Oct 182012

With thanks to Kirsty Young.

Drag queen turned draughtsman, Donald Urquhart presents Big Jessie, a selection of bold, new hand printed works printed at Peacock Visual Arts.

Born in 1963, self confessed ‘big Jessie’ Donald Urquhart first gained public attention as the man behind the 90s high camp cabaret night The Beautiful Bend, but is now better known for his distinctive cartoon-like black ink drawings.

“Despite being black and white, Donald Urquhart’s bittersweet, droll, cartoon-like drawings are souvenirs of a colourful past. Comforting and disconcerting in equal measure, their elegant line and graphic finesse makes them immediately appealing, even though they sometimes dish out hardcore one-liners like seasoned cabaret artistes or twisted greetings cards.” Frieze Magazine

In Big Jessie Urquhart continues this style of work with pieces including The Scottish Alphabet, a screenprint portraying Urquharts homeland in twenty-six alphabetically ordered images counting Lulu, the Krankies and Molly Weir as important Scottish icons.
Exhibition runs until 27 October 2012

OilScapes // Various Artists

Curated by Dr Janet Stewart and Zeigam Azizov.

Zeigam Azizov, Peter Fend, Melik Ohanian, Aga Ousseinov and Owen Logan explore connections between oil, geopolitics and visual culture with particular emphasis on connections between the environment and mobility. Featuring an audio collage with voices from the University of Aberdeen’s Lives in the Oil Industry oral history archive.

OilScapes also features a number of events including Artist’s Talk a Workshop and OilScapes/Film screenings.

For the full programme: http://www.peacockvisualarts.com/events/379/oilscapes

Grotto // The Winter Exhibition

Submit your work in A4 format within the theme of “Grotto”, for your chance to be part of the annual PVA Christmas Exhibition, 2012 edition!  – Click here to Find out more

Screenprinting Weekend Workshop // beginners

Explore the creative possibilities of this colourful, graphic and immediate approach to making repeat prints. No experience required – just a few images and a bit of creativity.  – Click here to Find out more
Sat 27 & Sun 28 October | 10 – 4.30pm | £130/95 conc.

Etching   Weekend Workshop // beginners

Sign up for the opportunity to learn the techniques and processes that are involved in the traditional art of etching. No experience required. – Click here to Find out more  
Sat 27 & Sun 28 October | 10 – 4.30pm | £130/95 conc.

Thursday Print Club is back again!

Get familiar with the workshops, practice techniques and gain confidence and benefit from regular supervision from Peacock Staff.  – Click here to Find out more
Every Thursday evening 8 November – 13 December | £60

Animation Class

Ever wondered how Wallace and Gromit move? Or what makes Pingu go? Well here at Peacock we’re planning an abundance of animation workshops to show you just that! – Click here to Find out more
Thursday 18 & Thursday 25 October

Mono Printing Workshop // beginners

Join Michael Waight for this one day workshop, where he will show you how to master the art of the single impression print.   – Click here to Find out more
Saturday 24 November | 10 – 4:30pm | £75/£65 conc.

Japanese Stab Binding Workshop// beginners 

This one day workshop with Mike Waight will show you wonderful ways to make handmade books. Ideal for personal Christmas presents!  – Click here to Find out more
Saturday 1 December | 10 – 4:30pm | £75/£65 conc.