Exhibition in Worm, 11 Castle Street, Aberdeen.
29th November 2019 – 25th January 2020
Open Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 5pm
(gallery closed 22nd December 2019 – 6th January 2020)

Artist talk: Thursday 28th November 18:00 – 19:00

Peacock Visual Arts have commissioned Roddy Buchanan to engage with the first rendition of Castlegate Drawing School (CDS).

Castlegate Drawing School is a tribute to drawing. Drawing is everywhere, including art galleries. Beyond so-called artistic drawing, there are many other forms; prosaic, everyday, disposable pictures, made by people who do not call themselves artists.

CDS will encourage you to look at drawing in familiar as well as less usual spaces like: art galleries, museums, art schools but also hospitals, police stations, toilets, building sites, courthouses, football clubs, schools, pubs, supermarkets, roads, homes, and coffee shops. The drawings may vary from artworks to doodles, to naval sketches, topiaries, plumbing solutions, cappuccino toppings, tactical football instructions, and boy racers’ road doughnuts.

Following our invitation, Buchanan proposed to build a mind-map of available drawings’ sources, taking as starting point his own life and immediate environment. The activity he proposes is speculative, collecting professional by-product from his studio, drawings given to him from his children, mass produced drawings in books and magazines, drawings saved from peoples’ clear outs, scribbles saved from oblivion and anything else he can lay his hands on.

Buchanan’s practice often procures an element of chance. As he approaches the situation, with the candid offer of a song or a story, he secretly aims at some off-the-cuff reciprocity. In Usumacinta Song Exchange (Mexico) Buchanan jumped from a canoe to engage in conversation with a villager. After a few minutes the offer was clear; he sang a song, and asked for one back. The result is an oral survey that, when collected together, forms an impressive map of the mundane.

In Aberdeen, for a limited amount of time, Buchanan and the Worm’s team will be chancing it; in an attempt to track down some drawings, they will be out and about. The drawings will be shown in the Worm as part of an on-going archive called the Castlegate Drawing School.

Roderick Buchanan. Born Glasgow, 1965, lives and works in Glasgow. He was awarded the Becks Futures Prize in 2000, represented the UK in the Indian Triennial in 2005 and was filmmaker in residence for Creative Scotland during the Olympics in 2012. Buchanan employs film, video, photography and sculpture to question collective and individual identity. His works engage with their subjects to explore the codes and iconographies of cultural allegiance and identity, frequently focusing on the individual subject as part of a wider field of social and cultural relationships.