A new way of engaging with the city of Aberdeen has been launched with Peacock Visual Arts. The W OR M, the new space for discussion, action and deliberation will engage in artistic, economic, social and environmental terms of the Granite City and its possible futures. The W OR M will be a space for the political without pre-empting the answers or alliances.
Located less than 100 meters from their printmaking and digital workshops, W OR M will provide renewed public visability with a positive impact on the city. Funding from Creative Scotland has allowed Peacock Visual Arts to relocate the delivery of its artistic programme to a renovated, former shop unit in Aberdeen’s historic Castlegate. It is hoped that the new venue will help to make the former market square into a social space for discussion and the exchange of ideas and creative practice.
Peacock has commissioned Aberdeen-born, Glasgow-based artist Raydale Dower to design and transform the space into its new project room, The W OR M. The Gift is the inaugural exhibition to mark the launch of The W OR M and presents new work. The exhibition presents two views of a “found object” in a city-wide print campaign and a series of permanent interventions for The W OR M.
The Gift – two views of the same object, is inspired by Man Ray’s surrealist object of the same title. Dower has recreated the iconic artwork with everyday objects, an old flat iron and carpet tacks, found in his parents’ house in Aberdeen and produced an edition of silkscreen prints that present the found object from two alternate views.
The Gift by Raydale Dower is on until September 2. Visitors can see the exhibition from 10am-5pm. See www.peacockvisualarts.com