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The Scottish Portrait Awards 2017

The Scottish Portrait Awards are open to anyone who is 17 by 1 October 2016 and who was born in Scotland, is resident in Scotland or studying in Scotland.*

The Scottish Portrait Award for Fine Art of £5,000 will be awarded for stunning portraits in any 2D or 3D medium. The Richard Coward Scottish Portrait Award in Photography of £2,000, will be awarded to the most striking black and white photographic portrait.

The works of up to 60 finalists will be included in the Scottish Portrait Awards exhibition and catalogue. A portrait commission worth £3,000 awarded to a fine art finalist by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)

The winners of SPA awards will be presented with two years free membership of the Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh. Read more about our Awards.

Open for entries from 5 January 2017 until 31 May 2017. Read more about how to enter the SPAs.

Source: Scottish Portrait Awards

Visual Artist Residency

Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council

Deadline: 15 November 2016 at 23:00

This Inspiration Point Residency is an opportunity for a visual artist to work alongside Creative Learning on Inspiration Point, a city-wide project and final event highlighting the range of creative opportunities and career pathways in the creative industries.

The aim is to give creative space and inspiration for experimentation, exploration and production for the artist’s own practice alongside a mentoring and/or shadowing opportunity of tutoring and workshop delivery.

The successful applicant will be given the following:
• Access to a studio space in Aberdeen city centre for the duration of the residency
• Shadowing opportunities for art workshops running through Creative Learning’s Make Your Mark programme of art workshops.
• Opportunity to utilise specialist equipment i.e. kilns and jewellery making tools
• Publicity and promotion through the Inspiration Point project and event – Recognition as being an integral part of an inaugural city wide creative project and end event.
• Support from Creative Learning to create and deliver a workshop as part of Inspiration Point
• Exhibition space/open studio opportunity to showcase artists own practice
• Networking and collaboration opportunities

The successful applicant is expected to:
• Devise and deliver pop up workshop/s in line with Inspiration Point aims
• Maintain regular contact with Creative Learning Project Coordinator
• Offer an open studio session at a mutually agreed time
• Document the residency for publicity, promotion and evaluation purposes
• Act as an ambassador for creativity in Aberdeen and the Inspiration Point project

Dates and duration of residency: 5 weeks; 1 – 22 December 2016 and 9 – 22 January 2017

Final Inspiration Point event dates: 17 – 18 February 2017

Eligibility: Practicing visual artists

Location: Aberdeen

Artists Award fee: £1500

Completed applications should preferably be submitted via email to, or alternatively can be mailed to: Creative Learning, Aberdeen City Council, Top Floor, Rosemount Community Centre, Belgrave Terrace, Aberdeen AB25 2NS

Application link:

Location: Aberdeen City

For further information, please contact, or visit

The deadline is Tuesday 15 November 2016 at 23:00.

SPECTRA, in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council and Curated Place, are looking to commission a photographer for our 2017 event.

Our international light festival features works of art by a range of local, national and international artists centred in 4 main city centre sites in Aberdeen. This signature festival is now in its fourth year and serves to showcase the city’s cultural status to the rest of the world.

We are looking for a professional photographer with significant experience of taking photos in low-light or at night, documenting public events, and producing high quality work for print and online platforms.


Primarily we are looking for 35 royalty free images of the event as follows:

  • The event as a whole (specifically showing the scale of the event)
  • Group shots – in general and at individual installations
  • Individual installations
  • Interactive activities
  • Community engagement projects
  • School engagement projects
  • Hero shots
  • Landmarks of Aberdeen included in the event

Whilst we will require stock images for future marketing use, the successful photographer is encouraged to seek out unique and creative opportunities to capture the relevant imagery too.

All applications must be received via Public Contract Scotland by 12 noon on Monday November 21st 2016.  If you wish to bid for this commission you must register as a supplier on Public Contract Scotland (super straightforward to do this) and then drop us an email to to let us know you have registered.  We will then send you on the quick quote link to allow you to submit an application.

A call to all professional creatives in the North East of Scotland

Image/Object is being set up to explore the possibility of having an event for professional creative practitioners in the North East of Scotland to showcase their work & creative spaces.

We will be holding a night of conversation at Transition Extreme on the 7th of November 2016 from 7-8pm in order to garner ideas & input from the professional creative community of the North East to see if there is indeed a desire or a need for an event where professionals can showcase their work & places of work.

We are aiming this conversation at anyone “being creative” as a professional practice – this could be Computer Programmers, Artists, Makers, Designers and more. If your main income is derived from your creative practice, this might be for you!

If you would like to attend the event, please drop us an email at or you can also submit feedback & comments via our survey :

We also have a faceBook page for discussion & “live” information.

Please pass this email on to anyone you think might be interested in this discussion. We hope to see you on the 7th of November at TX.

Source: Image/Object – Do we need a professional’s event?

Widely considered to be the first full-length animated feature in the history of cinema,The Adventures of Prince Achmed is a beautifully crafted piece of storytelling based loosely on the Arabian Nights. The film is an exciting tale of sword fights, genies and adventure told using a silhouette animation technique pioneered by director Lotte Reiniger.

Filmhouse have commissioned acoustic trio Sink to bring their live sounds to this very special animated feature as part of a Scotland-wide tour. Reaching beyond their usual instrumentation of violin, accordion and saxophone to create a score that is in part conjured, Sink set the quiet air into magical vibration.

Part of CineScore Live, a touring season of live music and film events supported by Film Hub Scotland.

Date: Thurs 5 – Sat 28 May 2016 Location: Seventeen, 17 Belmont St, AB10 1JR, Aberdeen Opening: Thurs, 5 May, 6pm with special edition of Urban Knights Procession: Sat 7 May, 8pm from Seventeen, 17 Belmont St, AB10 1JR, Aberdeen Inspired by science fiction scenography and the hardware of the “control society” (Deleuze, 1995, 1990; […]

Source: Under New Moons, We Stand Strong sculptural exhibition comes to Aberdeen | Peacock Visual Arts

A new live art festival is set to launch in Aberdeen next month.

Lead organiser of the event Karolina Szpyrko said live performance art will take place at the beach including contemporary dance and theatrical performances.

She said: “The call out for artists has closed so I’m in the process of curating that now.

“The idea behind the festival all comes down to our love for the beach and a desire to revive it.

“The beach used to be so prominent in people’s lives, especially at the end of the 19th Century and Aberdeen used to be a main summer holiday destination for Scotland.

“The festival is meant to be retro inspired.”

The three-day festival will take place from Friday, May 20, until Sunday, May 22.

An exhibition will also take place, in collaboration with the Central Library, featuring old postcards and photos of Aberdeen beach.

Organisers of the exhibition, which will take place at the Beach Ballroom between Monday, May 16, and Wednesday, May 18, are looking for city residents to submit some of their own snapshots and postcards.

Source: New art festival in Aberdeen to launch – Evening Express

We are going to hold our first meet.

If you are a start-up or growth stage Tech/IT company we’d love you to come along.

If you are a serial entrepreneur with “lessons” to pass on we’d love you to come along.

If you feel you can provide mentoring or services and help on what it takes to set up and grow a business then we’d love you to come along.

We have organised a series of one day printmaking workshops during February and March. Led by our friendly, experienced and supportive tutors Michael Waight and James Vass, our printmaking workshops are suitable for any skill level. Call 01224 639539 to speak to someone and to book your place.If you can’t find the best printmaking workshop for you, you can also arrange one-to-one tuition with us at very reasonable rates. Just bring yourself – all materials are included. Hurry and book so you can start printing!

Source: Printmaking Workshops | Peacock Visual Arts