanket inspired by the iconic paintings of Orcadian artist Sylvia Wishart.

Taking particular inspiration from the paintings of Hoy Sound viewed from the seaward window of the artist’s Stromness home, Hilary Grant commented

‘We were delighted to be approached by the Pier Arts Centre to design this piece. The tapestry-like way in which Sylvia Wishart threaded a constrained palette of colours throughout her paintings creates such atmospheric effect and we have tried to represent this in the blanket design.

She continued ‘To create this effect, the blanket was designed as a single composition of stitches, using only 3 colours of yarn, which blush with varying degrees of intensity and hue.’

Aptly named Seaward, the blanket is knitted in the Borders from a fine Geelong Lambswool and will be available to buy exclusively from the Pier Arts Centre shop and Hilary Grants online outlet from Saturday 18 November.

Launching on the same weekend will be the Annual Open Exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre, on display from Saturday 18 November and will be on display until 23 December.

The exhibition is open to anyone living in Orkney and reflects the wide variety of subject matter that inspires artists and makers in the county. With all works for sale, the exhibition offers an unparalleled opportunity to revel in the breadth and joy of Orkney’s artistic expression.

The Pier Arts Centre will also be hosting a special Christmas Family Afternoon, with the focus on festive art and crafts activities, on the afternoon of Saturday 9 December. Free of charge, the activities are for all the family and everyone is welcome to come along. No booking is necessary – just drop in anytime between 2-3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

In addition to the normal opening times (Tuesday-Saturday 10.30am – 5.00pm), the Pier Arts Centre will be open from 12 noon until 4pm on Sunday 19 November as part of Stromness’s Mulled Wine and Discount Sunday and until 7pm on Wednesday 29 November for the Stromness Christmas Tree Lighting. Admission is free.

The Pier Arts Centre, 28-36 Victoria St, Stromness, Orkney,  KW16 3AA

Top image: Sylvia Wishart, Hoy Sound, 1987