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


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


As part of the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery 2014-2017, we are commissioning a limited number of new artworks.

We are now inviting artists to submit project outlines for the Remembrance Hall within Aberdeen Art Gallery, a space that was added to the gallery in 1925. In the redeveloped gallery, the Remembrance Hall will be a pivotal space which visitors encounter again and again as they travel through the gallery and towards the Cowdray Hall (concert hall). It is intended as a quiet space for reflection and commemoration, alongside the Aberdeen City Memorial Court outside the gallery, on the corner of Schoolhill and Blackfriars Street, which acts as the city’s cenotaph.

The commissioned artwork will reflect the sensitive, contemplative, respectful nature of the space, and we encourage artists to think about the wide-reaching impact of conflicts. These reflections may include but need not be limited to the World Wars.

Several other elements will be displayed in this space: rolls of honour, a digital floor projection and on the balcony above, a GALLERY OF MEMORIES submitted by Aberdonians and those with links to Aberdeen.

We welcome proposals for works in any medium. The work will be expected to be completed by the time the gallery re-opens at the end of 2017. The deadline for concept submissions is midnight on 24 July 2016.

Full details of the commission requirements can be downloaded here:

Remembrance Hall Detailed Design Pack

Artist’s Brief – Remembrance Hall


If you are unable to download please get in touch:

Email: info@aagm.co.uk
Tel: 01224 337700

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.


Contemporary Craft & Design Fair, 20 – 22 Nov 2015

Applications are now invited from makers and designers across Scotland for  “flock”  – Woodend Barn’s Christmas Contemporary Craft and Design Fair.  Launched in 2014, the inaugural fair welcomed 2000 visitors and looks set to become a major fixture in Aberdeenshire’s cultural calendar.

Closing date for applications is Friday 10th July.  Click here to download the form.

via Woodend Barn Banchory » Opportunities.

Deadline: 30 June 2015 at 17:00

At Art Retail Network we believe that every artist who has the skill, the ambition and is willing to work hard, should be able to make a full time career as a professional artist.

We want artists to create more of what they love, and we want more art lovers to discover emerging artists and experience great artworks.

This is why we are launching the EXHIBIT ME art competition. We are offering a total prize fund of £1750 to the best 3 artworks that are uploaded to the Art Retail Network marketplace. Additionally, your artwork is going to be seen and judged by member galleries who are always on the look out for emerging talent to exhibit.

To be eligible for one of these prizes, all you have to do is sign in to your free account at Art Retail Network, upload as many pieces of artwork as you want to submit to the competition and refer 3 friends to the competition from the Art Retail Network platform.

This competition is completely free to enter. We want to make sure that it’s open and accessible to as many people as possible, from beginners up to full time artists.

Closing deadline for online submission is 5pm (GMT), Tuesday 30th June, so make sure you have all your artwork uploaded in time.

Location: All Scotland ,England, Wales, Northern Ireland, International

For further information, please contact alex@artretailnetwork.com (Alex Aitchison), or visit https://members.artretailnetwork.com/get-started.php

The deadline is Tuesday 30 June 2015 at 17:00.

via EXHIBIT ME Art Competition.

Deadline: 31 May 2015 at 23:55

Motion Picture Call Out

As part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, Woodland Creatures in association with BARK will be hosting a variety of performances and film nights during the month of August.

Located on Leith Walk we are an alternative venue away from the over crowded city centre that serves as an artfully-designed backdrop for the festival.

We are sending out an open call to all motion picture artists to submit a sample of their work for consideration. The film nights aim to showcase Scottish based emerging and established filmmakers, video artists and animators.

The venue is fully equipped with an HD/3D digital projector, a pull down projection screen and P.A. system.

We aim to provide an opportunity for film enthusiasts to mingle with emerging talent and to organise a variety of Q and A discussions between filmmakers and the audience after each screening.

There is no submission fee for entries and screenings will be advertised as free entry with audience donations after each screening.

Deadline for submissions: May 31st.

Selections will be made and entrants advised by Mid-June

Submission guidelines:

Short motion pictures of all genres (documentary, fiction, experimental, art house cinema, animation and video art)- in digital form.

Running time: Under 15mins including titles.

Submit via on-line link or via email.

Include a brief summary of the film and a short bio.

Smile on !

Location: All Scotland

For further information, please contact motioncreatures@gmail.com (Sandy),

The deadline is Sunday 31 May 2015 at 23:55.

via Motion Creatures: Film Call Out.

The AAS @ the Suttie Arts Space

The Society is happy to announce that it will be mounting an exhibition in collaboration with Grampian Hospital Arts Trust. The exhibition will be held in the New Suttie Arts Space at ARI. It will run from the 15th May to the 31st May.

This exhibition will be open to members and non-members alike. It will be a 2D, New Works exhibition.  The Hand-in dates, Regulations, submission forms and labels are available to download on the links below.

Due to the size of the venue artists may submit one work only. All works must be appropriate to the hospital audience. Full terms and conditions will be in the Regulations.

Regulations   Submission Form  Label

Prize Fund

£1000 prize fund.

This fund may be awarded in total to one artist or may be split between two.

£500 prize.

This prize will be awarded to a “Painting Of Merit”.



The Annual Exhibition


Due to the closure of the Aberdeen Art Gallery the Society will not be mounting a large, Open Annual Exhibition this year. We will be mounting a number of smaller exhibitions throughout the year. Most of these exhibitions will be open to members only. If you would like to exhibit with us then please contact the Secretary to discuss membership.

via Aberdeen Artists Society.

There are now six categories included within the annual Saltire Society Literary Awards including First Book of the Year, History Book of the Year, Research Book of the Year and Poetry Book of the Year. What’s more, 2015 sees the expansion of our Literary Book of the Year Award which will be separated into two categories for Fiction and Non-Fiction books. The winner of each category will receive £2,000 and become the shortlist for the Saltire Society Book of the Year Award, with a prize of £6,000.

More Information and download the entry form HERE.

Nominations for the six book categories must reach the

Saltire Society by Friday, 1st May

via Literary Awards.