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'Show and Tell' with Jack Davidson at WORM!

We managed to get along to 'Show and Tell' last week for the first OPEN event at Peacocks new W OR M space on the Castlegate. Although the space opened last year, this month long series of events also titled 'OPEN' is curated by the new Peacocks Associates, a shift away from the traditional curator led programme, the associates have now taken up the mantle and will be, as a group, curating the space. Certainly it makes for a more varied selection process but I'm sure one that's not without its problems. But I like the idea of Peacocks being in the hands of a group who range from a graphic designer to an architect, an established arts curator to art school graduates with everyone having an equal say in what gets programmed. 

The first show comes from curator Naoko Mabon and brings the work of Aberdeen born Jack Davidson to his home town. Although Jack hasn't lived in Aberdeen for almost 30 years he gladly regaled us with tales and fond memories from his time …

'Markings' by Jo Mcintosh at Parx Cafe!

'Markings' is the current show on display at Parx Cafe in Aberdeen's West End. Located just off Rubislaw Terrace. 'Markings' showcases the work of print maker and book maker Jo Mcintosh and features a lovely selection of work from editioned screen prints to hand stiched accordion style paper books. Although Aberdeen isn't short of galleries it's quite nice to be able to grab something fine for lunch while checking out what's on the walls. Its probably one of the things I miss the most about the EARL of Sandwich, that and the fact they gave me a panini tab!

Parx Cafe has been a regular spot to check out new artists and its refreshing to find an artist like Jo who's got an extensive background in the arts and I'm only just discovering her work now. From her degree in fashion design to running creative workshops and now in her current capacity as a lecturer, Jo has certainly been carving out a unique style and approach to her art. Although her work …

Aberdeens Graffiti Mecca 2008 vs 2018!

The old Richards Textile factory sits dominant on the Aberdeen skyline, its red brick chimney stacks visible for miles around. The high walls and cast iron fences once served to protect the valuable textiles and fabrics created with in, but now with added barbed wire act as a deterrent to any would be trespassers. The story of the factory (check the Wikipedia page and also this article) and its closing is quite controversial with local millionaire Ian Suttie stepping in to save the factory from closure in 2002 only to shut it down completely in 2004. The workers lost their pensions and the site has lain dormant as they await approval for a new 'Urban Village' (see unrealistic vision of it here) with some 390 new homes. If ever there's a case of playing the long game its the Richards debacle. Thankfully the project has been held up in the quagmire of planning permissions and heritage issues but I'm not sure if the pensions issue has been settled yet. But the factory has…