Made in Aberdeen 2015

April 3, 2015

Aberdeen City Council is committed to supporting the development of arts and culture in the city. The concept of ‘Made in Aberdeen’ is tied to the recognition that the city is home to a wealth of creative and artistic talent but that both the support and profile of this needs developed. The ‘Made in Aberdeen’ initiative aim to both increase the support for, and profile of, this talent; It is about having confidence in the city’s creative individuals, about nurturing and supporting our talent and finding new ways of showcasing it to a much wider local, national and international audience.

Made in Aberdeen includes the following support initiatives:

Artists’ Bursaries

Artists’ Commissions

Emerging Talent Prize

Made In Aberdeen Films

Artists’ Bursaries – Open for  Application

Five awards of up to £2,000  available to artists working in any art form, to support create, develop and/or present new work , participate in development opportunities such as residencies or training courses, facilitate new collaborations to support artistic development and experimentation.

Guidelines and applications are available for download below or alternatively can be requested by emailing or calling (01224) 522341.

The deadline for applications will be midnight Thursday 30th April 2015.

Made in Aberdeen Artists’ Bursaries Guidelines 2015

Made In Aberdeen Artists’ Bursaries Application Form


Last year’s supported artists included dancer and choreographer Katie Milroy, performer Lesley-Ann Hastie, designer Mhairi McDowell, musician Frauke Jurgensen and musician and composer Simon Gall. Simon who received support to develop a new North East influenced music project ‘Clype’ said of the award,

“The Made in Aberdeen bursary brought this project into existence. I had had an initial seed idea for a while but had no financial resources to develop it so it never grew into anything.

It (the award) enabled me to get the sound I was looking for through enlisting the musical services of the wonderful Jonny Hardie. It also meant that I could take my time in the studio to focus on creating quality music rather taking shortcuts”



Artists’ Commissions

Information on the commissioning process coming soon.

Emerging Talent Prize

The Emerging Talent Prize was established in 2013 and aspires to recognise, celebrate and support emerging local cultural and creative talent. The Prize comes with a commission up to the value of £5000 to create and present a new piece of work in any art form and, for those who are nominated, a professional development bursary of £1000. The winner of the 2013 Emerging Talent Prize was Visual Artist Amber Robertson.

Information on the 2014 will be available later in the year.


Made in Aberdeen Emerging Talent Prize winner Amber Robertson with Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council

Made In Aberdeen Films

A series of short documentaries, highlighting some of the many talented artists and creative facilitators currently working in Aberdeen. These films created by University of Aberdeen students, will be shown alongside future feature film presentations at the Belmont Picturehouse, raising awareness of both the artists and cultural vibrancy of the city. Made in Aberdeen films have been produced by the Belmont Picturehouse in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen City Council. To watch the films, visit the Made in Aberdeen Films site.


Who we Support

For information regarding individual award allocations supported by Aberdeen City Council’s 2014 Cultural investment programmes; Made in Aberdeen Artists Bursaries, Diamond Jubilee Commonwealth Travel Bursary and the Aberdeen Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards (in partnership with Creative Scotland), please click here.

via Made in Aberdeen.


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