Pierless Arts

We may be  better known for our neolithic world heritage site and great natural beauty – but now Orkney is to get its own taste of the contemporary art scene.

An exhibition devoted to the American video artist Bill Viola is to open at the award winning Pier Arts Centre in Stromness in June, as part of a scheme aimed at spreading contemporary art shows throughout the country.

The works on tour are from the collection of dealer Anthony d’Offay, which was sold to the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland last year for £26.5m ($36.6m) – a fraction of its £125m valuation.

More than 30 “Artist Rooms” will be created at 18 galleries across the country over the course of the year.