Aug 262016

Marie Velardi-Future Perfect 21st Century-2006-2015-Kochi BiennaleWith thanks to John Morrison.

Peacock Visual Arts proudly presents Lost Islands & Other Works, an exhibition of drawing, sculpture, and installation by Marie Velardi. For her first solo show in the UK, this exhibition brings together recent and significant works to consider the nature of impermanence and movement of time from various perspectives.

Within her practice, Marie employs fact and fiction to both imagine and question the future.

Works closely examine movements of the earth, such as the continuous shift between land and sea, or inhabited islands disappearing into the ocean due to rising water levels. Marie’s use of fiction to present a timeline of the 21st century as described in sci-fi literature and film, offsets our reality to incite a powerful yet playful protest about the uncertainty of our future, and the condition of the earth today.

During the exhibition, selected artists, initiatives and academics will be invited to actively respond to the exhibition to explore ideas around unpredictable worlds, landscape, and sustainability.

Marie Velardi was born in Geneva, Switzerland. She lives and works in Geneva and Paris. Her work has been exhibited in France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. In 2014-2015 she represented Switzerland at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India. She has won various awards; among them the ‘2015 Scholarship of the City of Geneva’ for her on-going research project called Terre-Mer.

Marie Velardi // Lost Islands & Other Works

Runs: 27 August 2016 – 8 October 2016
Venue: Peacock Visual Arts

Oct 082015

Hugh_Rowson_500featPeacock Visual Arts presents ‘PUTNEY POEMS’ an exhibition by Hugh T. Rowson.

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.

Opening: Saturday 10th October, 2-4pm
Exhibition runs from: 10th October – 7th November

More Info: What’s on at Peacock Visual Arts October 2015

Jun 152015

Since last Saturday, June 6, Hell Yeah have taken over Peacock Visual Arts to draw a sugar loaded, popcorn poppin’, over indulgent large-scale illustration installation on the walls of our main gallery.

Poster_FINAL featHell Yeah actively encourage viewers to visit them in the gallery throughout the duration of the installation in order for you to engage with their creative process, with questions and interaction with artists welcomed.

Once the installation is complete the gallery will be closed throughout the day on Friday 26 June to prepare the space for the official Closing Party, which will feature previously unseen work
from the artists hung directly on top of the installation.

The guarded nature of the Closing Party is intended to provoke viewers’ curiosity, urge you to explore the artwork further and also offer a fresh perspective of the exhibition as a whole.

The closing party will take place on Friday 26 June, 6-8pm, all welcome.

The finished exhibition will then run until Saturday 18 July 2015.

About the Artists

Hell Yeah are two artists who work together on large-scale site-specific illustration installations as well as commercial projects. Their typical Scottish dry wit and youthful enthusiasm for life gives their work a raw yet playful mix, which can leave the viewer feeling both amused and uneasy at the same time.

Live Drawing: 6 June – 25 June 2015

Closing Party: Friday 26 June. 6-8pm. All welcome.

Exhibition: 27 June – 18 July 2015

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:

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.