Opening: Thursday, 12th April, 7-9pm
 at The WORM
Exhibition: Thursday, 12th April – Saturday, 5th May 2018
Opening times: Tues–Sat, 10am-5pm
Location: The W OR M, 11 Castle Street, Aberdeen, AB11 5BQ

Nuart Gallery and Peacock Visual Arts are proud to present Inky Protest, a collaborative exhibition showcasing a selection of artwork plucked from the archives of Nuart Gallery and Peacock Visual Arts’ respective print houses. Featuring some of the world’s leading names in the Street, Urban and Lowbrow art movements from Brad Downey, Mike Giant and Ralph Steadman to Futura, Martha Cooper and Jamie Reid, Inky Protest surveys over 20 years of countercultural creativity.

The Nuart Print House selection includes an international roster of artists who have participated in Nuart Festival and Nuart Aberdeen over the years. Showcasing Nuart’s history and standing within the international Street Art community, the prints on display at Inky Protest are taken from Nuart Fesitival’s 2015 and 2016 boxsets editions which were produced as a celebration of street art’s debt to those movements that came before it, in particular cultures built around the 12” single, hence a standardised size of 12” x 12” (30 x 30cm) for each work.

All of us at Nuart believe in helping foster a global creative community. We host exhibitions, collaborative online and offline projects, art events, festivals and workshops of all types. We are always looking to collaborate with other fields. Though we are primarily a Street and Urban Contemporary focused gallery, we support a strong interdisciplinary approach to ‘making’ and frequently look for alternative and interesting ways to engage the creative community. Whether it’s through a printed project, an interactive element, or an online project, we promote the theory that all artists are multi-faceted, idea-centric individuals whose creativity goes well beyond the technical aspects of the work into the experiential and experimental side of art making and appreciation.

Peacock Visual Arts have over 40 years’ experience of collaborating with artists. From national treasures, Turner Prize nominees, Becks Futures winners and legendary tattooists to local schoolchildren our mission has embraced the importance of making as a key component of personal and cultural growth. Recent projects have included working with Tom Hammick on a suite of prints now in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress – Washington. Frances Walker – a founding member – now in her 88th year and in many ways the bedrock that our workshop is built upon. Frances will exhibit work in The W OR M later in the year presenting recent large-scale etchings. Donald Urquhart’s A-Z of Michael Jackson – a large-scale commission – printed on canvas – will be a key artwork in the National Portrait Galleries – ‘On the Wall’ Exhibition in June.

All featured in Inky Protest alongside local and national artists. All artworks are made in Aberdeen. Peacock Visual Arts are very proud of our roots and the continued support we receive that has established our continued growth within the sector. “We are delighted to welcome Nuart into our home. Making art takes courage and we applaud a city that embraces risk. Aberdeen has been richly rewarded with a variety of brilliant artworks that have been debated and viewed by many new audiences. A city talking about art is a welcome change to weather!”

Artist Line – Up:

Adam Bridgland (UK), Add Fuel (PT), Axel Void (ES), Bortusk Leer (UK), Clare Barclay (UK), Claire Roberts (UK), Conrad Aitkinson (UK), David Noonan (AU), Ella&Pitr (FR), Eron (IT), Evol (DE), Fintan Magee (AU), Frances Walker (UK), Futura (US), Henrik Uldalen (NO), Hyuro (ES), Ian Stevenson (UK), ICY&SOT (IR), Isaac Cordal (ES), Jamie Reid (UK), Janice Kerbel (CA), Jaune (BE), John McLean (UK), Kennardphillipps (UK), Martha Cooper (US), Martin Whatson (NO), M-City (PL), Mike Giant (US), Mobstr (UK), Nipper (NO), Pat Douthwaite (UK), Ralph Steadman (UK), Robert Montgomery (UK), Rosalind Nashashibi (IL/UK), Sadie Main (UK), Scott Myles (UK), Seripop (CA), Tom Hammick (UK), Willie Moulding (UK) & more

About the Nuart Gallery
The Nuart gallery is a project space established as a way to utilise the networks created through the development of the Nuart Festival and other public art projects. The space aims to nurture young regional and national talent whilst at the same time hosting and producing exhibitions and public art projects from some of the world’s leading “street” and contemporary artists. Our goal is to cultivate a space where artists can develop their practice, contribute to a sense of “shared values” as well as engage the community in discussions surrounding the cultures they’re engaged with.

With over 20 years of experience in world-class cultural productions and promotions, Nuart Gallery aims to draw on its local, national and international networks to provide the region with one of the country’s most dynamic and progressive alternative art spaces.

Nuart Gallery, like Nuart Festival, is a not-for-profit organisation. All income generated from the sale of artworks goes towards covering the cost of the annual Nuart Festival in Stavanger and ensuring our continued existence.

About Peacock Visual Arts
Since 1974, Peacock Visual Arts has supported thousands of artists in the production of artworks, ranging from prints to video works, photography, performance and site-specific public installations. At its core lies the idea of the multiple, work that can be reproduced in a variety of formats, analogue and digital, reconfiguring the relationship between the artist, the artwork and the audience, which can be outlined simply as – making, learning and showing. Our organisation is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Creative Scotland. Peacock’s role in the city of Aberdeen, through its printmaking department, digital studio and gallery/project space The W OR M, has been to activate spaces where artists and the citizens, prompted by artworks, congregate around ideas and practices that interrupt everyday routines. Its making facilities include a digital fabrication studio, screen printing studio and relief printing studio. Its online print shop has a wide range of contemporary art prints for sale by local, regional and international artists, many of which have been published and editioned at Peacock Visual Arts.

Peacock Visual Arts, based on 21 Castle Street is open Tuesday-Saturday, 09.30-17.30.
The W OR M, based on 11 Castle Street is open Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-17.00