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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

The AB+ Team

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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.

The AB+ Team

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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

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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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Art Exhibition coming to Fraserburgh

The opening of Breathless Breastless Project, breast cancer awareness art exhibition is coming to Fraserburgh this month. The exhibition, which has previously shown at 17 Aberdeen, ACT Aberdeen and at the Saltaire Arts Festival Bradford, will open at The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses, Fraserburgh on Tuesday 31st March 7pm, where it will be open to visitors for one month. This is a fantastic moving exhibition not to be missed.
The exhibition is being shown as part of The Moonlight Prowls 10th anniversary celebrations.

For More information please see

http://www.breathlessbreastlessproject.org/

Music Industry Workshop Day

APA Creative Music Industries Programme present a Music Industry Day at The Lemon Tree on Saturday 21st March 2015 for young people ages 14-25 who have an interest in the Music Industry.

From 12pm – 4.30pm there will be be music industry professionals from around Scotland promoting their work and talking to young people about their own music and how they can promote themselves as an artist. sessions for our visiting professionals. In the evening, the day will be completed with a performance at The Lemon Tree between 6pm and 9pm from local musicians. If you’re between the ages of 14 and 25 and have a strong interest in getting involved in the Music Industry as a performer or behind the scenes then this event is for you. Information on song-writing, touring, and releasing your own music will be readily available on the day.

Workshops include-
12pm – 1pm: Music Production | North East of Scotland College: An overview, demonstration, and a chance to try, of some of the topics relating to Music Production.
1.30pm – 2.30pm: Hip-Hop/Rap | shmu: Bang On (Elliot Egerton) will be leading this session centred around the rap music industry and his experience of it.
3pm – 4pm: Music Journalism: 57 Degrees North lead a workshop on music journalism, including a look at the current state of the industry, and advice on techniques such as interviewing artists and reviewing
4pm – 4.30pm: Q&A: Breaking Into the Industry. The panel will be made up of a selection of industry professionals

Workshop numbers are limited so please contact creativelearning@aberdeenperformingarts.com if you require more information and to book your place

Fantastic offers available with Aberdeen Festivals-
Aberdeen Festivals
As part of the launch of festival season Aberdeen Festival has some great deals, which include 2-1 tickets to any of the festival, discount on restaurants and even accommodation. Fabulous if you are planning ahead for events this year (or would make a fabulous gift for someone)

With an array of fantastic festivals to choose from there really is something for everyone. You have to be quick as this offer is subject to availability and early booking is advised.

To see the current deals please see:

http://visitaberdeen.com/aberdeen-festivals-packages/apply-for-festival-deals-/


Thank you once again!

Our Culture in the North East: Life after the Referendum event yesterday was another fantastic success. With tough and insightful issues discussed. A big thank you to all of our attendees and a special thanks to the panel for taking part. Check out our Twitter feed @ABpoz to catch up if you missed it. We had a lot of live tweeting!

Keep your eyes peeled for our up and coming events and if your not already sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on any announcements.

If you would like any cultural events featured in our weekly roundups please get in touch. We love to hear from you.

Have a great week

The AB+ Team

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5th of March AB+ Event-

Culture in the North East: Life after the Referendum?

How is it March already! Our next jam-packed event has come around fast and will take place Thursday March 5th over lunch at Café Zeste, The University of Aberdeen. THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED BUT DO E-MAIL IF YOU WANT TO BE ON RESERVE LIST!

This one is a bit different with a ‘Newsnight’ style panel debate with AB+ members invited to submit questions for the panel via the Chair. Our Chair will be Fiona Stalker, radio and TV presenter and she will be joined by;
 – Janet Archer, CEO of Creative Scotland
- Cllr Marie Boulton, Depute Leader & Spokesperson for Culture, Aberdeen City Council
- Mark Fisher, theatre critic, editor and freelance journalist
- Professor Chris O’Neil, Head of School, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University.

Date: Thursday 5 March 2015
Timings: 12pm registration for a 12.30pm start. Debate will be followed by a light networking lunch.
End time: Approximately 2.30pm
Venue: Café Zeste, (within Crombie Hall, just off the High Street), King’s Campus, Aberdeen, AB24 3DS

Please get in touch with us with your questions!

This event has limited spaces available; please RSVP to Aberdeen.positive@gmail.com or @abpoz a.s.a.p to reserve your place.

Sustaining Life as a Creative Programme

The programme will support individuals through explorative and collaborative group sessions with experienced artists who will offer inspiration and practical advice to those looking to professionalise their existing practice and to pursue or sustain a creative life. 

The 6 day professional development programme will involve learning from experienced lead artists, Chris Biddlecombe, Gabrielle Reith Thomson and Aubin Stewart, who will, share real life experiences of how they have sustained and developed their different creative practices. Individuals on the course will map out and reflect on their own journeys to date, discover where they want to go next and explore the different routes they could take to get there. Practical support as well as useful tools and contacts will be given to assist individuals or small groups to take their ideas and creative practice forward.

The programme will take place on Thursdays & Fridays (10am – 2pm): 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 March 2015.


Spaces are fully funded by the Creative Learning Team at Aberdeen City Council. 

Those wishing to sign up to the programme must submit no more than 2 sheets of A4 outlining your:
• Contact details
• Current experience in the arts and your art form/s
• Aims for the future
• Why you would like to go on the programme including what you hope to gain from it
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If you can make all 6 dates 10am-2pm
• You may also attach your CV.

Please send this no later than Tuesday 3 March via email to 
mclarke@aberdeencity.gov.uk


Fantastic Opportunity for Writers in the North East

The producers at Aberdeen Performing Arts are putting a call out for 7-10 minute excerpts of new writing from writers based in the North East of Scotland along the theme of Black Gold, Northern Lights and My Aberdeen.



Submission Deadlines:


Black Gold- Monday 30th March 


Northern Lights- Monday 8th June

My Aberdeen- Monday 21st September 



The submission must be a monologue or a 2-3 hander but other than that please be as creative as you like. This is your chance to let your writing take centre stage and show work that is exciting, engaging and unexpected. 

The selected excepts will be rehearsed and performed script in hand by a professional cast under direction as part of The Lemon Tree Scratch Nights event on Sunday 12th April 2015.



For more information or to submit your script please email emerging producer Helen Milne on helen.milne@aberdeenperformingarts.com

Artists WANTED-
Mark Making
Another reminder about Smart Consultants fantastic Art Project. On behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, SMART invite you to apply to be part of ‘Mark Making’, an exhibition of contemporary art, to be held at SMART’s city centre exhibition venue at Union Square, off Market Street, in a loft style unit overlooking Aberdeen Harbour.

This is an open brief to all creative practitioners working across all art forms and there is space within the venue to exhibit large 3D and sculptural works. We also have eight display cases to showcase jewellery and smaller 3D works.

For more information on submissions please see

http://www.wearesmartconsultants.co.uk/

We hope you all have a great week and we look forward to seeing some of you at our event on Thursday

The AB+ Team

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MORE AB+ EVENTS CONFIRMED

We are delighted to announce the dates for the next three AB+ events which build on the success of our ‘Cultural Conversation’ series. In order to ‘increase the volume’ of cultural activity in the North East we want to put on events that will put our members in contact with as many relevant people as possible. So first things first, the dates are as follows:

TUESDAY 1 JULY 2014: Who, What, Where, Why, When, ACT Aberdeen, 7pm to 9pm.
This event will give members the opportunity to pitch their project to fellow AB+ members. All you need to do is have a new idea or project that you can talk about for 3-5 minutes and then its up to you how you continue the conversation with the audience. Are you looking for project partners, a venue, advice on getting your event or work noticed in the North East or maybe you are a new member and just want to introduce yourself in an informal and friendly atmosphere. The floor is yours – if you fancy making a short presentation please do let us know as soon as possible – just send an e-mail to Aberdeen.positive@gmail.com and we will be in touch with all the relevant details.

THURSDAY 25 SEPTEMBER: Networking with the Networks. Evening event at location to be confirmed.
There are so many local and national networks in business, arts and other sectors where do you start when time is limited? This event will take the form of a network fair with invited speakers and networking opportunities to allow members to explore the values of existing networks.

THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER: Finding the Funds. Time and location to be confirmed.
We know that finding and securing funding is an on-going issue that needs on-going input and creative thinking. We will invite a national funder to open the debate on finding the right funds for your project or organisation. We will also look at opportunities for business development, European Funding and partnerships with other sectors.

DON’T FORGET
Our events are currently free thanks to continued support from Aberdeen City Council’s Cultural Fund. New members are always welcome so please do pass this information on to anyone who is working in the cultural scene in the North East. The last round of Cultural Conversations attracted over 250 members, there’s plenty of room for more.

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‘Our Business with Business’ Thursday 6 February Event

Our next free ‘Cultural Conversation’ takes place on the evening of Thursday 6 February at Carmelite, Aberdeen.

This will be an outstanding opportunity to interact with leading figures from both the business and the arts and ask any questions you have on sponsorship and in kind partnerships. 

The event will be a mix of presentations and networking and includes free food and refreshments.
Please note that numbers for this event are limited so please RSVP to aberdeen.positive@gmail.com a.s.a.p. and by 6pm on Friday 31 January at the latest.

Please note that registration will be from 6pm, the event will commence at 6.45pm and run until 9pm. If you are attending the launch of the SPECTRA Aberdeen Festival of Light  why not make time to come along to this event afterwards?
Our presenters will be;

If you’ve not already received an e-mail invitation to this event then you must not be on our free member mailing list so please do send a quick e-mail to Aberdeen.positive@gmail.com

Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ABPOZ and RT the event listing.

Yours sincerely Stewart Aitken, Chair, AB+

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Come and see Aberdeen’s ‘Culture Show’ this Thursday

Our next free Cultural Conversation takes place this Thursday 16 January 2014 at ACT Aberdeen and we have a wide range of presenters including Oil and Glass Gallery and Workshop, Jazz Scotland and SHMU FM ready to share their ‘cultural wares’.

We had to reschedule this event from 5 December due to the weather but the good news is that now even more people can come along.

AB+ is organising these free events, with support from BP and Aberdeen City Council’s Cultural Fund, to stimulate debate and discussion around some of the key issues affecting culture in the Aberdeen area. 

Want to come along and join in some cultural ‘speed dating’? Simply come along to the café bar at ACT Aberdeen (on King St) at 6.30pm this Thursday for a 7pm start – do send us an e-mail to Aberdeen.positive@gmail.com if you have time so we can make sure you are on our mailing list for future events (and to make sure we have enough complimentary drinks and snacks available).

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