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)
May 27, 2015
May 28th – 18:30–20:00
Books and Beans
22 Belmont Street, AB101JH Aberdeen
Poetry at Books and Beans presents a feast of poems with music, featuring Sheena Blackhall, Haworth Hodgkinson, Colin Edwards, Louise Counsell and Olivia McMahon. Open mic as usual.
via If music be the food of poetry….
Join some of Aberdeen’s most inspired minds for an evening of short talks as part of the University of Aberdeen May Festival 2015!
PechaKucha means ‘chitchat’ in Japanese and the format was created by two architects who were fed up with lengthy presentations. PechaKucha runs in over 650 countries around the world – let’s get Aberdeen in the mix. PechaKucha nights bring together art, design, research and fresh ideas.
This page will be updated with speaker details as we get closer to the event. If you are interested in speaking at a PechaKucha Aberdeen please get in touch via the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org !
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
(email@example.com) 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.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (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.
April 13, 2015
Come along to Creative Aberdeen Meet and meet other creative people who work and study in the vibrant creative community in Aberdeen.
Enjoy a bit of chat and some craft beers in a chilled atmosphere at 6d North. Perfect to meet other like minded creative people and get those creative juices flowing!
Free entry but if you’d like to come please sign up for a ticket so I can let the bar know how many people are coming along.
Looking forward to meeting you all there!
Meet Your Maker: Look Inside at Aberdeen’s Look Again Festival
Artist group Look Inside will be hosting a Meet Your Maker event during Aberdeen’s inaugural Look Again Festival. Four makers from a variety of disciplines will give a rare, behind-the-scenes look at their craft work, teaching visitors about their inspiration, practices and profession.
Look Again is a new visual art and design festival for the North East of Scotland, delivered by a partnership between local art agency SMART and Robert Gordon University. Building on the highly successful RGU LOOK festival, Look Again is a five-day celebration of visual art and design, of culture and creativity and a programme of creative events to engage the wider community of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.
During Aberdeen’s inaugural Look Again festival, running from Wednesday 08 to Sunday 12 April 2015, artist group Look Inside will host a Meet Your Maker event to coincide with their pop-up design shop. The group is made up of illustrator, jeweller and textile artist Gabrielle Reith; ceramicist Mags Gray; and jewellers Aubin Stewart and Anne Marquiss.
The pop-up shop will be housed in the former Robert Gordon University Student Union, on Schoolhill in Aberdeen. The collective will customise this space into a shop to display the makers’ products and some additional works by invited North East designers.
There will be workstations where visitors can see behind the scenes of the makers’ work; they will be showing and demonstrating their design and making processes over four days during the festival, engaging in meaningful discussions about their work.
March 30, 2015
‘Meet the makers, see the skill, and discover the creativity’
Meet Your Maker 2015 is a national, year-round celebration of Scottish craft making. Makers from a variety of disciplines will give a rare behind the scenes look at their craft work.
Meet the makers and learn about their inspiration, practices and profession. See the design, process and techniques behind their craft. Discover their creativity, skill and dedication.
Meet the makers from Look Inside and learn more about Ceramics, Jewellery and Illustration.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11am & 2pm
**Drop – in session // Admission Free // Tickets not required**
February 24, 2015
Our events or going from strength to strength and we are so pleased to see the range of artists and organisations getting involved with AB+. From all of us it’s a big THANK YOU.
Thanks to all who attended our event on Tuesday and made it such a success. With a range of fantastic speakers taking to the floor, the event highlighted the diverse range of cultural activity happening in Aberdeen and it was great to see all attendees networking and making contacts at the end of the evening.
With special thanks going to Natalie Kerr at RGU for hosting the event at Riverside East, which was a fantastic space. Check out our twitter @ABPoz as we live tweeted straight from the event.
Calling All Artists!
Keeping on the theme of success a new Art Project will be coming to Aberdeen this May (Which started from connections made at one of our networking events)
On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, SMART invite you to apply to be part of ‘Mark Making’, an exhibition of contemporary art, to be held at SMART’s city centre exhibition venue at Union Square, off Market Street, in a loft style unit overlooking Aberdeen Harbour.
This is an open brief to all creative practitioners working across all art forms and there is space within the venue to exhibit large 3D and sculptural works. We also have eight display cases to showcase jewellery and smaller 3D works.
For more information on submissions please see
Good News- Funding Boost for Aberdeen Festivals
We are thrilled to report that VisitScotland has given £25,000 for a new international marketing campaign to promote Aberdeen’s broad range of festivals.
The campaign will aim to align Aberdeen’s festivals, which include everything from music and the visual arts to science and dance, with the city’s rich array of food and drink and its accommodation.
This is fantastic news and will promote Aberdeen’s cultural scene on a wider international scale, boosting not only the cultural status of Aberdeen but also will have major benefits to the tourism industry as a whole.
To find out more about all of the up and coming festivals see
One Act Play Festival 2015 is on Thursday 26 February at Act Aberdeen. Eight amateur drama teams from the City and Shire are poised to entertain you with plays of a serious nature to comedy. Each play will last 20 minutes minimum to 50 minutes maximum. This is a fantastic way to support our local talent in the region and see some of the areas up and coming theatre stars.
To book tickets
Reminder of our next event-
Our next event is Culture in the North East: Life After The Referendum will be a lunchtime event on Thursday 5 March. Please keep a look out on our twitter ABPoz for details, or sign up to our mailing list here.
We hope you all have a great, culture packed week.
The AB+ team.
The Art History Seminar | Events | The School of Divinity, History and Philosophy | The University of Aberdeen
February 24, 2015
The Art History Seminar
04 March 2015, 16:15 – 17:30
Speaker: Dr Amy Bryzgel
For this term’s third meeting of the Art History Seminar, jointly sponsored with Film Studies and Visual Culture, and the Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History, Dr Amy Bryzgel (Aberdeen) will give a paper entitled “Eastern European Performance Art and the Northeast of Scotland: Pioneering Artists, Surprising Connections.”
The Northeast of Scotland has surprising connections with contemporary performance artists from Eastern Europe. This talk will discuss some of the pioneers of performance art who came to Scotland from Eastern Europe in the 1970s, such as Marina Abramovic (Yugoslavia) and Paul Neagu (Romania), and examine the legacy of their work. A point of focus will be the work of Serbian-born Tanja Ostojic, who will be in Aberdeen later this year. Ever since her ground-breaking work, Looking for a Husband with an EU Passport (2000-2004), where she advertised herself online in order to find a man willing to marry her so that she could more easily travel across Europe, her work has focused on issues of migration, the status of refugees in the West, not to mention the place of women in these challenging situations.
Tanja Ostojic will be featured in a Director’s Cut event jointly organised with History of Art on 1 April; further details at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/directorscut
February 16, 2015
10 short speeches + one great venue + infinite number of new culture connections = your Tuesday evening, sorted!
Are you coming to the free AB+ networking event on Tuesday 17 February, 7pm at Riverside East?
Not only do we have a bumper line up of presenters (see below) but the event will be storyboarded by Graham Ogilvie Design. Anyone interested in culture in the North East is welcome to attend for free and become a member. Drop us an e-mail to email@example.com if you have time – or just get to RGU for 7pm.
The full line up of presenters who have 3-5 minutes to get their message across are;
– George Anderson, Sistema Scotland, Big Noise Project
– Kirsty Russell and Amber Robertson, Ruthrieston Temporary Studio
– Charley Buchan, Fitlike Records
– Gemma Connell, Youth Arts Hub Co-Ordinator
– David Officer, Marketing and Communication Officer
-Rebecca Powrie, Casting On project
– Lesley Anne Rose and Helen Milne, Aberdeen Performing Arts
– Peter Bodis, Art Psychotherapist
– Fraser Macdonald, Grampian Hospital Arts Trust
– Richard Ward, Scottish Culture and Traditions Association
Stewart Aitken, Chair, AB+