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


AB+ News | AGM

May 11, 2016

Our AGM is set for Monday 16th May at ACT Aberdeen, King Street – starting at 6.30pm(refreshments available from 6pm) – and we are looking for new committee members!  Come to the meeting, see what we are about, and get on board.  If you are interested in standing for the committee please drop an email  to Stewart Aiken at aberdeen.positive@gmail.com.
The AGM will be followed by a Who, What, When, Where & Why? Networking Event (7pm start)with a guest presentation from Marc Cole – City Centre Director, Aberdeen City Council.  Part of Marc’s role is to manage the delivery of the city centre development work – come along to hear what he has to say and get networking…
We are looking for people to present at the Who, What, When, Where and Why? events, presentations can take any format and must be no more than 5 minutes long -Come and tell us…..WHO you are…..WHAT you do…..WHEN & WHERE you are doing it…..and WHY you are presenting….are you looking for help, support, partners or all of the above…


Dates for your Diary
Monday 30th May – Last Monday of the Month Meet at Belmont Cinema from 6pm
Tuesday 31st MayGreen Tease Event (click for more info)
Mayfest programme and bookings – (click for link)

Join us for a celebration of culture in Aberdeen. Featuring:     Write a letter to Aberdeen, its people and its culture. What do you love about Aberdeen? Share your Aberdeen Story.   20 guests from across Aberdeen building a picture of a vibrant city. Discover a snapshot of Aberdeen’s arts and culture. Each speaker will have 3 minutes and 3 slides to present what ‘culture’ means to them.     Ever wanted to try out something different in the city, gaining a new appreciation for local culture? Grab a card and let it be your guide to new experiences.   Local Food provided by Parx Café Drinks provided by Six Degrees North and a Music Workshop provided by the Red Note Ensemble Event Programme   6:00pm | Doors Open // Dearest Aberdeen // The Aberdeen Experience // Culture Mapping Exercise // Drinks supplied by Six Degrees North 6:15pm | Music Workshop with the Red Note Ensemble 7:00pm | Tastes of Aberdeen (Part 1) 7:30pm | Break // Canapés supplied by Parx Café 7:45pm | Tastes of Aberdeen (Part 2) 8:15pm | Music provided by the Red Note Ensemble 8:25pm | Dearest Aberdeen // The Aberdeen Experience // Culture Mapping Exercise 8:55pm | Doors Close // Words of Thanks   Speakers:   Ada Chrys-Chikere (Nigerian Women Association) Charley Buchan (Fitlike Records) Suk-Jun Kim (SonADA) Lesley Anne Rose (Aberdeen Performing Arts) Shane Strachan (local writer) Christine Rew (Manager of Museum and Galleries) Jen Clarke (Doctoral Candidate in Social Anthropology at Aberdeen University) Jon Reid (blogger for Mood of Collapse) Katie Buchan (Best Girl Athlete) Ken Skeldon (Head of Public Engagement with Research) Richard Tinto (Tinto Architecture; Culture Aberdeen’s Citizens Circle) Simon Gall (Musician) Peter Reid (Professor of Information Management) Stewart Aitken (Aberdeen Youth International Festival) Hayley Durward (Citymoves Dance) Chris O’Neil (Head of Gray’s School of Art) Helen Lynch (writer and musician) Hilal Bugali (PhD student)

Source: Taste of Culture in Aberdeen | Culture Aberdeen Tickets, Aberdeen | Eventbrite

GEIST is a choreographic project initiated by choreographer Colette Sadler in collaboration with German set designer and artist Philine Rinnert. Encompassing two new creations for both theatre and gallery space these works look at the space between dance, performance and the visual arts.

The first in this series of works GEIST – Notebook Series will be presented at Peacock Visual Arts this Thursday, 28th May.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased in advance from Peacock Visual Arts, or by calling 01224 639539. They will also be available on the door.

via GEIST – Notebook Series Performance, Thursday 28th May.

Update on ABpositive AGM and Networking Night

Wednesday 20th May

at The Suttie Arts Space – (within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary),  Forresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN.

Enter through the main hospital  entrance and as you pass the Aroma Café you’ll see signs pointing along the glazed corridor to the Pink Zone.

The Arts Space is on the right before you get to the Zone.

AGM from 6.30pm – 7.00pm

ABpositive’s AGM is the opportunity for members to hear about what has been happening over the past year and the plans going forward. We have one nomination so far for the board and we need at least two more so we have as wide a representation of the cultural community as possible. Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for the board (3 spaces available) please email the chair of ABpositive Stewart Aitken stewart@aiyf.org

Who, What, When, Where & Why Netwoking night

Registration is straight after the AGM at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start finishing about 9.00pm

We have a full house of presenters waiting in the wings to share their thoughts, ideas, work and also opportunities for collaboration so please come along and hear some interesting presentations.

Everything from literature to events, exhibitions to art therapy as well as how to get involved in shaping the future direction of ABpositive. Presenters include Alison Chandler (ACVO) Iain Halkett (Aberdeen Artists), Freda Morrison (Pushing out the Boat) Jen Shaw (Uni of Aberdeen), Artists Stephanie Vandem, Rachel Grant and Anita Bell on their different exhibitions and work along with contributions Yvonne Billimore (Scottish Sculpture Studio) and also Deveron Arts, ABpositive and Suttie Arts Space.

However if you have something burning to say and share we could probably squeeze one or two more people in so please let us know if you’d like to. Otherwise please support the presenters and come and enjoy the chance to chat, see the exhibition in the Arts Space. This event is hosted in partnership with the team from Grampian Health Arts Trust (GHAT) and there will be a chance to view the Aberdeen Artists exhibition in the gallery.

If you fancy presenting or coming along to the event then please RSVP to: aberdeen.positive@gmail.com as soon as possible so we can have enough refreshments available.

Both events that follows is for anyone interested in culture in the North East and ABpositive welcomes new members all year round – it is free to join our mailing list and to attend our events.

via ABpositive AGM and Who, What, When, Where and Why Networking Night.

June – September Brochure

Available Now!


We’re delighted to share with you our June-September brochure.  

Just click here to start looking through the pdf. We have some really exciting upcoming shows, including Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Liz Lochhead and Steve Kettley and the launch of our Curious season – a partnership between the Barn, sound, NEAT and Buchanan Food – as well as some cracking film seasons, and workshops.

Bookings are available online or through the Box Office on 01330 825431. We hope you find something exciting to catch your eye!

To allow us to open on a Saturday, please note that from June the Box Office will be open Tuesday to Saturday12pm-4pm.  You can still buy tickets online 24/7.

Happy browsing!

the Woodend Barn Team

Exciting times ahead for Dee n’ Do, we have a new product we’re about to launch – A comprehensive map of the North East of Scotland!!! It’s a handy pocket sized map that folds out to A2 size (60cm x 40cm) and lists all the Castles, Historic Houses, Distilleries, Ancient Sites, Breweries, Galleries, and Antique Shops in the area, as well as a selection of Walking and Bike Trails. 2,000 copies will be printed and distributing throughout Aberdeenshire, RRP is around £3.50, and they will be available in a wide variety of establishments over a six month period. We have advertising rates starting at £82 + VAT, which combines an advert on the back with a corresponding pin on the map. Drop us an email at maps@deendo.com for more information.

via Timeline Photos – Dee n’ Do Magazine.

Beyond Perception 15

April 19, 2015

Beyond Perception 15

University of Aberdeen

Deadline: 01 June 2015 at 12:00

The University of Aberdeen warmly invites you to submit artistic proposals to the

multidisciplinary symposium Beyond Perception 15, to be held in Aberdeen from 1

September until 4 September 2015. The symposium, aptly titled Beyond Perception

15, addresses the anthropologist Tim Ingold’s work over the last fifteen years, since

the publication of his prominent book The Perception of the Environment in 2000. The

symposium will cover five main themes, including i) Humans, Animals, Environment; ii)

Sensibilities Beyond Science; iii) Experiment, Experience, Education; iv) Creativity,

Correspondence, and Description; v) Movement, Becomings, and Growth. As a

innovative interdisciplinary event that brings together anthropologists, architects, and

social sciences with dancers, visual artists and filmmakers we want to give as much

prominence to the non-textual and creative as possible. With this in mind we are

seeking proposals for non-textual work that offers something to the conversation and

dialogue that our conference themes touch upon.

2D and 3D work would be welcome, as well as auditory, visual and performative

pieces. There will be space available to exhibit both inside the conference venue and

outside. Please get in touch with the Beyond Perception team

(beyond.perception15@abdn.ac.uk) if you wish to submit a proposal. Each proposal

should contain a title and description of the work (maximum length 250 words), a

current CV, and up to six images of the work to be shown, as well as any specific

installation (spatial, technical) requirements that you may have. Deadline for proposals

is June 1st 2015.

Location: Aberdeenshire

For further information, please contact beyond.perception15@abdn.ac.uk (Elizabeth A. Hodson), or visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/socsci/disciplines/anthropology/beyond-perception.php

The deadline is Monday 01 June 2015 at 12:00.

via Beyond Perception 15.

Board Member – Creative Scotland


Creative Scotland is the public body responsible for supporting the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. We also influence attitudes, behaviours and policies that help creative people  to thrive. Our goal is to unlock potential and embrace ambition throughout Scotland’s creative community.


We are looking for new members to join our Board – the group responsible for overseeing and challenging the work we do. You do not need previous experience of serving on a board. With professional experience in Scotland’s creative sector, your insight could make you an ideal candidate. We particularly need people who will bring to the Board a practical knowledge of the creative sector  in Scotland, with an understanding of how Scottish arts can progress internationally. We are also looking for people with a particular knowledge or understanding of ethnic minority communities, as this will help us ensure our work reflects a diverse nation.


In addition to passion for the arts, we expect you to demonstrate a range of personal qualities and skills. A collaborative individual with excellent listening and communication skills, you have the confidence to challenge and debate proposals and issues in a constructive way. Comfortable considering the ‘big picture’ and thinking long-term, you are also able to balance various considerations and make informed decisions.


In the interests of achieving a balanced and representative Board  applications are particularly welcome  from people currently under represented on Scotland’s public bodies such as women,  disabled people and people aged under 50.

Scottish Government – Public Appointments.

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 vibrantaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk 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.