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


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

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


MMus in Sonic Arts

May 16, 2016

The MMus in Sonic Arts prepares students for careers in creative industries and artistic, commercial and academic research where creative approaches to sound are in demand. The programme offers not only a comprehensive overview of sonic arts from historical and theoretical viewpoints, but also hands-on, practical and skills-based core courses that can help students design and realise original sound projects throughout the programme and build a strong portfolio as a sound artist.


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

Mix ‘N’ Pick Theatre are looking for a group of freelance actors / workshop leaders / children’s entertainers for the continual growth of the company.

This summer we have been performing small scale children’s theatre shows at the Boxsmall Festival in Edinburgh city centre.

We are now looking to create a pool of freelance staff that we can use for corporate events, birthday parties, workshops in schools and to perform in children’s shows around Scotland. At least one year’s experience in this field of work is essential.

Salary will be based on the work offered, starting from £9 an hour.

Actors must have a base in Scotland.

Audition / Interview will include performing a short monologue for children. Immediate work available for the right actors.

All staff must have a PVG.

Send your CV to: mixnpicktheatre@gmail.com

Location: Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee City, East Lothian, Edinburgh City, Fife, Glasgow City, Perth and Kinross, Stirling, West Lothian

For further information, please contact mixnpicktheatre@gmail.com (mixnpicktheatre@gmail.com), or call 07720861796, or visit https://www.facebook.com/MixnPickTheatre

The deadline is Monday 30 November 2015 at 10:05.

via Freelance Staff.

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




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.

We’re looking for a group of young people (aged roughly 18-20) to feature in an experimental children’s film and nature study by the award-winning artist filmmaker Margaret Salmon.

The film will capture the experience of a young girl who accidentally becomes lost in the woods one evening while camping with her family.

Eglantine is Salmon’s first long form film and will combine a range of cinematic genres and techniques; from carefully observed wildlife documentary to narrative drama, hand drawn animation, live musical performance and interpretative sound. It is being made for cinema release.


– Must be available on Skye on 6 August (10.30am-9.30pm) & 7 August (9am-4.30pm)

– You should ideally be aged between 18-20

– You need not be a professional actor or musician

– We need one person who will perform a song (on any instrument) or play an instrument without vocals

– You should ideally be used to camping

– You can apply as an individual or a group

There is a fee of £100 per person (£150 for musician)


Casting will take place in the ATLAS Arts office under the Gathering Hall in Portree on Monday 27th July.

If you are interested or would like more information please contact Shona or Rosie at ATLAS Arts on 01478 611143

via Performers sought for new film shot in Skye.

Stonehaven – Anywhere But The Cities (in collaboration with Culture Shock Scotland)

16 shows, 21 days, 26 (plus) artists – that’s the anywhere but the cities tour. Dewar’s, Neu! Reekie! & FOUND take to the road with some of their finest guests making appearances. Swapping stories for whisky and visiting faces and places, the whole affair will be captured for broadcast and beyond.

This show is in collaboration with Culture Shock Scotland.

via Stonehaven – Anywhere But The Cities (in collaboration with Culture Shock Scotland).

Live Drawing: 6 June – 25 June 2015

Closing Party: Friday 26 June. 6-8pm. All welcome.

Exhibition: 27 June – 18 July 2015

From Saturday 6 June, Hell Yeah will be taking over Peacock Visual Arts to draw a sugar loaded, popcorn poppin’, over indulgent large-scale illustration installation on the walls of our main gallery! Hell Yeah actively encourage viewers to visit them in the gallery throughout the duration of the installation in order for you to engage with their creative process, with questions and interaction with artists welcomed.

Once the installation is complete the gallery will be closed throughout the day on Friday 26 June to prepare the space for the official Closing Party, which will feature previously unseen work from the artists hung directly on top of the installation. This guarded nature of the Closing Party is intended to provoke viewers’ curiosity, urge you to explore the artwork further and also offer a fresh perspective of the exhibition as a whole. The closing party will take place on Friday 26 June, 6-8pm, all welcome.

The finished exhibition will then run until Saturday 18 July 2015.

About the Artists

Hell Yeah are two artists who work together on large-scale site-specific illustration installations as well as commercial projects. Their typical Scottish dry wit and youthful enthusiasm for life gives their work a raw yet playful mix, which can leave the viewer feeling both amused and uneasy at the same time.

via Exhibition Coming Soon….Hell Yeah // Feast Your Eyes – Aberdeen’s Centre for Contemporary Art. Gallery exhibitions, printmaking, photography, film & video, digital media.