The Co-op Local Community Fund is our way of giving back to our members and their communities.

Co-op members get 1% of everything they spend on Co-op products to give to a local cause that matters to them.

You can now apply to be one of these causes for the next round of funding, running from April to September 2017.

We’re looking for 3 projects in each of around 1,500 local communities across the UK. We’ll choose projects led by small, locally based organisations that:

  • benefit the local community centred around Co-op food stores and funeral homes
  • have the greatest possible benefit to their community
  • make maximum use of the amount of funding available


I’m sure you’ve heard it already but it’s important – digital learning is essential for the future generation.There are several ways to learn to code. However, making robots that actually respond to your code is arguably the most inspiring. Your child could be inspired to a future in robotics, game development or app creation.During this fun and interactive four session workshop, kids aged 9-14 will create a simple programmable robot using the LEGO Mindstorms kit. This robot will gradually become more complex as its functionality broadens with the addition of various sensors and motorised mechanisms. Programming will use the LEGO Mindstorms software.This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen STEM skills in the most exciting way. Participants gain a strong foundation in computational thinking. LEGO Mindstorms is a versatile system used in many schools around the world and is popular for the First LEGO League. Dates:Every Saturday from 14th January to 4th February2:45pm – 4:45pmWacky Bots is a Children’s University Learning Destination and this activity is endorsable on any Children’s University passport.LIMITED PLACES. Awesome sessions right here at the Aberdeen Science Centre.Sessions will only hold if minimum numbers are registered.

Source: Learn to Build & Program Robots with LEGO Mindstorms – Aberdeen Tickets, Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 2:45 PM | Eventbrite

Aberdeen City PB

December 15, 2016

U Decide is a new development linked to Locality Planning, to generate ideas and allocate funding in Aberdeen.  This approach is called Participatory Budgeting (PB) which directly involves local people in making decisions about how public money is spent in their community.PB was first introduced in Brazil in 1989 and its tools and principles are now used in many places across the world, including the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.PB aims to engage residents, community groups and representatives from all parts of the community to discuss priorities, make spending proposals that will benefit the community or solve a particular issue, and then to vote on them.

Source: Aberdeen City PB

Apply to join the What’s Your Story? Development Programme 2017! (Gàidhlig) Are you 14-17 years old, living in Scotland, and care about creative writing and illustration? Do you want to meet other teens interested in creative writing and illustration? Do you want to improve your own skills? Do you want to explore Scotland’s literary community? … Read more

Source: Apply for the What’s Your Story? Development Programme 2017 – What’s Your Story?

Stay up to date with jobs, opportunities and updates in the arts and creative industries in Aberdeen and beyond.

visit :  Creative Learning Mailing List

The Scottish Portrait Awards 2017

The Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone who is 17 by 1 October 2016 and who was born in Scotland, is resident in Scotland or studying in Scotland.*

The Scottish Portrait Award for Fine Art of £5,000 will be awarded for stunning portraits in any 2D or 3D medium. The Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography of £2,000, will be awarded to the most striking black and white photographic portrait.

The works of up to 60 finalists will be included in the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition and catalogue. A portrait commission worth £3,000 awarded to a fine art finalist by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

The winners of SPA awards will be presented with two years free membership of the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh. Read more about our Awards.

Open for entries from 5 January 2017 until 31 May 2017. Read more about how to enter the SPAs.

Source: Scottish Portrait Awards

Visual Artist Residency

Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council

Deadline: 15 November 2016 at 23:00

This Inspiration Point Residency is an opportunity for a visual artist to work alongside Creative Learning on Inspiration Point, a city-wide project and final event highlighting the range of creative opportunities and career pathways in the creative industries.

The aim is to give creative space and inspiration for experimentation, exploration and production for the artist’s own practice alongside a mentoring and/or shadowing opportunity of tutoring and workshop delivery.

The successful applicant will be given the following:
• Access to a studio space in Aberdeen city centre for the duration of the residency
• Shadowing opportunities for art workshops running through Creative Learning’s Make Your Mark programme of art workshops.
• Opportunity to utilise specialist equipment i.e. kilns and jewellery making tools
• Publicity and promotion through the Inspiration Point project and event – Recognition as being an integral part of an inaugural city wide creative project and end event.
• Support from Creative Learning to create and deliver a workshop as part of Inspiration Point
• Exhibition space/open studio opportunity to showcase artists own practice
• Networking and collaboration opportunities

The successful applicant is expected to:
• Devise and deliver pop up workshop/s in line with Inspiration Point aims
• Maintain regular contact with Creative Learning Project Coordinator
• Offer an open studio session at a mutually agreed time
• Document the residency for publicity, promotion and evaluation purposes
• Act as an ambassador for creativity in Aberdeen and the Inspiration Point project

Dates and duration of residency: 5 weeks; 1 – 22 December 2016 and 9 – 22 January 2017

Final Inspiration Point event dates: 17 – 18 February 2017

Eligibility: Practicing visual artists

Location: Aberdeen

Artists Award fee: £1500

Completed applications should preferably be submitted via email to, or alternatively can be mailed to: Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council, Top Floor, Rosemount Community Centre, Belgrave Terrace, Aberdeen AB25 2NS

Application link:

Location: Aberdeen City

For further information, please contact, or visit

The deadline is Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 23:00.

SPECTRA, in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council and Curated Place, are looking to commission a photographer for our 2017 event.

Our international light festival features works of art by a range of local, national and international artists centred in 4 main city centre sites in Aberdeen. This signature festival is now in its fourth year and serves to showcase the city’s cultural status to the rest of the world.

We are looking for a professional photographer with significant experience of taking photos in low-light or at night, documenting public events, and producing high quality work for print and online platforms.


Primarily we are looking for 35 royalty free images of the event as follows:

  • The event as a whole (specifically showing the scale of the event)
  • Group shots – in general and at individual installations
  • Individual installations
  • Interactive activities
  • Community engagement projects
  • School engagement projects
  • Hero shots
  • Landmarks of Aberdeen included in the event

Whilst we will require stock images for future marketing use, the successful photographer is encouraged to seek out unique and creative opportunities to capture the relevant imagery too.

All applications must be received via Public Contract Scotland by 12 noon on Monday November 21st 2016.  If you wish to bid for this commission you must register as a supplier on Public Contract Scotland (super straightforward to do this) and then drop us an email to to let us know you have registered.  We will then send you on the quick quote link to allow you to submit an application.

A call to all professional creatives in the North East of Scotland

Image/Object is being set up to explore the possibility of having an event for professional creative practitioners in the North East of Scotland to showcase their work & creative spaces.

We will be holding a night of conversation at Transition Extreme on the 7th of November 2016 from 7-8pm in order to garner ideas & input from the professional creative community of the North East to see if there is indeed a desire or a need for an event where professionals can showcase their work & places of work.

We are aiming this conversation at anyone “being creative” as a professional practice – this could be Computer Programmers, Artists, Makers, Designers and more. If your main income is derived from your creative practice, this might be for you!

If you would like to attend the event, please drop us an email at or you can also submit feedback & comments via our survey :

We also have a faceBook page for discussion & “live” information.

Please pass this email on to anyone you think might be interested in this discussion. We hope to see you on the 7th of November at TX.

Source: Image/Object – Do we need a professional’s event?



At the Northern Arts Club 8, Bon-Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6DJ
2.00-4.00pm on Saturday the 5th of November 2016.

These are exciting times. Join us to establish a collaborative relationship with the new Aberdeen Art Gallery for the founding exhibition in 2018. The Society seeks new members, students and volunteers to serve on their council, contributing skills and energy.

Working together we can enrich the creativity of Aberdeen Artists’ Society open exhibition in 2019.

Our aim to establish an event of national and international standing and make this contemporary exhibition one of the most important in Scotland’s cultural calendar.

Student membership available – check website.

Source: Aberdeen Artists Society