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:
http://www.flickr.com/peacockvisualarts_printmaking
http://peacockvisualarts.culturelabel.com/

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:
http://www.peacockvisualarts.com

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.
The Brutalist Playground // Assemble and Simon Terrill

The Brutalist Playground // Assemble and Simon Terrill

  • 28 April — 29 May 2016 *on now

Peacock Visual Arts is delighted to host The Brutalist Playground by recent Turner Prize winners Assemble, and artist Simon Terrill, exploring post-war design for play, as part of Look Again Visual Art & Design Festival.

Brutalism was an architectural movement of the 1950s-70s, which aligned with a new socialist agenda. Buildings were fortress-like in form, often of grand monolithic scale and designed to bring function to the flow of people populating them. As such, Brutalism was predominately found in municipal buildings, educational institutions, shopping centres and high-rise housing. It is from the high-rise housing schemes and their surrounding social spaces and playgrounds that The Brutalist Playground takes its inspiration.

By recreating the post-war playground structures in soft pastel coloured foam The Brutalist Playground is an immersive and climbable installation – fun for all ages!

The installation was originally commissioned in 2015 by the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) and is accompanied by a film made by Simon Terrill using archival images from the RIBA’s archive

The Brutalist Playground is the centrepiece of Aberdeen’s Look Again Festival 2016, which celebrates bringing the very best in visual art and design to the city.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street
Aberdeen
AB11 5BQ
Scotland

Just Incase

Maggie’s Just Incase

  • 10 June — 22 July 2016

Maggie’s evolved to meet a need identified by Maggie Keswick Jencks, who upon being given a terminal prognosis for her cancer was left to reflect in a busy hospital corridor. She wanted to create a homely, yet inspiring, space where people living with cancer could come together to find their own mutual strength and resources. Her vision was realised in 1996, shortly after she died, when a centre was opened in her name at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

This year Maggie’s is 20 years old and by the end of the year will have 20 Centres across the UK and beyond. To celebrate this and the RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016, part of the Year of Innovation and Design, ECA have worked with Maggie’s to create a travelling exhibition called ‘Just Incase’, which carries 12 objects selected by the 12 people who represent the significant foundations of Maggie’s in Scotland. These objects are what each individual would want to take with them on a journey ‘just in case’…..-

The 12 relevant people are-

Marcia Blakenham, Rem Koolhaas, Neil Gillespie

Zaha Hadid, David Page, Frank Gehry

Richard Murphy, Angus Ogilvy, Laura Lee

Charles Jencks, Sandy Nairne, Kjetil Thorsen

The objects range from precious and fragile to those that encourage handling, the oyster concept of a rough, protective carapace sheltering these objects is appropriate.

The general rule is if the relevant box has a lid on it, please just look, if no lid then please take the object out, flick through it, read it, feel it.

Maggie’s Just Incase has been curated and designed by Willie Brown and students Stefani Lai, Carole Li, Jason Chiu, Tamas-Lazlo Turdean, with technical support from Alan Ramsay, Richard Collins and Rachel Simmonds from Edinburgh College of Art, Spring 2016.

Thanks to RIAS Festival of Architecture 2016 for funding the making of Maggie’s Just Incase.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street
Aberdeen
AB11 5BQ
Scotland

Website

http://www.peacockvisualarts.com/maggies-just-incase/

knowing not knowing

Jamie Davidson // knowing not knowing

  • 16 June — 30 July 2016

Peacock Visual Arts proudly presents knowing not knowing, an exhibition of prints and sculptural works by artist Jamie Davidson.

Drawing on a three month period of research in Japan this body of new work develops visual themes explored in Jamie’s previous solo show. The installation of prints and sculpture reflect a simplicity of form and sensitivity to material seen in the traditional architecture and craftsmanship throughout Japan. This is particularly evident in the construction of their temples and gardens where boundaries between interior and exterior gently give way to each other. Here in the shadow between the two spaces, a crossing over, or passing through subtly evokes our own sense of being in the world.

Starting with a simple shape and by allowing the sculptural work to develop at the same time as the print series knowing not knowing recalls, in abstract form, many aspects of Jamie’s experiences whilst in Japan.

About the artist:

A Graduate of Moray School of Art, Jamie Davidson previously trained and worked as a carpenter. Inspired by the natural and built environment, Jamie’s sculptural works are also informed by his many years of experience with traditional materials. In 2013, Jamie won the Saltire Society International Travel Bursary for visual arts, which funded a research trip to Japan in 2014.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Peacock Visual Arts
21 Castle Street
Aberdeen
AB11 5BQ
Scotland

Website

http://www.peacockvisualarts.com/knowing-not-knowing/

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.
Under New Moons We Stand Strong

Under New Moons, We Stand Strong sculptural exhibition comes to Aberdeen

  • 5 — 28 May 2016 *on now

Inspired by science fiction scenography and the hardware of the “control society” (Deleuze, 1995, 1990; Burroughs, 1978), Under New Moons, We Stand Strong reflects on the meaning of solidarity, infrastructural literacy, and symbolism within digital-civic governance and society.

The piece is composed of a large-scale cardboard model of a CCTV camera with accompanying bird spikes. Spikes are most often positioned on top of cameras so as to ward off birds.

On the 3rd January 2016 the CCTV camera, positioned at the intersection of Autoroute 40 and Boulevard des Sources, in the West Island of Montreal, Quebec captured a stunning image of a Snowy Owl, in mid-air. Quebec’s Transport Minister Robert Poëti tweeted about the owl on January 7, and the province later released the captured video footage and images, which went viral.

Mythical, owls are considered as symbols of wisdom and intelligence, as well as guardians of the underworlds, protectors of the dead and seer of souls. A special edition print of the image of the Snowy Owl will be presented alongside the sculpture.

Drawing on various rituals and traditions on Sat 7th May, 20.00 the public are invited to take part in a procession of paper-based CCTV cameras starting at Peacock Visual Arts and continuing through Aberdeen city centre and onto the beach, where in ceremonial fashion the models will be set on fire.

Credits
Model & assistance: Jana Barthel
Commissioned by: Festival of Architecture, Scotland, 2016; Peacock
Visual Arts, Aberdeen & Seventeen Gallery, Aberdeen

Related: Special edition of Urban Knights

Links
www.polarproduce.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Seventeen
17 Belmont St,
Aberdeen
AB10 1JR
Scotland

Website

http://www.peacockvisualarts.com/new-moons-stand-strong-sculptural-exhibition-comes-aberdeen/

Weekend Bookbinding Beginners Workshop

  • 4 — 5 June 2016 10am-5pm

This is a fantastic way to keep or give very personalized handmade books. Some use stitching, some use glue and some have neither. For the weekend, we will make a number of small books. Book types will include Pamphlet, Blizzard and Concertina forms, just to get you started!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130/95 conc.

Website

http://www.peacockvisualarts.com/printmaking-workshops/

Screenprinting Weekend Workshop

  • 25 — 26 June 2016 10am-5pm

Join James Vass on this weekend workshop for a chance to learn the basics of this exciting technique. Explore the creative possibilities of this colourful, graphic and immediate approach to making repeat prints. You will learn how to expose transparent images using UV light and print different layers to build up your image. No experience necessary – just a bit of creativity.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£130/95 conc.

Website

http://www.peacockvisualarts.com/printmaking-workshops/

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

Website

www.peacockvisualarts.com

E-mail

info@peacockvisualarts.co.uk

Telephone

01224 639539

Fax

01224 627094

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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