At the Northern Arts Club 8, Bon-Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6DJ
2.00-4.00pm on Saturday the 5th of November 2016.

These are exciting times. Join us to establish a collaborative relationship with the new Aberdeen Art Gallery for the founding exhibition in 2018. The Society seeks new members, students and volunteers to serve on their council, contributing skills and energy.

Working together we can enrich the creativity of Aberdeen Artists’ Society open exhibition in 2019.

Our aim to establish an event of national and international standing and make this contemporary exhibition one of the most important in Scotland’s cultural calendar.

Student membership available – check website.

Source: Aberdeen Artists Society


10 short speeches + one great venue + infinite number of new culture connections = your Tuesday evening, sorted!


Are you coming to the free AB+  networking event on Tuesday 17 February, 7pm at Riverside East?

Not only do we have a bumper line up of presenters (see below) but the event will be storyboarded by Graham Ogilvie Design.  Anyone interested in culture in the North East is welcome to attend for free and become a member.  Drop us an e-mail to if you have time – or just get to RGU for 7pm.

The full line up of presenters who have 3-5 minutes to get their message across are;

–  George Anderson, Sistema Scotland, Big Noise Project

– Kirsty Russell and Amber Robertson, Ruthrieston Temporary Studio

– Charley Buchan, Fitlike Records

– Gemma Connell, Youth Arts Hub Co-Ordinator

– David Officer, Marketing and Communication Officer

-Rebecca Powrie, Casting On project

– Lesley Anne Rose and Helen Milne, Aberdeen Performing Arts

– Peter Bodis, Art Psychotherapist

– Fraser Macdonald, Grampian Hospital Arts Trust

– Richard Ward, Scottish Culture and Traditions Association

Yours sincerely

Stewart Aitken, Chair, AB+

via Ready to get your North East culture fix this Tuesday?.

3 Reasons to be AB+ in 2015

December 18, 2014


Can I first wish all our mailing list members (now over 340 strong) very best wishes for the festive season; we know it’s a very busy time of year but we just wanted to make sure you had the dates for the next 3 events in your shiny new 2015 diaries.


EVENT 1: Finding the Funds will be held at Queen’s Cross Church on Wednesday 21 January 2015.  Members are invited to register for this ‘practical and aspirational’ guide to securing the funds to get your creative ideas off the ground.  There will be presentations from;

– Gerard Kelly, Director of Funding Operations at Creative Scotland

– Sue John & Adele Patrick from Glasgow Women’s Library

– Gary Cameron and Laura Paterson from Aberdeen City Council.

These will be followed by discussion sessions with members of the panel and organisations including ACVO.  Come if you have a specific project that you are seeking funding for OR are new to fundraising for cultural projects and are looking for some inspiration and a place to start.  To help keep the energy levels up we will provide complimentary drinks and snacks.


Date: Wednesday 21 January 2015

Start time: Registration from 6.30pm for a 7pm start

End time: Approximately 9pm

Venue: Queen’s Cross Church, Albyn Place, Aberdeen, AB10 1YN



EVENT 2: ‘Who, What, When, Where Why’ Networking, Tuesday 17 February, 7pm.

Natalie Kerr, Cultural Animateur at RGU was so inspired by our last networking event at Oil and Glass on 20 November (check out photos on Facebook) that she is inviting everyone round to her place (Riverside East) for another evening of short sharp presentations, chat and snacks.  Lots more details to follow in the New Year but please save the date for now.


EVENT 3: Culture in the North East: Life After The Referendum will be a lunchtime event on Thursday 5 March.

We will confirm a venue and full panel line up soon but are delighted that Janet Archer, Chief Executive of Creative Scotland will be joining us in Aberdeen.


We hope this is sufficient to whet your cultural appetite for 2015 and we look forward to seeing you.  Please please do remember that it is free to join AB+ and to attend our events so do forward this e-mail to friends and colleagues, come and see us on Facebook or follow on Twitter @ABPOZ.

With very best wishes from myself and fellow AB+ Board members.

Stewart Aitken, Chair

The NEOS committee really needs new members to be able to fulfill all the tasks required to make it all happen. It’s a great opportunity to be involved in one of the biggest art festivals in the North East! Please feel free to get in touch using the account if you would like a chat first to see what role you would can help or be best suited to. Tea making skills essential!

via NEOS North East Open Studios Information for Visitors.

A review of the spaces available in Aberdeen for arts practitioners to create and show new work has been launched by Aberdeen City Council.The Creative Spaces programme will see the City Council take stock of empty spaces, who is responsible for them, and asking practitioners how they might be usedThrough a series of surveys, consultations and discussion events, the City Council hopes that artists, musicians, writers, designers, dancers and anyone with a creative idea or practice will forge new links and breathe life into a number of empty shops, industrial units and even homes across the city.Depute council leader Councillor Marie Boulton said: “Much of the feedback our officers have had over the last two years is that artists are struggling to stay in the city because of a lack of space that can be used as studios, galleries or for performances.”This project aims to tackle this by putting the information in the hands of artists, bringing them together to see if they share similar goals and if, jointly, they can achieve those goals.”Anyone who owns or manages a space which could be put forward for the Creative Spaces programme, or artists who would like to get involved, can contact The survey can be found at

via City Council launches search for new creative spaces.

Creative Spaces is a new initiative from the Culture Team at Aberdeen City Council to support the development of affordable spaces for Creative Industries practitioners. For year one of the programme we are looking to support the piloting of up to two independently run spaces in Aberdeen. 

Through the findings of Aberdeen Cultural Assets Mapping report and the draft RGU EKOS North East Creative Industries research, provision of spaces for creative practitioners to work was identified as a key area for the sustainability and growth of the city’s creative and cultural sector. The creation of new studio, rehearsal and production space is recognised as an opportunity to build on our graduate retention, creative industry employment and the city’s support of existing and future cultural production. 

We are looking to gather information on the needs of creative practitioners as well as identify individuals and groups who would be interested in participating in the Creative Spaces programme.

The survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete.

Creative Spaces – Call for Intrest Survey.

Aberdeen City Council Culture Team are reviewing the Aberdeen 2017 website with an aim to creating a new site catering for artistic support and cultural provision within the City. Prior to creating the brief for this new site the Culture Team are researching what the public and artists expect and need from a cultural site, to ensure that any new website is fit for purpose.

Click here to contribute : Aberdeen City Council Cultural Website Survey.

The AB+ AGM will be held on Thursday 8 May at 7pm at ACT Aberdeen, 33 King Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AA.

AB+ is also looking for volunteers to join the Board of Trustees.

If you are interested in developing a programme for AB+ that reflects the needs of the membership and the ambitions of the AB+ mission and vision and are able to attend board meetings roughly every 6 weeks then we want to hear from you.

We would be particularly interested to hear from practising artists (both visual and performing arts) as well as members with legal and business skills.

If you are interested in applying then please e-mail no more than 100 words about yourself and why you are interested in taking a strategic lead in AB+ to by Wednesday 30 April. To read more about our current board members and the duties of a SCIO trustee please visit the AB+ website.

To attend the AGM simply RSVP to

The agenda for the evening will be as follows:

6.30pm Registration and Networking
7pm Business of AGM
Chair’s Report
Treasurer’s Report & Charity Accounts
Election of Charity Trustees
7.30pm Culture Matters Presentations
8pm Networking and refreshments
9pm End

Please do forward this notice to anyone who you think would be interested in joining AB+ as it is currently free thanks to support from BP & Aberdeen City Council’s Cultural Fund. Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ABPOZ or like us on Facebook.

Yours sincerely
Stewart Aitken, Chair, AB+

Elements of our developing Strategic Plan, 2014-24, are now online for consultation.

Why not tell us what you think? 

We are interested in your thoughts on our shared vision, purpose, ambitions and priorities and whether they resonate with you, as someone working or interested in the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland; and if they reflect what you see as the role of Creative Scotland.

The online consultation is open for comment until 5pm, Friday 7 February.

Open Consultation on Creative Scotland’s 10 Year Plan.

Bid-coordinator Ektor Tsatsoulis  has blogged about the City of Culture 2017 bid

Update on the consultation | Aberdeen 2017.