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

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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

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University of Aberdeen May Festival

Deadline: 21 July 2015 at 16:00

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.

All enquiries concerning this ITT should go through the Public Contract Scotland (PCS) Portal.

Title: Delivery Contract for Spectra: Aberdeen Festival of Light 2016

Ref No: JUN211007

For information on the 2015 festival please see http://www.spectraaberdeen.com

Location: Aberdeen City

For further information, please contact markbremner@aberdeencity.go.uk (Mark Bremner), or visit http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

The deadline is Tuesday 21 July 2015 at 16:00.

via SPECTRA 2016 Aberdeen Festival of Light.

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.

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University of Aberdeen May Festival

Pushing the Boat Out Magazine Launch

Word Marquee, King’s Lawn, University of Aberdeen

Pushing Out the Boat is North East Scotland’s magazine of New Writing and Visual Arts. Beautifully produced, it first appeared in 2000 and has maintained a level of consistency ever since. This event, with readings from contributors, marks the publication of Issue 13, a remarkable achievement in straitened times.

via May Festival: Pushing the Boat Out Magazine Launch | Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Write Aberdeen Write Regensberg

Readings from a publication celebrating the 60th anniversary of Aberdeen’s twinning with Regensburg, Germany.

Venue: Word Marquee, King’s Lawn, University of Aberdeen

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Aberdeen’s twinning with Regensburg, Germany, a book of new writing about both cities has been created through citywide writing competitions. At this event, Aberdeen and Regensburg residents will read their prize-winning works for the first time. Hosted by Shane Strachan.

via Write Aberdeen Write Regensberg | May Festival | The University of Aberdeen.

With our combination of History (maritime and rural)…Creativity (crafts, music and art)…Activity (sailing, rowing and so much more)…Food and Drink (the very best of the region)…all in the superb natural setting of Portsoy’s harbour, there’s no better place to celebrate Scotland’s rich cultural heritage.

via Scottish Traditional Boat Festival, Portsoy, Aberdeenshire.

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