‘Between Urgencies and Curatorial Desires: The Fellows in Conversation with Sadie Young & Viviana Checchia’

15th August 2019, 6-8pm
At The Mercat Cross, Castle Gate
Free, no booking required. All welcome.

You are invited to join Peacock Visual Arts Curatorial Fellows for the second public event in the programme, ‘Between Urgencies and Curatorial Desires’. The discussion will be framed by topics related to socially engaged practice in Scotland’s arts sector. This includes curatorial approaches to urgency, community engagement, public usefulness and sustainability within specific geographic and institutional contexts.

These approaches will be located in the practice of two curators; Sadie Young, Director of Timespan in Helmsdale and Viviana Checchia, Public Engagement Curator at CCA Glasgow. The event will be moderated by the Fellows, with plenty of space for audience participation.

If the weather is poor, the event will be held indoors at Peacock Visual Arts.


■ Sadie Young, Director, Timespan

Sadie Young is a researcher, curator and educator and Director of Timespan, a cultural institution in the very north east of the Scottish Highlands with local, global and planetary ambitions to weaponise culture for social change. Sadie is committed to using the cultural institution as a public space to question and change unjust structures and to respond to social urgencies through communal learning, the production of collective knowledge and lobbying at all levels, and is motivated by those on the coal face fighting for emancipation, liberation and equality. She was previously Director/Curator of the curatorial and educational platform, Lanchester Gallery Projects at Coventry University.

■ Viviana Checchia, Public Engagement Curator, CCA

Viviana Checchia is a curator, critic and lecturer active internationally. She is currently the Public Engagement Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Art: Glasgow (CCA). As part of her role in the CCA she has researched and curated various public programmes and artist commissions including the first ever UK solo show by Dutch artist Jonas Staal, ‘The Scottish European Parliament’ (2018). She often works in collaboration with the rest of the CCA curatorial team with whom she co-curated the exhibition project, ‘The House That Heals The Soul’ (2017). Checchia has devoted much of her curatorial research at CCA to the global and local development of socially engaged art practice. Prior to taking up her role at CCA, Checchia produced and contributed to a wide range of international projects, including Young Artist of the Year Award (2014, Ramallah), and the 4th Athens Biennale (2013). For the past eight years, Checchia has co-directed ‘vessel’, a platform for critical discussion surrounding the cultural, social, economic and political change created through community-based work based in Puglia, Italy.


The Associates is run by Peacock Visual Arts and began as a pilot program in 2018. This years programme brings together five practitioners working in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and is Scotland’s first fully – funded Curatorial Fellowship for visual arts. This year’s cohort includes; Joss Allen, Caitlin Dick, Phoebe McBride, Svetlana Panova and Abby Quick. The Fellowship will run until March 2020 through a series of intensive sessions, reading groups and a collective exhibition. The content of the programme is informed by the needs and interests of the Fellows and developed by the collective group, with support from PVA staff.

For more information about the programme and the fellows visit this link: https://peacockvisualarts.com/curatorialfellowship/