Paintings as Arguments: Five Decades of Cultural and Political Change in Scotland // Alexander Moffat16. Aug - 20. Sep 14 / ended Peacock Visual Arts
Tuesday – Saturday 9:30 – 5:30pm
Centred on the work of Alexander Moffat this exhibition opens enquiries into important changes and achievements in cultural expression and education, artistic means of production and dissemination in Scotland and their international contexts.
The period from 1960 onwards saw major cultural change in Scotland and throughout the world. Moffat was directly involved as an artist-activist, a curator and a teacher. He opposed current establishment conventions, curated and exhibited work by young Scottish artists and taught new generations with a major and continuing influence. His main aim as an artist, curator and writer has been to place Scotland and Scottish art in a relationship with the rest of the world.
As the country prepares to answer the question of whether it wants self-government or not, we ask what contribution have the visual arts made in taking us to the point where a referendum on independence is even thinkable, no matter the outcome. What has been the role of the “success story” of Scottish art in increasing self-awareness of Scotland’s cultural distinctiveness? Have our artists helped to build confidence amongst the people of Scotland and banish the old inferiority complex, the “cringe”? What are the cultural arguments for, or against, independence?
A complementary programme of film screenings, talks and panel discussions will allow for wider reflection and public engagement.
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