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

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THE ABERDEEN ARTISTS’ SOCIETY

INVITES ALL ARTISTS, FRIENDS & MEMBERS TO THE AGM.

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

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: 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 

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

http://www.aberdeenguarantees.com/work/vacancies/aberdeen-performing-arts-vacancies

Download the 2016 May Festival programme here!

Tickets on sale now. Follow the booking links in each event
or call 01224 641122 to book.

 

University of Aberdeen May Festival

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…

COME ALONG…..NOMINATE YOURSELF…..SPREAD THE WORD

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)

Creative Ageing Aberdeen Showcase Wednesday 30 March 2016 Aberdeen Beach Ballroom 9.30am – 3.00pm

Are you are an older person? Do you care for an older person?

Do you deliver services for older people? Do you want to find out more?

If you have answered YES to any of the above this event is for you.

“In June 2014, an estimated 34,261 people in Aberdeen City were aged 65 years or older, representing 15% of the city’s total population. Over the next twenty-five years the number of people aged 65+ is projected to rise considerably – and at a much higher rate than the population as a whole. By 2037, it is projected that over 51,500 people (17.8% of Aberdeen’s total population) will be aged 65 years or over.”

Aberdeen City Council Briefing Paper 2015/10 Population of Older People In Aberdeen

An opportunity to connect, explore and discover great services and activities in Aberdeen.

Refreshments will be served throughout the day.

For More Information contact Aberdeen Creative Learning Team 01224 611160

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

New EP from Nicky Aiken – “I Think About You”

The New 4 track EP Will be available to download from all major online stores on August the 21st 2015.

 

Track List:

Tear Across The Page

I Think About You

ALIVE!

Learn

 

All Songs were written, Recorded, Produced by Nicky Aiken

All Instruments played by Nicky Aiken

 

The EP launch party will take place in Brewdog Bar Aberdeen on the 27th of August. This will be a stripped down intimate gig where all the songs will be played from both this EP & his last EP “View From The Top Floor”. Later this year Nicky Plans to tour Scotland & North England, exclusively for all Brewdog bars.

Nicky Also fronts the Blues Rock Band “Strange Skies” Who have also recently released a new EP called “Better Games”. They will Tour at the end of 2015 and early 2016.

Nicky Has Supported to date: Turing Brakes, Proud Mary, Pearl & the Puppets, Skint & Demoralised, Josephine, AMWWF (Anderson McGinty Webber ward & Fisher), The New Medicants (Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake), Beans on Toast, Nizlopoli, Mark Morris (Bluetones).

via Nicky Aiken.