May 17, 2013
City of Culture Hackathon
Saturday, June 29, 2013 at 9:30 AM – Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 7:00 PM (PDT)
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
As may know, the initial bid document has now been
submitted to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In this document we outlined why we felt Aberdeen should be UK City of Culture and we detailed some of the city’s key resources.
Now we have to prepare for what happens next.
In the middle of June (we think around the 17th) we’ll discover if the judging panel have shortlisted us and if we then have to prepare a second, much more detailed bid document.
If we are not shortlisted there has been a commitment by Aberdeen City Council to press on with 2017 as a year of culture.
Whatever happens we have the opportunity to make Aberdeen a more cultural city and a city where the many talented people who live here and create here are recognised.
We would like you to be involved and we’d like to talk to you about the possibilities of Aberdeen being UK City of Culture.
The bid team would delighted to meet at a time suitable to you. This could be a conversation between two of us, or the team could prepare a presentation for you and any colleagues or friends or partners.
We can tell you about our plans and you can tell us what you want to see happen in Aberdeen.
Email us email@example.com to set something up.
full news post : News from Aberdeen’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2017.
May 15, 2013
Culturing Our Creativity is about the environment we create that will allow arts and culture in Scotland to flourish
An AmbITion Scotland seminar, webcast and open-space one-day event in partnership with Missions Models Money, Arts & Business Scotland and the Cultural Enterprise Office exploring the current context for culture and how we might change it.
Date: Monday 17 June 2013
Location: [venue TBC], Edinburgh
Seminar : 10.30 – 12:30
Webcast: 10:55 – 12:30
Open space: 13.15 – 15.30
Cost: £20 + VAT*
Ben Cameron from the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, a thought leader on culture and the arts in the United States will be the key note speaker for the day along with contributions from:
David Watt, new CEO of Arts & Business Scotland
Eleonore Belfiore, leader of the #culturalvalue initiative
Shelagh Wright, Missions Models Money
Bob Last, Cultural Enterprise Office
Hannah Rudman, Rudman Consulting and AmbITIon Scotland
Chaired by Roanne Dods and featuring storyteller Donald Smith from the Scottish Storytelling Centre to energise the open-space session, the day promises to be enlightening and engaging.
Culturing our Creativity is driven by three key questions: What conditions are needed for individuals and organisations working in arts, culture and the creative industries in Scotland to flourish on our finite planet? How can we ensure their presence? What more could they contribute to our common wealth if we did?
Individuals and organisations working in arts, culture and the creative industries in Scotland are faced with a rapidly changing external operating environment that is increasingly uncertain. Many, especially those working in small practices, micro businesses and SMEs, face continuous obstacles to achieving their full potential, especially in relation to accessing the right kind of human and financial resources to help them adapt and build their resilience.
Whilst we know a lot about the conditions needed to enable cultural and creative activities to flourish at different points in their lifecycle, they’re not present across the whole ecosystem. They’re not connected up. Most importantly, we don’t fully recognise the different kinds value they create, and what impacts these values have on our increasingly challenged economy, society and environment.
*If price is a barrier please get in touch – we don’t want anyone to be excluded based on ability to pay.
May 11, 2013
Applications are welcome for our 2013 Residency Programmes - we are offering 4 programmes in 2013
Please note that these programmes are devised for artists or others developing their working lives within the scope of contemporary art practices. We expect that applicants will have had a formal art school training or similar and will be developing projects and new work for public exhibition or developing their research with some public outcome in mind.
The programmes are structured for individuals working at a range of points in their career. Each has a specific focus with the July Open Residency Programme aiming to cultivate a group which has the broadest range of practices. Selectors will consider the application statements with care and in accordance with the aims of each of the programmes. We do not expect to do interviews but will select from the applications.
Please see our Courses programme if this sort of selection process does not seem right for you. The majority of the Courses are bookable and run on a first come first served basis.
May 11, 2013
The Poet’s Compass: a conference for Scotland’s emerging poets
Saturday 29 June 2013, 10am – 6.30pm
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow G2 3JD
Are you at an early stage in your journey to becoming a poet? Want some insider tips on how to get your poetry seen and heard as well as in print? Live and work in Scotland?
In a packed day of talks, workshops and panel sessions, we’ll be looking at:
The state of poetry publishing today and what you can do to make editors sit up and want to publish you (Neil Astley, editor of Bloodaxe Books, is our keynote speaker)
What it means to be a poet today – how you can follow your own path, reach different audiences and be creatively fulfilled
The role of the small press, magazine and writers’ network in helping emerging poets to make their poetry public
Getting involved in spoken word and performance poetry events
The benefits of working across platforms and collaborating with other artists and sectors
Plus workshops on pamphlet poetry, poetry online, doing it for yourself, and poetry residencies
At the end of the day, there’ll be drinks and socialising, and a comprehensive information pack to take away to help you start planning the next steps in your journey as a poet.
Speakers: Neil Astley, editor of Bloodaxe Books (keynote), Gerry Cambridge, Jim Carruth,
Harry Giles, Gerry Loose, Kona Macphee, Ali Maloney, Chris McCabe, Elspeth Murray,
Helena Nelson and Michael Pedersen
Tickets: £25 (includes lunch)
Booking deadline: Monday 17 June 2013
For further information and a booking form (which gives eligibility details), visit http://www.nawe.co.uk/DB/events/nawe-presents-the-poets-compass-a-conference-for-scotlands-emerging-poets.html or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Poet’s Compass is presented by NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) in partnership with CCA, Glasgow Life, Scottish Book Trust, Scottish Poetry Library and St Mungo’s Mirrorball with investment from Creative Scotland. It is part of Turning Another Page, a professional development programme for writers living and working in Scotland.
May 11, 2013
The thirty-second annual volume of New Writing Scotland will be published in summer 2014. Submissions are invited from writers resident in Scotland or Scots by birth, upbringing or inclination. All forms of writing are welcome: autobiography and memoirs; creative responses to events and experiences; drama; graphic artwork (monochrome only); poetry; political and cultural commentary and satire; screenplays; short fiction; travel writing or any other creative prose may be submitted, but not full-length plays or novels, though self-contained extracts are acceptable. The work must be neither previously published nor accepted for publication and may be in any of the languages of Scotland.
Submissions should be typed on one side of the paper only and the sheets stapled at the top-left corner. Prose pieces should be double-spaced and carry an approximate word-count. You should provide a covering letter, clearly marked with your name and address. Please also put your name on the individual works. If you would like to receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your manuscript, please enclose a stamped addressed postcard. If you would like to be informed if your submission is unsuccessful, or if you would like your submissions returned, you should enclose a stamped addressed envelope with sufficient postage. Submissions should be sent by 30 September 2013, in an A4 envelope, to:
7 University Gardens
University of Glasgow
Glasgow G12 8QH, UK
We are sorry but we cannot accept submissions by fax or e-mail.
Please be aware that we have limited space in each edition, and therefore shorter pieces are more suitable – although longer items of exceptional quality may still be included. A maximum length of 3,500 words is suggested. Please send no more than four poems, or prose work(s) to a maximum of 3,500 words in total. Successful contributors will be paid at a rate of £20 per published page.
Authors retain all rights to their work(s), and are free to submit and/or publish the same work(s) elsewhere after they appear in New Writing Scotland.
May 10, 2013
The meeting will take place at Arts Centre & Theatre, Aberdeen on Thursday 23rd May from 6pm – 8pm with registration from 5.40pm.
During the event there will be a time of formal business, some presentations about AB+ and from invited speakers as well as a time for networking and refreshments.
As part of the formal element of the programme I will be talking about some of the future plans for the organisation especially about how we are working with the 2017 UK City of Culture Bid team and also about a series of events we will be running from the autumn called “cultural conversations” where we want to look at some of the most important topics facing the sector. There will be an opportunity to give some input into the planning of these events during the networking sections.
Also during the A.G.M business we will be electing the board of AB+ for 2013/14. Any member can stand for the board and also for one of the office bearer roles. The board has a maximum number of 12 members and at the moment meets about every six weeks as well as some smaller project group meetings such as planning for the cultural conversations events.
We would welcome nominations to the board as a general member or as an officer (Chair, secretary or treasurer) as we are very keen that the organisation truly represents the breadth of the membership and has a cross section of cultural organisations, individuals and other interested parties represented.
If you would like to nominate yourself for the board can you please download & fill in this form or send the information in an email to our address –email@example.com by Tuesday 21st May at 5pm. If you have any questions about joining the board or the organisation then please email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
As well as the formal elements of the event we will be having some presentations from artists and speakers as well as opportunities to ask questions during the main event and the networking time.
We are also keen for people to use the occasion to promote their work so please bring leaflets, pictures and examples of work, as you wish and we will have some tables available in the café area for these to be displayed.
The A.G.M is also open to people who are not yet members of AB+ but are interested in the promotion and raising the profile of the creative and cultural industries in the North-east of Scotland. People are welcome from all parts of the community and the membership is not just limited to artists or people working in the industry. Please encourage people to attend and there will be an opportunity for them to sign up on the night. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please get in touch through the email Aberdeen.firstname.lastname@example.org our online site http://positiveaberdeen.wordpress.com. Please join, participate and share to help make AB+ a strong collective voice of the cultural sector in Aberdeen and the North-east.
May 10, 2013
Let’s Talk About… Cultural Tourism
Date: Monday 20th May 2013
Venue: Music Hall, Union Street, Aberdeen, Ab10 1OS
Time: 12.30pm – 4pm
We are pleased to welcome Nicola Kenny and Ros Lamont from The Audience Business in Edinburgh and consultant / facilitator Abigail Carney to talk to us about their experiences of increasing tourists and visitors engagement with cultural events.
Tickets in the City
Ros Lamont is Chief Executive of The Audience Business, and Nicola Kenny currently works as Project Manager for the Edinburgh Portal Project. They will share with us their experiences of setting up a world-first, city-wide ticketing portal, and talk about the challenges they faced in setting up, developing and putting the Portal into action. This is a great opportunity to hear about this project and to consider how this case study could inform our own approaches to ticketing for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
May 9, 2013
Design in Action Launch – The Smart Gallery, Aberdeen 15th May 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Design in Action is a Knowledge Exchange Hub funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Based within Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design at the University of Dundee, the project is closely-partnered with The Glasgow School of Art; Edinburgh College of Art University of Edinburgh, Gray’s School of Art Robert Gordon University and the Universities of St Andrews and Abertay Dundee. Our remit is to encourage and research Design-Led Business Innovation through a series of workshops, lectures and events. The project is officially launching the week beginning 13th May with events all over Scotland. The Aberdeen function will encompass the Design in Action theme of participation, innovation, fresh thinking and networking and will give attendees the opportunity to hear more about this exciting project whilst networking with representatives from industry, design and academia A finger buffet and refreshments will also be supplied.