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
June 17, 2016
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.
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: email@example.com or Tel: 01771 613584
Source: Midsummer Arts Festival
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:
If you are unable to download please get in touch:
Tel: 01224 337700
May 16, 2016
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
Grays School of Art – Degree Show 2015!
The 2015 Gray’s School of Art Degree Show will open to the public from 20 – 27 June, celebrating 12 years of BP sponsorship.
The show is an annual highlight in the arts calendar, showcasing the work of our graduating students. Many of our graduates have gone on to become leading names in art and design, so the show is a great opportunity to view the work of tomorrow’s creative stars today.
This year, Gray’s School of Art is celebrating 130 years of raising creative profiles in the North East.
June 17, 2015
North East Scotland College Aberdeen City Campus, 16 – 20 June
Creative Industries students at North East Scotland College’s Aberdeen City Campus are getting ready for their annual End of Year Show, which is open to the public, at the Campus on Aberdeen’s Gallowgate from 17 – 20 June.
The private opening night on Tuesday 16 June, is expected to attract over 400 invited guests including friends, family, VIPs and representatives from local businesses and educational establishments. The highlight of this event will be the announcement of the Best Work on the Wall Award winners in categories including: Art & Design, Textiles, Visual Communication, Photography and 3D Computer Animation.
Sponsor of this year’s Show is Paradox. The company is also kindly providing the Best Work on the Wall prizes. Established in 2002, Paradox has many years’ experience in the graphic and web design profession, and provides a full design, print and web service to a wide range of clients throughout the world. The company is based in Aberdeen, but has a large client-base in London and the rest of the UK. Paradox will also be sponsoring a ‘People’s Prize’. The winner of this award will be chosen by members of the public who will be invited to vote for their favourite work when they visit the Show. The winner of this award will be announced during the week following the Show.
Dave Stewart from Paradox will be one member of a high profile judging panel at the event which also includes Angie Nicol from Peapod Vintage; photographer Sandra Mckay; Sally Moir and Claire Bruce from SMART Consultants, one of the north-east’s leading art agencies, and Neil McIver, also from Paradox.
Susan Betty, Head of School, said: “Once again the students have produced a stunning selection of work with something for everyone to admire and enjoy – students and staff should be congratulated on their achievement. I would like to thank Paradox for their support and our distinguished panel of judges who have the unenviable task of deciding upon the winners.”
Show is open to the public as follows:
Wednesday 17 June from 10am – 8pm
Thursday 18 June from 10am – 8pm
Friday 19 June from 10am – 4pm
Saturday 20 June from 10am – 1pm
The exhibition takes place in the Aberdeen City Campus Loch Street Common Room and East Block.
June 17, 2015
June 2, 2015
Photography – Alternative Processes (Advanced | 40hr)
4 Day: Introduction to Fundamental Fashion and Textile Design (Foundation | 4hr | EXTRA)
Figurative Study (Intermediate | Advanced | 40hr)
Portrait Drawing and Painting (Foundation | 6hr | EXTRA)
4 Day: Figure Drawing School (24hr | EXTRA)
Printmaking: Monoprint and Drypoint (Foundation | 6hr | EXTRA)
The Figure in Clay (Foundation | 6hr | EXTRA)
Portfolio (Foundation | 40hr)
Jewellery and Silversmithing (Advanced | 40hr)
A Day in the Jewellery Workshop (6hr | EXTRA)
Make a Perspex Ring (Foundation | 4hr | EXTRA)
Creative Bookbinding (Foundation | 6hr | EXTRA)
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 !