Wednesday, 17 December 2014

XL // Peacock Visual Arts at 40!

This year see's Peacock Visual Arts celebrate 40 years of existence, no small feat especially in an industrial city like Aberdeen. From its humble begginings as Peacocks Printmakers (Ltd) in the 1970s to the fully fledged Contemporary Arts Centre we have today has been a rather interesting tale taking in many branches and areas of expertise which has resulted in the Peacocks we know today. It might be worth checking out their history here.

Such a big milestone like turning 40 deserves a big show and XL is just that but its so much more. The idea was to celebrate Peacocks heritage and history but to also keep one eye on the future too, not an easy task. But through curating an exhibition of specially commisioned pieces from some of Peacocks most renowned artists but also including works created throughout 2014 by various artists through in the Peacocks print studio has led to a greatest hits collection. And I have to say a year in the life of Peacocks print studio is pretty damn good looking! 

Work comes from staples like Ralph Steadman and Frances Walker but also new additions from Adam Bridgland, William Moulding and Satterugly add a contemporary twist to the show along with one of Peacocks biggest collaborations to date with Below Another Sky artists adding work to the show, not to mention the incredible meachanical peacock created by the MAKE Lab! It can be easy to forget how much time and energy has gone into keeping Peacocks going but its shows like this that make it all worthwhile. Its a comprehensive show and certainly gives a great overview of where Peacocks has come from and also where its going and it looks pretty good.

XL will be on display until mid January but you can pick up one of the special laser cut postcard sets featuring work from the exhibition for £10 in the gallery and some print editions have also been made available via the new Peacocks Online Print Shop here so be sure to check em out and maybe add a little piece of the Peacocks legacy to your own home! 

Happy Birthday Peacocks.