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Deveron Projects

The Town Is The Venue
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Peter Liversidge

Proposals for Huntly


Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen
John Steinbeck
Proposals of all sorts, questioning whether the artist's job is done once the idea is formed.

Peter Liversidge comes from London, and has exhibited and performed all over the world. He stayed in Huntly for 6 weeks during winter 2011.

Deveron Projects has been in operation for over 15 years. The starting point is always a topic we identify, which could be of environmental, social, political or historical concern. But is it the proposal idea that counts? Or is it the execution?


For many artists, the proposal is one of the starting points in realising a project. For Peter Liversidge, the proposal is the medium. After a period of research in a place, his work begins on his kitchen table, sitting alone writing proposals on an old manual typewriter. These hand typed pages propose an array of possible and impossible ideas for performances and artworks. In a sense the first realisation of every work is in Liversidge’s head, then on the page, then in the mind of the reader, and finally (perhaps) as a physical object or happening. In every case, the first ‘artwork’ from any series of proposals is the bookwork that presents the collected ideas.

Peter wrote a new set of proposals for Huntly: geographically relevant to the place, but really just putting his current, often bizarre ideas on paper, forming a body of work that acts as a window into a very active mind. Humour is key to his work, and his Proposal series, which has evolved over the past 10 years, ranging from the impractical to the absurd. For Huntly this includes a mass fiddle rally at the Tin Hut filled up with fiddlers only; the twinning of our Scottish Huntly with the one from Waikatu in New Zealand and the making of Lincolnshire sausages.


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