Linkshouse - Orkney Arts Residency

by The Pier Arts Centre in Birsay, Scotland, United Kingdom

Linkshouse - Orkney Arts Residency
We did it
On 12th November 2021 we successfully raised £33,100 ( + est. £3433.75 Gift Aid ) with 127 supporters in 56 days

Help us raise £25,000 to furnish and equip Linkshouse, Orkney’s new Arts Residency, as a hub for creative experiment and exchange.

by The Pier Arts Centre in Birsay, Scotland, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

Any additional money raised would go towards the project which includes further external works and an opportunity to build additional facilities within the grounds.

The Pier Arts Centre - home to an internationally acclaimed collection of modern art and beacon for Orkney’s creative community for the past 40 years - has found itself at one of those defining moments - and it’s choosing to grow.  


Around three years ago, the Pier Arts Centre, which is a charity, found itself in possession of Linkshouse in Birsay on Orkney’s west coast.  It is a substantial rundown property, dating from 1913, and in need of renovation. 

The building was given to the Pier Arts Centre in memory of the artist Erlend Williamson (1965-1996), a young artist of great promise who died in a mountaineering accident. He relished the creative inspiration and freedom he found in Orkney.    


Building work has been ongoing throughout the pandemic to upgrade the property and bring it into use as an adaptable and accessible arts residency facility with accommodation and studio provision for individual or group use.  Renovation work is now nearing completion, with fantastic plans created by Studio Niro Architects, based in Edinburgh, and the hard work and craftsmanship of Orkney's Casey Construction Ltd. 

The intention behind the gift of the building, and the ambition driving forward the Pier Arts Centre’s plans, is that Linkshouse will act as a launch-pad for local artists and a landing-strip for artists visiting the county.  Beyond that it will be a focal point for the wider community, supporting other local arts organisations and festivals to nurture talent and make connections.  


Linkshouse will also support the Pier Arts Centre’s educational work, enhancing opportunities for outdoor learning and wellbeing and represents a whole new area of creative activity for the Pier Arts Centre and Orkney.


This Crowdfunding campaign seeks your help to equip and furnish Orkney’s new arts residency facility so that groups of up to 10 creative people can stay comfortably in the facility, utilise the studio spaces and exchange ideas over a kitchen table in a relaxed domestic setting. 

We have the building, and have turned it from a tired tumbling warren into a smart accessible house with ample space, indoors and out, for creative endeavour.  All we need now are the many and varied bits and pieces, some big and some small, that will turn the house into a useful arts residency facility.

Some of what we need: teapot, beds, tables, kettles, duvets, forks, chairs, bowls, sofas, knifes, mugs and rugs, coat racks, drawers, spoons, lights, mattresses, jugs, plates, studio tables, bookcases, benches, shoe racks, towels, mirrors, work desks, pillows, pots, pans, oven tray, desk lamp, bins, glasses, door mats, wooden spoons and a corkscrew are all needed or we will just have an empty building.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Donate £10 or more to be named as a supporter on website

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Donate £50 or more and receive a fine art card pack from the Pier Arts Centre archive

£100 or more

10 of 100 claimed

£100 Reward

Donate £100 or more to receive a Link to attend special online talk facilitated by the Pier Arts Centre

£250 or more

6 of 50 claimed

£250 Reward

Donate £250 or more to receive an unframed fine art print of a work from the Pier Arts Centre Collection

£500 or more

8 of 25 claimed

£500 Reward

Donate £500 or more to receive a framed fine art print of a work from the Pier Arts Centre Collection

£1,000 or more

1 of 20 claimed

£1000 Reward

Donate £1000 or more to receive an invitation to attend a special launch event for Linkshouse - Orkney Arts Residency

£2,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£2000 Reward

Donate £2000 or more to receive lifetime membership to the Pier Arts Centre's Friends Scheme and an invitation to attend a special launch event for Linkshouse - Orkney Arts Residency

£7,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£7500 Reward

Donate £7500 or more to name a room at Linkshouse - Orkney Arts Residency and receive an invitation to attend a special launch event.

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