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

Artist Opportunity

August 24, 2015

We are looking for a Visual Artist who will work with us to develop and deliver a series of workshops and creative engagements with community groups and schools, including Lochaber High School.

This role will go to someone who is socially engaged, self motivated and who, ideally, has some experience of delivering innovative projects and working with the wider community, specifically young people. This role may be suited to a recent graduate. Applications are welcome from artists who are comfortable working with a range of media, including digital software, photography, music and creative writing.

The appointed Artist will be supported by the wider Room 13 International team and will report to the team’s lead Artist in Residence in Lochaber. The appointed Artist will be self employed and must demonstrate that they have the right to work in the UK.

Hours and fee

The role is based on a 9 month contract, commencing on 1 October 2015 and ended on 30 June 2016. The Artist will be required to work approximately 21 hours per week.

Approx 12 hours of this will be spent working with Lochaber High School. The fee for this work will be £5,616, payable in 9 monthly instalments of £624.00. This equates to £13.00 per hour.

The other 9 hours per week will be spent working with the wider community. These hours will be worked in lieu of the artist’s use of accommodation, which will be provided free for the duration of the contract. Working times will be flexible.

Application process

In the first instance please visit our website http://room13international.org/opportunity-for-a-visual-artist/ to download a full brief or email us at admin@room13international.org

Artists are then asked to submit a CV, images of up to 6 examples of their artwork and 500 words on how they would approach this brief.

Application should be submitted via email to admin@room13international.org by 5.00pm on Friday 28th of August 2015.

You will be contacted by 11 September 2015 if you have been successful for interview. Interviews are most likely to take place during the week commencing 24 September 2015. The applicant’s success will be subject to clearance by Disclosure Scotland’s PVG membership scheme.

Location: Highland

For further information, please contact lara@room13international.org (lara@room13international.org), or call 07784677672,

The deadline is Friday 28 August 2015 at 09:00.

via Artist Opportunity.

Life with Art are looking to recruit art tutors for their new Charity Arts Centre in Dyce Aberdeen commencing early September 2015.

Approximatly 6 hours per week for a 6 week period (36 hours) and repeated every 3 months.

You will be working with local disability groups, overseeing art sessions with them, this will include a range of techniques and processes.

Interviews will be conducted as soon as possible.

Current PVG essential as well as experience of working with learning disabilities.

For further information please go to http://www.lifewithart.co.uk

Contact Mel White

LWA Regional Art Coordinator for Scotland

Email meemaaw@googlemail.com

Location: Aberdeen City

For further information, please contact meemaaw@googlemail.com (meemaaw@googlemail.com), or visit http://www.lifewithart.co.uk

The deadline is Tuesday 25 August 2015 at 17:00.

via Freelance Art Tutor.

New Children’s Marketing Competition: Open for Entries Now

As part of The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference, we’re launching a new competition to find the most inventive marketing and publicity campaigns in children’s and Young Adult publishing. We’re happy to announce that we’re officially open for entries now!

The judging panel will be looking for innovation, creativity and commercial awareness. The campaign can be for a children’s print or digital book, from board books to YA, fiction or non-fiction. The competition is also open to imprints, new platforms, or groups of books as well as new titles.

The Children’s Marketing Competition is open only to companies with delegates attending the Bookseller Children’s Conference at Milton Court, London. Delegates who have already signed up are eligible to enter. To book your conference tickets, visit the webpage now.

Winners will get the chance to present their campaign at the Children’s Conference on 29th September. They will also receive advertising spend with The Bookseller.

The overall winner will receive £2,000 to spend on print or digital advertising with The Bookseller. The two runners-up will each receive £1,500 ad spend. One of the runner-up prizes is reserved for a low or no-budget campaign. Low or no-budget campaigns are also eligible to win the overall prize.

The winner of the Audience Award, voted for at the conference, will receive £500 ad spend.

The marketing campaign must have gone live between 1st September 2014 and 1st August 2015. Publication dates are not taken into account. Companies may submit two campaigns each.
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday 16th September 2015. Entries received after this date will not be considered.

Location: England

For further information, please contact blake.brooks@thebookseller.com or visithttp://www.thebookseller.com/childrens2015

The deadline is Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 17:00.

via Creative Scotland : Children’s Publishing Marketing Competition.

Community Out of Bounds

Collaborate Residencies

Applications are now open for a series of month long residencies for individuals and groups to undertake a period of research, experimentation and collaboration.

Arts practitioners from across all artforms and individuals from non-arts industries that would like the opportunity to collaborate with an artist are invited to apply. The residencies provide individuals with the space and time to focus on idea generation, critical conversation, creative freedom and risk. We want to give visibility to work that challenges boundaries between disciplines and occupations. Groups of 2-15 people can apply. Individuals are eligible to apply to be paired with a new collaborator selected from other successful individual applicants.

Artists are asked to hold at least one event as part of their residency to share their work with the public but there is no requirement to produce final work. The Creative Learning Team will support the promotion of these events.

Successful applicants will be given access to a self-contained studio unit at Ruthrieston Community Centre, outdoor space and a budget of £400 per residency to develop their work and hold a public event.

Application Deadline: 18 August 2015 Midnight

Dates and Duration: Residencies will run for 4 weeks each between September 2015 and March 2016.

To apply for a Collaborate Residency, please send a proposal in PDF format containing the following:

• A proposal of no more than 500 words outlining what you would like to use the time and space for, why you would like to collaborate and who is involved. You can include samples of work to be explored in your proposal. File size should not exceed 5MB.

• Contact details of all individuals involved with a main point of contact identified.

• Preferred month/s of residency. (Please note while we will endeavour to allocate successful applications their preferred month, we cannot guarantee.)

Please send your application to Kelly Shankland via email or post:

Email: kshankland@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Post: Kelly Shankland

Creative Learning Team

Top Floor, Rosemount Learning Centre

Belgrave Terrace


AB25 2NS

Community Out of Bounds is a programme of activity happening in Aberdeen between Sept 2015 and June 2016 which explores different approaches to artists working collaboratively across community contexts.

Location: Aberdeen City

For further information, please contact kshankland@aberdeencity.gov.uk (Kelly Shankland), or call 01224 611161,

The deadline is Tuesday 18 August 2015 at 00:00.

via Community Out of Bounds: Collaborate Residencies.

Grays School of Art – Degree Show 2015!

via Dancing In The Dark – Creativity & Culture in Aberdeen & Beyond….: Grays School of Art – Degree Show 2015!.

The Friends of Aden Country Park wish to appoint an experienced artist with the relevant background to create a public art strategy for Aden Country Park.

The strategy will identify possible themes, locations, materials, and how best to introduce art interventions into “The Park” as well as identifying issues and possible barriers. The interventions should be relevant and sympathetic to The Park, extending the offer provided for visitors and enabling them to engage with the arts.

Aden Country Park is the property of and managed by Aberdeenshire Council, an important part of this contract will be to engage with all stake holders, it will be essential to make sure Council officers are fully informed and consulted.

The lead artist will familiarise themselves with The Park, the ecological environment it provides as well as its history and heritage. These factors should be integral to the strategy and will enable the artist to identify relevant themes for future developments. The lead artist will also develop concepts about how these themes may be delivered. This will include details of materials, costings, etc.

The lead artist will engage with the local community, of Mintlaw and surrounding villages to develop local support for the project and ensure our local community has input and feels a sense of ownership in this development.

The Public Art Project has two parts, the first is the development of the strategy and the second is the delivery of temporary interventions. This contract covers part one of the project but includes establishing an artists’ brief for part 2 of this project – the delivery of a range of temporary art installations in The Park. The lead artist could also take part in part two of the project.

The lead artist will report to Friends of Aden on a regular basis and present the strategy when completed.


•    Stage One will run from August 2015 and be completed by January 2016.  Community engagement is expected to take place August – October and to run in conjunction with an event in the Park which is scheduled for the end of September.

•    The Public Art Strategy should be completed and presented by the end of January 2016.

•    Stage Two will be delivered February – July 2016.

A fee of £4,000 has been allocated to cover Stage One. This sum includes all artist’s fees and expenses, including travel and accommodation, for research, consultation, collaboration, design, reports and presentations.

Tendering Procedure:

•   The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on Thursday 23 July 2015.

•   Short listed applicants will be invited to an interview in Maud, (Nr Mintlaw) on Friday 7 August 2015, with a view to making an immediate appointment.

For further information, guidance and instruction on how to apply please refer to the downloadable Public Art Brief – Aden Country Park and the Aberdeenshire Council Guidance for Public Art documents attached.

via Aden Country Park Public Art Opportunity.

The contract is for the provision of delivery of the SPECTRA, Aberdeen Festival of Light 2016. We are seeking an experienced provider to devise and deliver an aspirational and accessible programme of high quality original public artwork in the medium of light at the primary site of Union Terrace Gardens. Work will include projections, sculptural and installation work by local, national and international artists. The programme will make best use of the site and surrounding city centre spaces and reflect Aberdeen’s cultural and heritage strengths and sense of place, making best use of the city’s unique architecture and spaces.

CPV: 79952100, 79952000.

via View Notice – Public Contracts Scotland.

17/07/2015 – 07/08/2015


Workshops for Young People

We’re offering an exciting new programme of creative, artist led workshops for young people aged 14-19 years. Try something different, meet other young people and have fun.

Workshops will take place at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

All workshops are FREE!

Friday 17 July

The Nautical Look: fashion workshop with designer Monica Wisniewski.

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Friday 24 July

The Make Deck Mystery: join artist Natalie Kerr and members of our Young People’s Collective as they introduce you to the wonders of the museum.

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Friday 31 July

Photo Art: photography workshop with photographer Karen Catto and members of our Young People’s Collective.

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Friday 7 August

The Luck of the Dice: join designer Phil Thompson and discover how to use chance and luck to your creative advantage!

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via Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums | MAKE DECK.