Peacock Visual Arts and the University of Aberdeen Special Collections have combined with former members of Aberdeen People’s Press to create an exhibition at 21 Castle Street, Aberdeen, to explore the work and impact of Aberdeen People’s Press (APP) in the 1970s and 1980s, the period during which APP produced a fortnightly alternative newspaper and published a range of pamphlets and books.
APP was part of the wide-ranging counter-cultural initiatives that were taking place from the late 1960s onwards throughout British culture, with alternative newspapers, political theatre, community arts and other radical interventions.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to re-appraise APP’s printing and publishing activities and its role in Aberdeen’s social and political history. The APP archive is held by the University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections, and it highlights the fact that many of the issues raised in the 1970s are still disputed today.
As part of the exhibition a series of five ‘Zoom’ talks have been arranged, beginning on Sunday 1st August, from 4pm-5pm, with Action must be creation, not a reaction with Margaret Lochrie.
The other talks are:
One does not compromise with a society in decay
with David Francis
Tuesday 10th August, 5-6pm
Diggers & Dreamers, pre-figuring the future
with Andy Rigby and Ian Baird
Thursday 26th August, 5-6pm
Aberdeen People’s Press, community newspapers and the end of printers’ monopoly over print
with Alan Marshall
Tuesday 14th September, 5-6pm
Is another Aberdeen possible?
with University of Aberdeen Archivist, Andrew MacGregor, former members of Aberdeen People’s Press alongside Doug Haywood and Fiona Napier from Aberdeen Social Centre
Saturday 25th September, 5-6pm
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