Friday, 3 August 2007


Dear all,

You have probably heard about our plans for a new centre for contemporary art in Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens. It would incorporate the current activities of Peacock Visual Arts, the city’s Arts Development and Education Teams and the contemporary dance company, CityMoves. The project has the support of Aberdeen City Council, the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Enterprise Grampian. For detailed information and images of the model please visit our website:

The application for planning permission has now been submitted and the period of public consultation ends on 9 August. Some objections have been lodged which claim that the proposal “would not be sympathetic to the gardens, would erode completely the character of Union Terrace, destroying the listed arcade and eliminating the last few remnants of the Forest of Stocket”. The objectors conclude by suggesting that the Triple Kirks would provide a more appropriate location for the project. Ironically, we looked very closely at this site but its complications and cost put it beyond the budget and time-frame of the project.

The attached letter addresses these objections.

We believe it would help tremendously if the Planning Department were also to receive letters of support from people who do want to see Aberdeen have its own centre for contemporary art. If you wish you could print and send a copy of the letter to the Council’s Planning Department. Please feel free to make any changes you see fit. Also do please give copies to anyone you know who might also want to help.

If you could spare a minute to support the project, we would be most grateful. Do please note that the deadline for such submissions is next Thursday, 9 August.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks,

Kind regards,

Nina Eggens
press & marketing manager

P E A C O C K visual arts
21 Castle Street (off Castlegate)
AB11 5BQ

t: 01224 639539
f: 01224 627094

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