Peacock Associates is Scotland’s first fully-funded Curatorial Fellowship for visual arts. This programme was piloted in 2018, in which ten Aberdeen-based independent curators, artists, architects and designers exchanged skills and collectively curated ‘W OR M OPEN’, a two-month experimental series of exhibitions and public events. Building on the success of the 2018 edition, Peacock Associates 2019 invites applications from curators and artist-curators living and working in Aberdeen and the North-East region* to engage in this one-year programme.
Through the ‘Deep Mapping’ methodology, the fellowship generates a platform for collective learning. Deep Mapping proposes a perspective from below. It is a spatial practice that recovers what is suppressed and excluded from the traditional bird’s-eye view cartography. It is a process of reading and reshaping the landscape that embraces political, social, economic and environmental concerns, challenging accepted knowledge and imposed belief systems. Through Deep Mapping the group will explore the radical culture of the North East of Scotland.
Five successful applicants have been selected for the fellowship and they participate in the following activities:
- four intensive sessions with guest curators with regional and international practices;
- a remote reading group which develops and shapes curatorial discourse over the period of programme;
- mentoring support;
- and a physical and collective embodiment of the research undertaken, culminating in an exhibition at The W OR M.
The programme is organised by Nuno Sacramento (Peacock Visual Arts Director), Shadow Curators Naoko Mabon and Rachel Grant (both members of the first Associates cohort in 2018) and overseen by advisor Mónica Núñez Laiseca, Senior Lecturer in Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) at Glasgow School of Art.
*North- East Region (Aberdeen/shire, Inverness, Dundee, Northern Isles and all places in between)
Abby Beatrice Quick is an Aberdeen-based Graduate in Residence at Gray’s School of Art, artist, writer and co-editor of ‘haar:bour journal’ (previously ‘HAAR Journal’). Oscillating between past, present, sensuous and sublime, she seeks to investigate our perception of the environment through the blending of folklore and myth embedded within the everyday.
The majority of her research and practice is informed by the concept of anthropology beyond the human. From salt flats and fossilised sand dunes, to glaciers and geothermal hot springs, to the peat-lands of Sutherland, and our own silvery city by the sea, she is drawn to isolated and liminal spaces; exploring spatio-temporality and natural phenomena, and also the ancestral and geo-political undercurrents of such places.
Caitlin Dick is a visual artist living in Aberdeen where she gained her BA in Contemporary Art at Gray’s School of Art in 2017 and went on to complete her Masters in Contemporary Art at Edinburgh College of Art in 2018. Caitlin returned to Aberdeen where she currently hosts workshops at Peacock Visual Arts and runs ‘Nomad’, a new experimental project which looks to support the creatives of Aberdeen through exhibitions and workshops; exploring sustainability and unconventional exhibition spaces within Aberdeen’s artistic community. Currently her practice encompasses the exploration of societal dependence on social media.
Joss Allen has an MFA from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, and is project coordinator for Town is the Garden, Deveron Projects, a socially engaged arts organisation based in Huntly, northeast Scotland. As an artworker, he is interested in how art can contribute to the shaping of non-capitalist economic forms and ways of being and engender collaborations across disciplines. His practice has been influenced by his experience as a support worker for adults with autism, a refuse collector and as a farm labourer on an organic farm.
Phoebe McBride is a graduate of Fine Art Painting and Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art (2017.) Now based in Aberdeen, she is co-editor for contemporary art journal ‘haar:bour’ (previously ‘HAAR Journal.’) Her multi-disciplinary practice combines writing, photography and moving image to challenge the rate at which we observe in a fast paced society. Her research is currently focussed on utilising fiction as a method to challenge perceived normalities and to speculate alternate futures.
Svetlana Panova is a visual artist from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, who currently lives and works in Aberdeen. She first moved to Scotland six years ago to study on the Contemporary Art Practice course at Gray’s School of Art, which she graduated from in 2017 and returned to again in the following 2017/18 as a Graduate in Residence. Since then she has been developing her independent creative practice with a growing interest in curation and facilitation of artistic activity, as well as engaging with others within collaborations, workshops, crits and discussions. She has worked with various local and international organisations both as an exhibiting artist – Hospitalfield, Arbroath (2017); Citymoves, Aberdeen (2017); G39, Cardiff (2018); Look Again Festival, Aberdeen (2018); National Theatre of Scotland (2019) and as an assistant – Scotland+Venice (2017/18); Grampian Hospitals Art Trust, Aberdeen (2018) among others. Driven by curiosity and context, in her artistic practice she works in an open and multidisciplinary way within various mediums, which include sculpture, installation, moving image and performance. Her research focusses on the emotional and structural relationships, which take place between the individual and the environment they inhabit, as well and the psychological, architectural and political factors which shape these connections.