9 August – 20 September 2008. Opening night Friday 8 August, 6 – 8pm.

Norwegian based Katrhin Höhne and Bjarte Gismarvik investigate the declining fishing industry in Aberdeen and the North East in dialogue with Fisherman George, The Gutters, Sir William Piper, Wheelie’s Quines, The Harbour Master, Captain Birds Eye and many others. An exhibition in text, photography, video and installation, it also includes a new twist to fish n’ chip wrappers.

Rather than old newspapers or greaseproof paper, customers at chip shops and fishmongers across the city will find their food wrapped in an illustrated history of the North-sea Fishing Industry courtesy of the artists. The six fish and chip wrapper news sheets tackle different parts of the fishing industry, from the origins of fishing in the North-east to the challenges faced by the industry today.


dawn ingram of mike's fish n chip shop in torry wrapping a supper in the special paper

Dawn Ingram of Mike’s Famous Fish ‘n Chip shop in Torry, pictured with the artists


By-catch Lunch!

Saturday 9 August, 12 – 2pm

Come and join us at a cookery demonstration by a professional chef, with the opportunity to taste some exciting by-catch fish dishes! This workshop is FREE but places are limited so to book please contact angela@peacockvisualarts.co.uk or call 01224 639 539


Your monthly film screening

Darwin’s Nightmare [Hubert Sauper, 2004, 107min] Tuesday 12 August, 7pm. Entry free, no booking required. A tale of how a booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created a sinister globalised alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake in Tanzania in the early 1990s. Sauper combines bizarre sights with jaw-dropping revelations, a striking cast of characters with global awareness. It’s a film not to be missed!

Lottery of the sea [Alan Sekula, US, 2006, 179min] Tuesday 2 September, 7pm. Entry free, no booking required. In nearly three hours, the film documents the period leading up to the current “war on terror” all by way of a meandering, essayistic voyage from seaport to seaport, waterfront to waterfront, coast to coast. Starts 7pm, entry free.

Fisher Poets [Jennifer Brett Winston, 2006, 42 min] Monday 15 September, 7pm at the Belmont Picturehouse, Belmont Street, Aberdeen. Entry £4.50/3.50 concessions. Fisher Poets is the story of a unique breed of commercial fishermen who spin tall tales and weave true stories of life at sea through vivid and powerful poetry. Discover what truly inspires these salty characters on the brink of extinction. Presented by Moe Bowstern, one of the featured poets, in conjunction with her exhibition XTra Tuf.

XTRA TUF # 5.75. The installation zine

A project by Moe Bowstern / 12 September to 16 September Opening night Thursday 11 September 6 – 8pm

12 September – 16 September, 2008

fishing boat at sea

The skiff of the Thelma C, the last year she fished salmon, 1992. Courtesy the artist

Moe Bowstern has been a sometime deckhand since 1986, fishing mostly aboard small boats and skiffs around Kodiak Island, Alaska. For ten years she has chronicled her adventures in her ‘fanzines’ Xtra Tuf and Second Set Out. In the precarious straddle of these two worlds of fishing and art, she brings to light the songs and stories of America’s vanishing fishing fleets. The exhibition includes her publications, audio recordings of her storytelling and other bits and pieces from the sea…

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