Jan Peacock

Jan Peacock exhibits video and installation work throughout Canada and internationally. She is best known for her work with language, landscape and performance elements in essay-shaped constructions.

Her work is held in public and private collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Fukui Museum in Japan and the Ludwig Museum in Köln. Recently, her work has been featured at the Festival International du Film sur l’Art and at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. She has won awards at the Atlantic Film & Video Festival, the Chicago International Film & Video Festival, and the Atlanta Film & Video Festival. She is a recipient of the Bell Canada Award and the Canada Council Medal for her contribution to the field of video, and she is a Governor General’s Award laureate in Visual and Media Arts.

Jan Peacock lives in Halifax, where she teaches interdisciplinary studio courses at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD University), and directs the MFA Program.​

Artist Code: 306


touch 1.0

2012, 08:00 minutes, colour, Silent


2009, 06:00 minutes, colour

Bystander (Performance for scanner, words, and pearls)

2009, 02:04 minutes, colour, Silent

Jan Peacock: A Video Retrospective

2009, 112:00 minutes, colour, English

Soaring with Dogs

2008, 05:48 minutes, colour, silent

Current Details

2003, 05:48 minutes, colour, Silent

This Walk, These Steps

1995, 05:00 minutes, colour, English/French

Reader by the Window

1993, 15:37 minutes, colour, English/French


1990, 14:15 minutes, English


1987, 08:30 minutes, English

(Bliss) (Dread) The Road Rises to Meet You

1987, 06:30 minutes, colour

Wallace & Theresa

1985, 08:35 minutes, colour, English/French/Korean

Pie Y Café

1984, 04:52 minutes, colour, English/Spanish


1983, 02:57 minutes, colour

News From the In-Between

1981, 18:40 minutes, colour

California Freeze-Out

1980, 16:20 minutes, colour

Camouflage / Nothing to Hide

1978, 21:58 minutes, colour

Picture Story

1977, 15:00 minutes, colour, English

Critical Writing

Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan
by Jan Peacock. Canadian Art, Spring 2012, v. 29, no. 1.
Traumatic Landscape
by James MacSwain and Mireille Bourgeois. Traumatic Landscape, 2007. Halifax: The Centre for Art Tapes, 2007.
Video art, and how to survive it: It confounds most viewers, so...
by Sarah Milroy. The Globe and Mail, Mar. 6, 2002.
Weird Geographies: Video Art from the Atlantic Region/Translantique
by Sarah Hollenberg. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2002, v. 19, no. 73 / 4.
A Conversation Between a Reader and a Writer
by Kenna Manos. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.
Jan Peacock: Video as Experience
by Tim Dallet. Arts Atlantic, Fall 2001, v. 18, no. 2.
Wendy Landry on the video installations of Jan Peacock: Attempts...
by Wendy Landry. C Magazine, Winter 2000, no. 67/68.
Martha Wilson: Not Taking It at Face Value
by Jayne Wark. Camera Obscura, 2000, v. 15, no. 3.
Canadian Currents
Toronto: Absolute Choice Curatorial Collective, 1999.
Jan Peacock
Jan Peacock, 1998. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1998.
Total recall: History, memory & new documentary
by Sara Diamond and Gary Kibbins. Trade Initiative, 1998. Vancouver: Satellite Video Exchange Society, 1998.
Biographical Sketch and Video Notes
by Cliff Eyland and David Askevold. David Askevold: Cultural Geographies, 1998. Charlettetown: Confederation Centre Art Gallery and Museum, 1998.
Jan Peacock: Video Artist, Installation Artist
by Roger Matuz. Contemporary Canadian Artists, 1997. Toronto: Gale Canada, 1997.
Public Space, Virtually
by Earl Miller. Fuse, Summer 1995, v. 18, no. 4.
Jan Peacock video weaves issues of memory and mobility
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Apr. 6, 1995, v. 14, no. 32.
Collection of Halifax video art recalls genre's first principles
by Cameron Bailey. Now, Nov. 16, 1995, v. 15, no. 11.
Corpus Loquendi: body for speaking
by Jan Peacock. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1994.
Corpus Loquendi/Body for Speaking: Body-Centred Video in Halifax...
by Jan Peacock. Halifax: Dalhousie Art Gallery, 1994.
Day makes it happen on electronic canvas: Video artist at the...
by Elissa Barnard. Halifax Chronicle Herald, July 1993.
Cold Snaps: Images 88, Northern Visions showcase of new film and video
by Andrew J. Patterson. Cinema Canada, Sept. 1988, no. 155.
Video Exhibition: Total Recall
by Sarah Diamond and Gary Kibbins.
Snapshots from Halifax: an uneven portrait
by Robert Everett-Green. The Globe and Mail, June 27, 1986.
Life like it: some Halifax video
by Earl Miller. Canadian Art, Winter 1986, v. 3, no. 4.
Signaux Poetiques/Poetic Signals
by Daina Augaitis and Manon Blanchette. Signaux Poetiques/Poetic Signals, July 21 Summer, 1986.
LIFE LIKE IT: Some Halifax Video
by Cathy Quinn. Video Guide, Sept. 1986, v. 8, no. 38.
Life Like It: Some Halifax Video
by Robin Metcalfe. Video Guide, Sept. 1986, v. 8, no. 38.
Collision In The Capital: Politics and Art Hit head-On in Video...
by Geoff Pevere. Fuse, Summer 1985, v. 9, no. 1 & 2.
Artists Call
by Charlotte Townsend-Gault. Vanguard, Apr. 1984, v. 13, no. 3.
Video culture bridges gap between art, culture: Canadian artists...
by Adrian Iwachiw. Excalibur, Nov. 1983, v. 18, no. 10.