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: 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.

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.

2015 Nomination Forms and Guidelines

Before you download any of the nomination forms, PLEASE ensure you have downloaded and read the Nomination Guidelines. You must submit a signed copy of these guidelines along with any nomination forms in order for your submission to be accepted.


Click here to download the 2015 NSBA Nomination Guidelines


Click any of the links below to download the required nomination form. If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact the Chamber Events team on 01224 343901 or events@agcc.co.uk

Achievement in International Business

Best Campaign of the Year

Commitment to Innovative Use of Research and Development

Commitment to People Development

Excellence in Customer Service

Excellence in Health and Safety

Made in Aberdeen: best collaboration between an arts and business organisation

Outstanding Contribution to Society

Outstanding Contribution to the Energy Sector

Overall Business of the Year

Rising Star

The Business Diversity Award

The Green Award


For any queries regarding the Lifetime Achievement or Student Placement awards please contact the events team directly.

via 2015 NSBA Nomination Forms and Guidelines.

Special Edition: Craft Opportunities March 2015

This month we have an additional Special Edition of our usual opportunities round up. With a huge number of opportunities to share with you this March we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a thing.

Applications are open for SOFA Chicago 2015, our 2015 Summer Show, and for hosts for our Meet Your Maker 2015/16 programme. We invite you to apply to take part in Historic Scotland’s Summer School, and to showcase and sell your work in our Craft Tourism Corporate Gift Guide. We are looking for makers to join our Advisory Group, an experienced PA/Office Coordinator to become part of our small team, and we will be running Craft Tourism Training in Edinburgh and Fife.

We also have details of opportunities to commission a short, social media-friendly film of your work, sell your work at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, apply for a residency in Canberra, Australia and sign up for the Heritage Crafts Association’s annual conference.

We will be back with another short round up and reminders of our opportunities in mid-March, but until then, we hope there is something in here for everyone!

This round up was first sent to subscribers of our Craft Opportunities newsletter. If you would like to receive these updates directly to your inbox, simply login to Craft Scotland and update your details or register an account with us.


Craft Scotland Opportunities

PA/Office Coordinator with Craft Scotland

Deadline: 13/03/2015

We are seeking an experienced PA/Office Coordinator to join our small team.

Location: Craft Scotland, 15 Coburg Street, Edinburgh EH6 6ET

via Special Edition: Craft Opportunities March 2015.

Scotland’s social innovation themed competition gives students the chance to make a difference!

The 21st century has brought with it a number of challenges and opportunities for Scotland. Healthcare issues such as obesity and dementia are a growing threat, which need addressed as a nation. There are also opportunities to develop new and cleaner sources of power for our country, make our cities more sustainable, and improve our communities with the latest technological developments. The solutions to the challenges we face are out there and just need that spark of ingenuity to bring them together!

Social innovation is an emerging global phenomenon that brings together enterprising and entrepreneurial thinking with creative innovative skills to deliver solutions with a social impact. Done well, it changes people’s lives and communities for the better.

The Young Innovators Challenge 2015 invites Scotland’s students (18+) to submit ideas which address problems or opportunities related to one of three areas that already exhibit opportunities for social innovation:

Healthcare and wellbeing

Green and sustainable energy resources

Smarter communities and infrastructure

Thirty successful entrants could receive £2000 to work on their innovations throughout summer 2015 and take it from an idea to a potential solution! They’ll then pitch in August for the chance to win up to an additional £5000.

Entries can be submitted online from February 02 until April 08 2015. Individual and team entries will be accepted. Up to 150 entrants will be invited to a special social innovation development weekend event in April. Here they will develop their ideas into potential social innovations with appropriate mentors. Final competition judging takes place in May.

The best ideas will then be supported through a summer of residential and workshop events. There will be opportunities to meet and be challenged by leaders in social innovation, get great opportunities to network with other innovators and pitch for additional funding of up to £5000 in August.

This is your chance to make a difference to your communities, your environment and the future of Scotland!

We received some fantastic winners in 2014. Are you up to the challenge?

via Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) – Competition Details.

BFI Film Academy in Aberdeen to produce music videos

Call for bands/artists to submit material

Here’s a fantastic opportunity to get involved in an exciting project, and get yourselves a video made for you or your band into the bargain..

Station House Media Unit (shmu) have been awarded funding to deliver training and inspire the next generation of local film talent. Station House has been making films in the North East of Scotland for 15 years and next year will deliver the prestigious BFI Film Academy.

The programme will be delivered over a 12-week period and 16 young people (aged 16-19) will be chosen to take part in the course alongside industry professionals and film practitioners.

The focus for the project will be producing music videos, and shmu are encouraging bands and artists to send through their music and/or existing videos for consideration, after which two bands/artists will be chosen to go through to the video production stage.

Bands/artists of any genre are welcome to apply. Sessions with the budding film-makers will then take place in Aberdeen on Saturday afternoons from 28 February, so it’s obviously preferable if you can make it to the city on those dates.

Simply email your music/videos (along with a short bio) headed “Music Submission” to bfi@shmu.org.uk to be considered for this fantastic opportunity. Closing date for submissions is Saturday 21 February.

via BFI Film Academy in Aberdeen to produce music videos | 57 NORTH.

Children and young people in schools across Scotland have been invited to take part in the first annual John Byrne drawing competition.

Designed to raise the profile of drawing in the curriculum, the competition aims to encourage young artists in P4 to S3 to give free rein to their imagination through the joy of drawing.

Entries can be of any size and created in any media, but they must be ‘drawings’ as this is the basis on which they will be judged.

There is no requirement to stick to a theme, but artist and playwright John Byrne has suggested the title ‘A day in my life’ for those who wish to use it.

Three lucky winners will be chosen to have their drawings included in an exhibition at Paisley Museum, alongside artwork by John Byrne from the museum’s collection. They will also receive:

1st prize – Limited edition full colour print ‘Moonstruck’ by John Byrne and a £100 voucher for art materials.

2nd prize- Limited edition black and white print ‘Lost and Hungry’ by John Byrne and a £50 book token.

3rd prize – £50 voucher for art materials.

Thirty runners-up will receive a specially designed certificate.

Entries can only be submitted through a school and must be received by 4pm on Friday 6 March 2015.

The winners will be chosen by a judging panel and announced on Education Scotland’s learning blog by 5pm on Friday 27 March 2015.

via John Byrne National Drawing Competition – Expressive arts – Learning, teaching and assessment.

The Converse x Dazed 2015 competition is now open. We are looking for emerging visual artists with guts, drive, determination and most importantly, imagination. There are no constraints on medium or intention. Designed to support young talent at the moment it needs it most, applicants must be unrepresented artists who are out of education. There is no application fee.

Our five finalists will exhibit at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens site in early 2015. They will each be awarded £1000 to create site-specific work with the winner also taking home a £5,000 prize.

Submissions open on 1 December 2014 and close on 11 January 2015

To submit, simply supply us with:

Your Details

    – Full Name
    – Age
    – Contact Details

Upload Your CV

    – A one page CV of your work

Upload Your Work

    – Five examples of your work (Max 25mb)
    – A one page description of the work you are submitting

To be eligible for consideration you must be:

− Unrepresented by a gallery 
− Resident in the UK

− Not in education

How to enter | Dazed.

Spark | Design Council

December 8, 2014

Design Council Spark is a new product innovation fund to uncover the UK’s next great inventions. Apply now for a chance to win a place on our 20 week bespoke support programme, as well as up to £65,000 investment to help bring your physical product prototype or idea to market.

via Spark | Design Council.