Peacock Visual Arts

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From its origins as a printmaking studio in 1974, over the years Peacock has developed into a vibrant centre offering open access workshops for printmaking, photography and digital media and hosting many exhibitions each year. Peacock is now the main Centre for Contemporary Art in Aberdeen and the North-east of Scotland.

Our master printmakers have worked with many renowned Scottish, UK and international artists over the past decades, always aiming for the highest quality and innovative outcomes. These fine art, limited edition prints are on display both in our shop and online on our Flickr website and online shop:

Peacock visual arts also organises an annual programme of national and international contemporary art exhibitions in its galleries, often accompanied by talks, film screenings and workshops.

Check our main website for the latest news and events:

Venue Type:

Gallery, Artist studio or collective

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm

Closed: Monday

Admission charges

Free access to the Gallery
Modest charges for the use of our printmaking facilities

Main gallery: changing exhibitions of (inter)national contemporary art. Shop gallery: changing exhibitions of prints, drawings, paintings and photography of local, national and international artists.

Collection details

Design, Film and Media, Fine Art, Photography

Key artists and exhibits

  • Local, national and international artists. Original prints available by artists including Ralph Steadman, Barbara Rae, Michael Visocchi, David Blyth, Alan Johnston, Ragna Róbertsdóttir, Seán Shanahan, Alan Shipway, Colin Kirkpatrick, Rosalind Nashashibi, David Bellingham, Kenny Hunter and many others.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Hugh Rowson

‘PUTNEY POEMS’ an exhibition by Hugh T. Rowson

  • 10 October — 7 November 2015

Peacock Visual Arts is delighted to announce ‘PUTNEY POEMS’, an exhibition by Hugh T. Rowson.

The exhibition will include paintings and a new print produced at Peacock. Rowson has provided a quote from his son to accompany the exhibition:

'Any theory about how the mind thinks or learns should be considered with due care, because thinking and learning are highly idiosyncratic processes and difficult to model without violating their inherent complexity.' Chess for Zebras by Dr. Jonathan Rowson 2005

About the artist

Hugh Rowson seeks to bring life to inanimate objects in a variety of mediums. Personal poems are juxtaposed to create watercolour fluidity. The medium of pen and ink facilitates a depiction of detail in architectural subjects. Rowson typically transfers images from thumb-nail sketches to completed paintings; a process full of uncertainty and chance. Rowson also creates special ambiguity with the use of strong, meaningful, pattern and decoration as common themes in a symbolic language.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Steet
AB11 5BQ

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

This Is Performance Art (TIPA)

  • 29 — 31 October 2015

This Is Performance Art (TIPA) is a series of events celebrating the history of performance art from across the globe. After the success of TIPA Aberdeen in 2011 we are delighted to be presenting another edition with artists who are social, political and always questioning. We hope to inspire you to want to explore performance art beyond this exciting programme of artists, many of who are visiting Scotland for the very first time.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Day pass: £5 per day // Three-day pass: £12 Conc: £3 per day // Three-day pass: £10

Tickets are available on the door, in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539.


Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street
(off Castlegate)
AB11 5BQ




01224 639539


01224 627094

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