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Extras Needed for New Drama A major new drama series is about to start filming at Balmoral and the producers are looking for extras. Starring Matt Smith of Doctor Who fame and written by Peter Morgan who scripted The Queen this is a great opportunity to get a great tick on your acting CV. Filming begins the second half of July.To apply click here Stonehaven Folk Festival This Weekend Stonehaven The festival offers a wide and varied range of performers, with some very exciting new bands and artists. In addition to the main stage concerts  you can  sample some of the many other events organised over the weekend. These include the ever popular World Paper’n’Comb Championship (Sat) and the Aqua Ceilidh (Sun). The Festival will open with a “Big” session on Thursday evening (9th July) and close with the Sunday night concert, hopefully something for everyone, and all set in beautiful Stonehaven- what could be better! For programme listing and event information please see the website here.  Make sure to tweet us @abpoz and keep us up to date with what your up to! We hope you all have a great week. The AB+ Team

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Stephanie Vandem Family Album Exhibition – At Seventeen until 4th July

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Running from 4 June-4th July The Stephanie Vandem Family Portrait Exhibition is at Seventeen Aberdeen. Beautifully intimate and documenting relationships and love it really is a must see this summer.

The Big Creative Aberdeen Picture Event with ACVO

What could an arts project do for your business or organisation? Your community? Your hard to reach audiences? Your fundraising? Your awareness raising? Who could fund or resource it?

How as an artist or cultural organisation can you can you find out what opportunities exist or what is needed from you?

Why Art? Where  Art? What Art? How Art?

“Art and artists are inspiring … they offer ways of expressing complicated feelings … They can open up whole new horizons for people who feel they have very few.  They make a place look nice.  They make people feel good about themselves. Art projects can break … patterns of failure … by encouraging people to look at their situations with fresh eyes” Lord Andrew Mawson “The Social Entrepeneur: Making communities Work”.

We are all Creative – This is your invitation to become part of “The Big Creative Aberdeen Picture”  being opened by BBC Scotland’s Fiona Stalker on 16th June 2015 at 12.00-3.00 Instant Neighbour’s Home Comforts Store at Union Square :

–  To find out what an arts project could do and how to make The Big Creative Aberdeen Picture work for you, email  the title “Why I want Art. Where I want Art” to events@acvo.org.uk  We will  send you details of the day which will include Case Studies and an Expert Panel and options to  get involved.

–  Book free places  to take part in the Big Creative Aberdeen Picture event on 16th June. We will together create a picture focussing on the individual Localities that most concern you.

–  Become a Big Creative Aberdeen Resource and help with materials or donations for a giant collage – it might depict art in a park, in a building, on a website, at an event –  use your imagination and think what you can recycle or reuse! – or volunteer on the day! Email the title  “Big Aberdeen Resources” to events@acvo.org.uk if you can.

–  To get involved as an artist or cultural group and be an integral part of the event  email the title “What art” to events@acvo.org.uk and we will explore ideas with you.

As always we are available on Twitter and Facebook for updates and if you want to get in touch please email us at aberdeen.positive@gmail.com

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Aberdeen Artists Society Exhibition

Aberdeen Artist Society have a brand new exhibition opening this month-

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sonADA 2015

There is still time to catch sonADA this weekend at seventeen Aberdeen and City Moves.

Take a look at their website for full programme listings for Saturday http://sonada.org/sonADA2015/

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BONNIE BIRD NEW CHOREOGRAPHY AWARD-
THE AWARD:

The Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award is a biennial award of £10,000. This award is open to choreographers and artists working choreographically, based in the UK, who have been working professionally for more than five years (excluding study). Please note, however, that current MA and PhD students are not eligible to apply. The award period will be negotiated with the applicant but will generally last between 1-2 years.

The new Choreography award aims to engage with one choreographer to support a programme of individual research that can effect a step change, developing their future work/practice to the highest quality, with the potential to impact both nationally and internationally.

The award also has been created to support a project that asks questions about choreography and addresses what it might currently mean to work with the body, dance, movement and choreography.

THE AWARDEE RECEIVES:

£10,000 bursary payable in instalments against agreed milestones, with the final payment being made on the receipt/delivery of the final project presentation
Ongoing, regular support from an experienced Creative Producer* in shaping a programme of research and development during the period of the award
Access to the experience and expertise of the voluntary BBCF Board of Trustees and Advisors (Click here for a list)

The fund will select a new awardee for the Bonnie Bird New Choreography Award. Applications are open from Friday 11 April 2015 and the deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 11 June 2015 at 6pm.

For more details on how to apply please visit

http://www.bonniebird.org/bbnca.html

We hope you have a great weekend enjoying all of the wonderful events across the city- and hopefully enjoying the sunshine.

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Celebrating Two Years of Lunchbox Theatre 

This Saturday sees Quids In Theatre Company celebrate two years of Lunchbox Theatre with a new play ‘We’re Having a Baby’ by American dramatist Irene L Pynn.  Saturday at 1:30 pm. A Play, Burger and a Drink for just £12.

Congratulations to all at Quids In for making the two year mark We have seen some brilliant, original plays over that time and long may it continue!

One Week to Go to Apply forMade in Aberdeen Bursary

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Artists’ Bursaries – Open for Application
Five awards of up to £2,000 available to artists working in any art form, to support create, develop and/or present new work , participate in development opportunities such as residencies or training courses, facilitate new collaborations to support artistic development and experimentation.

Guidelines and applications are available for download below or alternatively can be requested by emailing vibrantaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk or calling (01224) 522341.

The deadline for applications will be midnight Thursday 30th April 2015.

For more info see

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/community_life_leisure/arts/culture/made_in_aberdeen.asp

Job Opportunities at APA

There are several job opportunities at APA for a range of roles including Youth Arts Development Co-ordinator, Youth Music Freelance Work, Cleaner, Cook and Chef De Partie. For More information on the roles please see

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/about-us/jobsYouth

As always keep us posted on Facebook and twitter with all of the wonderful cultural events happening in the area. Or email us at aberdeen.positive@gmail.com

Have a great week- The AB+ Team

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Greys School of Art Exhibition at the ACT Gallery opening the 21st April! 

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Prestigious Local Literary Magazine Launches New Edition

Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s Magazine of New Writing and the Visual Arts, launches Issue 13 on 26 April, followed by readings at Aberdeen University’s Mayfestival. Much has been achieved by the magazine’s volunteer team since their previous edition: now a Scottish Charity, ‘for the advancement of the arts, heritage & culture’, they’ve also launched an online Submissions system, and fully funded the magazine for the first time ever.

In 96 pages of selected stories, poems and art, 57 writers and artists, many from or with connections to the local area, are introduced in a Foreword by acclaimed writer Esther Woolfson. The first-time published are represented, as well as youngsters aged from 12 to 17, side-by-side their established peers.

 After its launch, this new edition of Pushing Out the Boat can be read in public and school libraries of both City and Shire, and those of Aberdeen’s Universities and Colleges. The magazine retails in many local galleries, shops and cafés throughout the North East, and costs £7 [plus post and packing when ordering via its website, which is accepting pre-orders NOW.

For more informations fo to the website- http://www.pushingtheboat.co.uk or email: info@pushingtheboat.co.uk

May Festival 2015 Launches its Programme- 

May Festival is back again this year and this week saw the launch of their programme. You can also book tickets on the website.

If you would like to view the brochure please see

https://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/documents/Mayfest_2015_web.pdfmay fest

Please keep us up to date with any cultural events. Tweet us or keep us up to date on Facebook.

 

Have a great week

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Creative Europe Seminar Aberdeen
April 20th
1 – 4 pm
Rosemount Learning Centre
Belgrave Terrace
Aberdeen AB25 2NS

Find out more about Creative Europe’s Culture funding opportunities at this free seminar.
Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme supports cooperation and exchange between arts, culture and heritage organisations across different European countries. This funding programme supports a diverse range creative and cultural projects across arts forms such visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, performance, music, heritage, architecture, design, circus, festivals, craft, fashion, arts networks, social enterprises, and those who work in the wider creative and cultural industries.
Christoph Jankowski, Head of Culture, Creative Europe Desk UK, and Emma Valentine, Development Officer, Creative Europe Desk UK – Scotland, will present the four funding opportunities and the eligibility conditions, discuss how to develop applications and how to build a good project.
• Cooperation Projects – supports collaborative creative/cultural partnership projects
• Literary Translation – supports publishers with the translation of fiction works
• European Networks – supports sustained learning and exchange between EU creative/cultural networks
• European Platforms – encourages and supports innovative approaches to audience development.
Reserve your free place here:

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-europe-culture-information-seminar-aberdeen-tickets-16181196394?aff=erellivorg

String Workshops and Masterclasses

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Special Request for our Subscribers

An email from Ben Twist who would love some participants for his PHD research.

‘I’m running a focus group to find out about people’s experience of travelling to cultural venues in Aberdeen as part of my PhD. It will be at the Music Hall on Union Street from 6-7.15pm on 16th April. The aim is to learn about people’s experience with a view to improving it! We’ll provide refreshments and have a good chat’

If people want to come they should let me know on ben.twist@blueyonder.co.uk.

We hope you are enjoying the sunshine over the lovely easter break, Make sure to tweet us your pics if you make any of the Look Again Festival this week.

We hope you all have a great week.

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Whats On-

Read And Remember- Creative Writing Workshops

The central library Aberdeen is holding Creative Writing Workshops led by Shane Strachan with a separate class for both Adults and Teens.

Wednesday 29th April 2015

Adult Class- 2pm-3.30pm

Teens Class- 5.30-7.00pm

To book contact Aberdeen Central Library 01224652500

Or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Free Digital Workshops 

Are you a craftsperson or artisan based rurally in NE Scotland? Are you interested in these FREE workshops to help develop your digital skills and engage an online audience.

Free Workshops

New Art School Programme-

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Brand new Extreme Art School programme @ Transition Extreme starting April 2015 – 15 to 21 year olds

Transition Extreme are really excited to announced the new programme the Extreme Art School Aberdeen. This programme is designed for young people aged 15 – 21years who are not in education, training or employment and have an interest in the arts. The programme will support and provide young people with strong art and design skills and embed lasting passion for creativity within participants. The programme offers the opportunity for young people to work under the guidance of professional artists & designers, work collaboratively on projects, and exhibit their work.

The Extreme Art School is a 10 weeks, full time programme, running Monday to Friday, 10am to 3:30pm.

For more information and application forms please see

http://www.aberdeenguarantees.com/training/vacancies/tx-extreme-art-school-programme

Make sure you check us out on Facebook and Twitter, and keep tweeting us your news and events.

Have a great week The AB+ team

To book contact Aberdeen Central Library 01224652500

Or email LibraryEvents@aberdeencity.gov.uk

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Look Again Fest

Look Again Visual Arts Festival 8-12 April

Look Again is a new visual art & design festival for the North East of Scotland. Building on the highly successful RGU ‘LOOK’ festival, Look Again is a five-day celebration of visual art & design, of culture and creativity and a programme of creative events to engage the wider community of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Brought together by Smart Consultants and Robert Gordon University.

A centrepiece to the first year’s festival features a major commission, the Look at Me Sculpture Trail which is based on the theme of exposing and connecting. It is a major component of the festival and will see six of the city’s 19th century statues being re-dressed with temporary pieces of public art by several different local, national & internationally acclaimed artists

With various exhibitions, projects and events across the city and with a jam-packed programme over the 4 days there is something for everyone.

For more information and to look at the programme please see.

http://www.lookagainfestival.co.uk/

 A reminder about Made in Aberdeen Artist Bursaries

 

Aberdeen City Council is committed to supporting the development of arts and culture in the city. The concept of ‘Made in Aberdeen’ is tied to the recognition that the city is home to a wealth of creative and artistic talent but that both the support and profile of this needs developed. The ‘Made in Aberdeen’ initiative aim to both increase the support for, and profile of, this talent; It is about having confidence in the city’s creative individuals, about nurturing and supporting our talent and finding new ways of showcasing it to a much wider local, national and international audience.

Made in Aberdeen includes the following support initiatives:

  • Artists’ Bursaries
  • Artists’ Commissions
  • Emerging Talent Prize
  • Made In Aberdeen Films

Five awards of up to £2,000 available to artists working in any art form, to support create, develop and/or present new work, participate in development opportunities such as residencies or training courses, facilitate new collaborations to support artistic development and experimentation.

To check out the guidelines please see http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/community_life_leisure/arts/culture/made_in_aberdeen.asp

Keep us update on Twitter if you would like us to share anything.

We hope you all have a great week

The AB+ Team

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/community_life_leisure/arts/culture/made_in_aberdeen.asp

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Art, Community

Thursday 26th March 6-9pm

Please note prior reservation is required. Reserve your free tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/creative-learning-team-aberdeen-city-council-7589627083?s=35017239

Art, Community is an event exploring art and community in Aberdeen as part of ArtWorks 100 Conversations.

The event will explore current art practice in the city in relation to these terms and will critically explore future projects for artists working across the city. The evening will be facilitated by artist Jonathan Baxter.

The event may be of particular interest to students, teachers and practicing artists, people working in community centre settings and members of the public with an interest in the arts.

Food & drink will be provided. The event is free to all.

Venue:
Ruthrieston Temporary Studio
532-536 Holburn Street, Aberdeen AB10 7LL

Win a Trip to Norway!

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The latest season of Northern Arc concerts in Aberdeen’s Music Hall will transport their audiences to Norway – literally in the case of one lucky concert goer.

For Aberdeen Performing Arts, Wideroe airlines and Victoria Hotel are offering Northern Arc concert-goers prize of a weekend trip for two people to Stavanger, simply by enjoying at least two of the three concerts. The winning name will be drawn after the last concert of the series in June.
APA Northern Arc spring series includes:
Saturday 7 February: Karine Polwart with Sigrid Moldestad

Friday 3 April: Karen Matheson Band with Erlend Viken Trio

Saturday 27 June: Lau with Valkyrien Allstars

Celebrating the Nordic soul, the series is not just about music and the pre-show events in the Music Hall café includes presentations about Norwegian traditions, artists and links between Scotland and Norway. The other links are already well established as Wideroe airlines operate 6 flights daily from Aberdeen to Norway – to both Stavanger and Bergen – making them ideal weekend break destinations.

For terms of conditions see:

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/news/three-nights-two-nations-and-one-chance-to-win-a-trip-to-norway-360

‘A special request from our friends at ACT Aberdeen’

On Tuesday 5th May we plan to discuss our initial thoughts on the future cultural strategy of ACT Aberdeen, and we would welcome your individual input in helping us shape the next 10 years of our business.

We are aiming for this strategy to represent the widest possible range of people who currently use ACT, along with potential new members of the ACT family. It is important that we have your insight so our invitation to this event has been extended to our staff, volunteers, board, users and friends.

We would ask that you keep Tuesday 5th May free so you can join us for a day of interactive workshops and sessions which will give you the opportunity to share your valuable knowledge with us. Refreshments will be provided.

Timings for this day and evening event will be divided into two to three sessions and will be sent nearer the time, but if you could let us know by Friday April 10th if you can attend at least part of the day it will help us create the best possible outcome for everybody.

If you would like to attend please rsvp or for more info contact paula@act-aberdeen.org.uk

Send us your pictures!

If you are attending the Jazz Festival this week or any other cultural event we would love to see your pictures via Twitter or Facebook. Use the hashtag #ABpoz

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Jazz on the Green- March 21st

Jazz on the Green (part of the Jazz Festival) on Saturday March 21st has plenty of fantastic performances around the city and they are all FREE. Yes you heard right, completely free! So no excuses, it will no doubt be a spectacular day bringing the city to life. Check out the programme below.

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Up and Coming Deadlines-

Here is a run down of some of the up and coming deadlines over the next month.

There are some fantastic opportunities for funding, please click the links for more info.

Time to Shine Digital Deadline – 13 March and Information Roadshows

http://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/targeted-funding/tts-digital

Voluntary Arts Scotland Expenses Fund – 16 March

http://www.voluntaryarts.org/2015/02/09/boost-your-voluntary-arts-week-event-with-a-cash-injection/

Epic Awards- Extended deadline: 30 March

Nominations are now open for this year’s Epic Awards!

From singing to knitting, amateur dramatics to painting, over 60,000 groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland provide regular opportunities for creative cultural activity. The Epic Awards celebrate their achievements.

http://epicawards.co.uk

Time to Shine Nurturing Talent Fund Deadline – 12 April

http://www.youngscot.org/Campaigns/3224-nurturing-talent-time-to-shine-fund

Cashback for Creativity Fund Deadline – 30 April

http://www.creativescotland.com/funding/funding-programmes/targeted-funding/cashback-for-creativity

http://www.youthlinkscotland.org/Index.asp?MainID=13225

Made in Aberdeen -Artists’ Bursaries –30th April

Made in Aberdeen has just opened for applications this year. There are five awards of up to £2,000  available to artists working in any art form, to support create, develop and/or present new work , participate in development opportunities such as residencies or training courses, facilitate new collaborations to support artistic development and experimentation.

Guidelines and applications are available for download below or alternatively can be requested by emailing vibrantaberdeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk or calling (01224) 522341.

We hope you all have a great week and please keep us updated on any funding successes, or anything fun happening within the area. Tweet us at @ABpoz or email us at aberdeen.positive@gmail.com

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