Peacock Visual Arts Limited

peacock is a printmaking workshop in the north east of Scotland, established in 1974. We offer a wide range of artistic techniques, such as relief printing, intaglio, screenprint, lithography, and risograph. We are a charity supported by Aberdeen City Council & Creative Scotland.

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 the gallery/project space the worm, has been to activate spaces where artists and citizens are, prompted by artworks to congregate around ideas and practices that interrupt everyday routines. Our making facilities include a digital fabrication studio, screen printing studio and relief printing studio.

In our print shop, we have 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.

Our open access workshop is based just off the Castlegate, with a sign above the close. Our project space and gallery is on the Castlegate and is called the worm.

Nestled in the backstreets of the Castlegate area the workshop can be accessed both via a wide and flat lane off King Street or by the smaller cobbled alleys from the Castlegate itself, which are signposted. The alleys can become slippery so we ask all visitors to take care in wet conditions when making their way to the building by this route. Parking is available nearby at Frederick Street or on-street in Peacocks close.

The workshop building has 3 storeys and no lift, so disability access is limited to the ground floor, where the majority of our services can be provided, including our toilets and hand washing facilities. We will make every effort to ensure that everyone, regardless of mobility difficulties or any other impairment can enjoy the facilities we provide. If you have any concerns about accessibility in the workshops or would like more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a query.

We are always working to reduce our emmissions through our carbon management plan. This includes maximising our recycling and using a No Landfill waste collection service, installing energy efficient lighting throughout the building where possible and using sustainably-sourced materials as much as possible in our artistic processes. As the realities of climate change become more apparent, we strive to further reduce our environmental impact by making our day-to-day methods of working as efficient as possible.


21 Castle St
Aberdeen AB11 5BQ