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 Zmalleysmith@aberdeencity.gov.uk 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 :io.imageobject@gmail.com or you can also submit feedback & comments via our survey : https://goo.gl/forms/5SjtLfq5leR2bJB03

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

Widely considered to be the first full-length animated feature in the history of cinema,The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a beautifully crafted piece of storytelling based loosely on the Arabian Nights. The film is an exciting tale of sword fights, genies and adventure told using a silhouette animation technique pioneered by director Lotte Reiniger.

Filmhouse have commissioned acoustic trio Sink to bring their live sounds to this very special animated feature as part of a Scotland-wide tour. Reaching beyond their usual instrumentation of violin, accordion and saxophone to create a score that is in part conjured, Sink set the quiet air into magical vibration.

Part of CineScore Live, a touring season of live music and film events supported by Film Hub Scotland.


Sunday 19th June 2016

Following on from the Art in Aden public consultation and the production of a Public Art Strategy for Aden Country Park we are delighted to launch the project with the Midsummer Arts Festival on Sunday 19th June between 11am and 4pm.

The Midsummer Arts Festival will offer a range of activities for all ages including an opportunity to see the art work of the six commissioned artists who are exploring the theme of Secrets, Stories and Mysteries.

The six temporary art installations will take many shapes, forms and mediums (including a 10 feet tall midsummer badger puppet!) and will all relate to Aden Country Park in some way. Each artists work will be sited in Aden Country Park, forming an arts trail which visitors are encouraged to explore.

Commissioned professional artists include Allan Watson, Carla Angus, Gordon Burnett, Jenny Johnstone, Kate Robinson and Ken Cockburn.

Artwork will include a 10 foot badger, a poetry walk, sand painting, an opportunity to scrabble wi Doric, a trail of welcome shelters and a larger than life brobdingnagian gate. Some of the artists will also be providing hands on activity, so come along and get involved.

In addition the onsite Aberdeenshire Farming Museum is also officially launching its new temporary museum exhibition as part of the Midsummer Arts Festival. The exhibition aims to explore what visitors think and feel about the farming heritage of the North East of Scotland.

Other activities will include bird box making, country fair stalls, free drop in craft activities, face painting and Tam O Shunter train rides.

The event also ties in with the second Music at Aden performance. Following on from the hugely successful Aberden Sinfionetta String Quartet Richard Ingham is to provide a free Masterclass & Recital. To ensure your seat please reserve your tickets in advance. For further information please visit the Richard Ingham event page.

For further information on the Aden Public Art Strategy please visit the Friends of Aden webpage.

For further information about the Aden Public Art Project please visit the Aden Public Art Project link.

The Midsummer Arts Festival event is brought to you through partnership working between the Friends of Aden, Buchan Development Partnership (BDP) and Aberdeenshire Council.

The development of the Aden Country Park Public Art Strategy and temporary Public Art Trail has been made possible through the funding support from the Aberdeenshire Council’s Public Art Scheme.

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Times: 11am – 4pm

Suitable for: All ages Welcome

Meeting point: Courtyard area in front of the Aberdeenshire Farming Museum

Booking required: No

Charge: Free Event

Contact: Email Aden Development Worker on: adencountrypark@gmail.com or Tel: 01771 613584

Source: Midsummer Arts Festival

Deadline: 24 June 2016 at 17:00Look & Learn will support emerging artists and young creatives from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to realise their ideas and create new work in the North East through a programme of practical training and mentoring. This project is a partnership between the Creative Learning Team, SMART and Robert Gordon University’s LOOK AGAIN Visual Art & Design Festival is funded by Youth Arts Collective North East and Aberdeen City Council. We invite applications from emerging artists and designers, who wish to build on their creative practice and develop facilitation and coaching skills with support from inspiring experienced lead practitioners. These emerging artists and designers will develop and lead on aspects of a micro–residency programme for aspiring younger creatives (ages 16-19 years) through the following stages:- Research, develop and produce new works, collectively and individually, inspired by Aberdeen’s city archive- Devise and lead on a creative skills programme for ten aspiring younger creatives in Aberdeen, with support from the experienced Lead Artist and Designer- Support those ten aspiring younger creatives to gain facilitation skills to pass on their creative skills through art workshops in relevant youth settings- ‘Sharing the Learning’ –present a range of creative work produced during the programme in collaboration with the younger creatives Skills and experience required: – Ambitious, high-quality contemporary creative practice – Ability to research source material and apply this in a creative and contemporary way – Ability to work collaboratively at planning and production stages- An imaginative and flexible approach – Experience of, or interest in working with young people in creative or other relevant youth settings- Ability to reflect and review, tailoring the programme to identified needs- Presentation skills, be able to communicate to a high standardFreelance fee for the project is £1,500 including expenses (around 10 days project delivery Aug–Nov 2016).Please apply in writing with the following information: – Personal Statement (max 1,000 words) detailing your interest in and suitability for the role- CV (2 sides max ) – Supporting documentation of previous work (total files must not exceed 5Mb)Send your application to mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk with the subject heading Emerging Artist or Emerging Designer. Interviews will be held in Aberdeen on 20 JulyLocation: Aberdeen City, AberdeenshireFor further information, please contact mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk (mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk), or call 01224 611161,The deadline is Friday 24 June 2016 at 17:00.

Source: Emerging Artists & Designers Programme (4 Roles)

Deadline: 17 June 2016 at 17:00

Look & Learn will support emerging artists and young creatives to realise their ideas and create new work in the North East through mentoring, practical training and residencies. This partnership between the Creative Learning Team, SMART and Robert Gordon University’s LOOK AGAIN Visual Art & Design Festival is funded by Youth Arts Collective North East and Aberdeen City Council.

We invite applications from creative practitioners to develop and lead the programme through the following stages:
-Research, develop and produce new collaborative works inspired by the City’s archives, these works will inform the whole project
-Devise and deliver a practical mentoring programme in the form of a residency for four Associate Artists aged up to 25 years. The Associate Artists will go on to coach a further ten aspiring young creatives
-Oversee the development and delivery by the Associate Artists of 10 micro-residencies for aspiring young creatives to create a body of work and pass on their skills through youth workshops
-‘Sharing the Learning’ – curate a range of outputs from the project in a creative and informative way

Skills and experience required:
-Inspirational, high-quality artistic and contemporary practice (visual art/design)
-Ability to research source material (the archive) and apply this in a creative and contemporary way
-Ability to work collaboratively at planning and production stages
-An imaginative and flexible approach
-Experience of working with emerging artists and young people and ability to tailor the programme to identified needs
-Track record of leading high profile projects and working within a set budget and timescale
-Presentation skills to showcase project outcomes to a high standard

The freelance fee for the project is £3,000 including expenses (around 12 days project delivery Aug–Nov 2016). There is a materials/production budget of £5,000 available, as well as the opportunity to exhibit at the Look Again Festival 2017.

Please apply in writing with the following information:
– Personal Statement (max 1,000 words) detailing your interest in and suitability for the role, referring to the required skills and experience
– CV (maximum 2 sides)
– Supporting documentation of previous work (files must not exceed 5Mb)

Send your application to mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk with the subject heading Lead Artist Application or Lead Designer Application. Interviews will be held in Aberdeen on 29 June

Location: Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire

For further information, please contact mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk (Mandy Clarke), or call 01224 611161 ,

The deadline is Friday 17 June 2016 at 17:00.

via Creative Scotland 

It is with the greatest sadness and shock that we must confirm the news that our dear husband, dad and granddad died suddenly on Thursday 2nd June 2016. Stuart had spent the early evening upbeat at a WASPS board meeting with colleagues. On his way to meet a friend Stuart suffered from a massive heart attack and despite their incredible efforts the medical team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary were unable to resuscitate him.

Throughout his life, Stuart was a passionate art educationalist and this brought the family to Glasgow where he became Senior Art & Design Educational Advisor with Strathclyde Regional Council.

Stuart was known to many as the founding and hugely successful Director of The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, an organisation that flourished under his influential leadership from 1998- 2006. For the next three years he was Head of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen until retirement, and followed this role as Emeritus Professor of Creative Industries at The Robert Gordon University…


Director of Exhibitions

Salary: c. £50,000, according to experience.
Reporting to: Director, V&A Dundee

The Director of Exhibitions will play a key role in the realisation of V&A Dundee and our future success, delivering a public programme that excites and inspires audiences. As a department head, the post-holder will have two principal responsibilities: to lead the development, planning and implementation of the temporary exhibitions programme (comprising touring exhibitions from the V&A in London, as well as exhibitions generated by V&A Dundee itself); and to lead the realisation and future renewal of the permanent Scottish Design Galleries.

The Director of Exhibitions will have expertise in design (leading our research plan), as well as outstanding project management experience. This is a demanding and highly rewarding position that will play a vital part in the founding of a new institution.

Deadline for applications: no later than 9.00 am, Friday, 1 July 2016.

V&A Museum of Design Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

For further information, including how to apply, please click here.

Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) is a vibrant cultural hub for the North East of Scotland, inspiring, exploring and engaging through live performance and creative projects in our three distinctive city centre venues – His Majesty’s Theatre, the Music Hall and The Lemon Tree.

We are seeking an ambitious and creative 16-25 year old to work alongside our Associate Artists as part of the ‘Stepping Out’ community engagement project attached to the redevelopment of Aberdeen’s Music Hall. The candidate will support the work done by the Associate Artists whilst being mentored as part of their own career development.

There is one fixed term, freelance contract available for an emerging artist with experience and an interest in music and sound production.

To request more information and a full description of the requirements of the positions and the fees involved please emailcreativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter of no more than one side of A4 which explains why you are applying and what makes you a suitable candidate, to creativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com

Deadline: Monday 13 June, 5pm