Apply to join the What’s Your Story? Development Programme 2017! (Gàidhlig) Are you 14-17 years old, living in Scotland, and care about creative writing and illustration? Do you want to meet other teens interested in creative writing and illustration? Do you want to improve your own skills? Do you want to explore Scotland’s literary community? … Read more

Source: Apply for the What’s Your Story? Development Programme 2017 – What’s Your Story?


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: or Tel: 01771 613584

Source: Midsummer Arts Festival

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

May 28th –  18:30–20:00

Books and Beans
22 Belmont Street, AB101JH Aberdeen

Poetry at Books and Beans presents a feast of poems with music, featuring Sheena Blackhall, Haworth Hodgkinson, Colin Edwards, Louise Counsell and Olivia McMahon. Open mic as usual.
via If music be the food of poetry….

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.

Exciting times ahead for Dee n’ Do, we have a new product we’re about to launch – A comprehensive map of the North East of Scotland!!! It’s a handy pocket sized map that folds out to A2 size (60cm x 40cm) and lists all the Castles, Historic Houses, Distilleries, Ancient Sites, Breweries, Galleries, and Antique Shops in the area, as well as a selection of Walking and Bike Trails. 2,000 copies will be printed and distributing throughout Aberdeenshire, RRP is around £3.50, and they will be available in a wide variety of establishments over a six month period. We have advertising rates starting at £82 + VAT, which combines an advert on the back with a corresponding pin on the map. Drop us an email at for more information.

via Timeline Photos – Dee n’ Do Magazine.

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.

From Glastonbury to Young Chorister of the Year, event programming on BBC Radio 2 is certainly eclectic and varied. Now, Britain’s most listened to radio station is looking for an official Artist-in-Residence to tell its story over the next 12 months in art.

Claudia Winkleman unveiled details on her weekly arts show. In association with digital arts website The Space, the BBC Radio 2 Artist-in-Residence will get a golden pass to attend Radio 2 events for a year, whether that’s Cambridge Folk Festival, Proms in the Park or Friday Night is Music Night. In return, Radio 2 will ask them to create a minimum of four artistic responses across the year.

via BBC – Get Creative – Telling the Radio 2 story in art.

Beyond Perception 15

April 19, 2015

Beyond Perception 15

University of Aberdeen

Deadline: 01 June 2015 at 12:00

The University of Aberdeen warmly invites you to submit artistic proposals to the

multidisciplinary symposium Beyond Perception 15, to be held in Aberdeen from 1

September until 4 September 2015. The symposium, aptly titled Beyond Perception

15, addresses the anthropologist Tim Ingold’s work over the last fifteen years, since

the publication of his prominent book The Perception of the Environment in 2000. The

symposium will cover five main themes, including i) Humans, Animals, Environment; ii)

Sensibilities Beyond Science; iii) Experiment, Experience, Education; iv) Creativity,

Correspondence, and Description; v) Movement, Becomings, and Growth. As a

innovative interdisciplinary event that brings together anthropologists, architects, and

social sciences with dancers, visual artists and filmmakers we want to give as much

prominence to the non-textual and creative as possible. With this in mind we are

seeking proposals for non-textual work that offers something to the conversation and

dialogue that our conference themes touch upon.

2D and 3D work would be welcome, as well as auditory, visual and performative

pieces. There will be space available to exhibit both inside the conference venue and

outside. Please get in touch with the Beyond Perception team

( if you wish to submit a proposal. Each proposal

should contain a title and description of the work (maximum length 250 words), a

current CV, and up to six images of the work to be shown, as well as any specific

installation (spatial, technical) requirements that you may have. Deadline for proposals

is June 1st 2015.

Location: Aberdeenshire

For further information, please contact (Elizabeth A. Hodson), or visit

The deadline is Monday 01 June 2015 at 12:00.

via Beyond Perception 15.

Board Member – Creative Scotland


Creative Scotland is the public body responsible for supporting the arts, screen and creative industries across Scotland. We distribute funding from the Scottish Government and The National Lottery. We also influence attitudes, behaviours and policies that help creative people  to thrive. Our goal is to unlock potential and embrace ambition throughout Scotland’s creative community.


We are looking for new members to join our Board – the group responsible for overseeing and challenging the work we do. You do not need previous experience of serving on a board. With professional experience in Scotland’s creative sector, your insight could make you an ideal candidate. We particularly need people who will bring to the Board a practical knowledge of the creative sector  in Scotland, with an understanding of how Scottish arts can progress internationally. We are also looking for people with a particular knowledge or understanding of ethnic minority communities, as this will help us ensure our work reflects a diverse nation.


In addition to passion for the arts, we expect you to demonstrate a range of personal qualities and skills. A collaborative individual with excellent listening and communication skills, you have the confidence to challenge and debate proposals and issues in a constructive way. Comfortable considering the ‘big picture’ and thinking long-term, you are also able to balance various considerations and make informed decisions.


In the interests of achieving a balanced and representative Board  applications are particularly welcome  from people currently under represented on Scotland’s public bodies such as women,  disabled people and people aged under 50.

Scottish Government – Public Appointments.