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A Positive Step Forward…

Welcome to the first ‘post summer’ ABpositive newsletter. While we are aware that is has been a little while since we promoted any events and activities, we haven’t just been enjoying the summer and early autumn sunshine….we promise.

The ABpositive committee have been taking a little time to have a closer look at what we can deliver (with the resources available to us) that compliments the increased level of creative and artistic activity in the city. More exhibitions, shows, festivals and training events mean a bigger commitment of peoples time…and ABpositive doesn’t wish to add to that unnecessarily.

After much chat we have come to the conclusion that we do have an important role to play as part of it all – but with more focus on sharing, collaboration, meeting, chatting and networking. We have decided on a monthly Who, What, When, Why & Where event in the hope that people will want to share what they are doing, and others will want to come and hear what’s happening across the city and ‘shire

Who, What, When, Why & Where….

The format will be much the same as before with registration and refreshments between 6.30pm-7pm. From 7pm-8pm we will host up to 10 x 5 minute presentations along the general theme of Who, What, When, Why and Where artistic things are happening. We welcome people to come and talk about their practice, an upcoming event or exhibition, an idea they need help with, or just about themselves – for five minutes. Anyone interested in the cultural life of the North-East can get in touch and sign up to present at any of the sessions, and we encourage as many of you as possible to do so – it won’t work without you!

One change to the format will be that, on occasion, we will invite someone to talk for a bit longer about a specific topic that people have expressed an interest in – funding, city wide initiatives, cultural planning, training opportunities…..ideas for subjects and of potential speakers are very welcome.

From the end of the presentations until 9pm there will be more networking time and the opportunity to follow up with the presenters (after that it’s off to the pub…).

Please support – come and talk, listen, and create a wider network of creatives in the city making connections.

Call out for people to present at the first, and any other of the events. Get in touch at Presentations can be as fancy or as simple as you like…

WWWW&W Event Dates & Venues

Monday 31st October 2016 – ACT Aberdeen, King Street
Monday 28th November 2016 – ACT Aberdeen, King Street
Tuesday 24th January 2017 – O’Neils Bar, Back Wynd, Aberdeen (tbc)
Monday 20th February 2017 – ACT Aberdeen, King Street,
Monday 27th March 2017 – The Studio at HMT Aberdeen (access via theatre carpark to rear)
Monday 24th April 2017 – AGM at ACT Aberdeen 6pm-6.30pm followed by event
Tuesday 30th May 2017 – Woodend Barn, Banchory (tbc)
Monday 26th June 2017 – ACT Aberdeen, King Street
Monday 24th July 2017 – Kings Campus, University of Aberdeen

AB+ – events and thank you’s…

A huge thank you to everyone that attended our AGM, your support and enthusiasm is invaluable and very much appreciated. Special thanks goes to Marc Cole (City Centre Director for Aberdeen) for his talk and Q&A – lots of interesting plans and opportunities for further dialogue regarding the role of culture in the plan…


Don’t miss out, set yourself a reminder and get along to one, some or all of the upcoming events….

MAY FEST – 27th – 29th May
click here for the full programme – a veritable cultural feast (although gin lovers may be a little disappointed..and you will have to check the programme out to get our drift..)

Green Tease: First Aberdeen Get Together
Tuesday 31st May 6pm-8pm at The Lemon Tree
Join Creative Carbon Scotland and APA for our first ever Aberdeen Green Tease with tea, biscuits and discussion of the connections between the arts and environmental sustainability.
click here for further information

5SOLDIERS – Rosie Kay Dance Company                                                                                Gordon Barracks, Ellon Road, Bridge of Don
27th & 28th May
‘The five star, award-winning incredible show that you HAVE to see – it will change the way you think about war forever.’
click here for more information on this powerful piece


“Five Soldiers” by the Rosie Kay Dance Company, pictured at Edinburgh Castle, 31/03/2016: More information from: Wendy Niblock – PR consultant for Rosie Kay Dance Company – 07961 814 834 – Photography Rosie Kay Dance Company from: Colin Hattersley Photography – colinhattersley@btinternet.com – 07974 957 388

REMINDER…..last Monday of the month meet at The Belmont on 30th May 6pm-8pm….looking forward to seeing you there…

And lastly….keep an eye out for future ABpositive plans before the summer…check your emails for updates….


News & Events 24th March ’16

Mon 28th March – Last Monday of the Month Meet – Belmont Cinema Café from 6pm 

This is a new venture by ABpositive for 2016 in response to people asking about where they can find out about what’s going on.  Each last Monday of the month some of the ABpositive board will be in the café bar at the Belmont to chat about whatever people want to – what’s on, project ideas, connections, funding, possible events, issues – you name it.  No agenda – just a time to meet and chat.

CREATIVE FUNDING – Aberdeen City Council  – NOW OPEN

To find out more and to download Guidelines and an Application Form, please visit the website and follow the Creative Funding link.  Alternatively you can email or call 01224 522341 to request copies or speak to a member of the Team.

A busy week in the cultural life of the city and shire….

The coming week will see plenty of major shows and events including Lights Oot at The Music Hall and  Granite Finale performances at The Marischal College,  follow the links for more information and booking.

There are lots of other interesting happenings and openings over the Easter period – here’s a few, click for more info…

Festival of Politics

Go Here Exhibition at GHAT

Mini Fest at Woodend Barn

Acknowledge Me! Solo Exhibition by
Stephanie Vandem at ACT


The Brutalist Playground: ‘Part sculpture, part architectural installation, all play.’

Organisers of Aberdeen’s Look Again Visual Art & Design festival have announced that Assemble (recent winners of the Turner Prize) with artist Simon Terrill, will headline it’s annual event in Aberdeen from Thursday 28th April to Monday 2nd May with ‘The Brutalist Playground’The five-day event is part of Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 – an initiative delivered by VisitScotland – and includes a diverse programme of exhibitions and events across the city.  For more information on this exciting festival visit their website at

Other dates for your diary…

Monday 28th March – Last Monday of the Month Meet at Belmont Cinema – 6pm

Tuesday 12th April – CRABmeet at SixDegreesNorth – from 6.30pm

Monday 25th April – Last Monday of the Month Meet at Belmont Cinema – 6pm

Friday 29th April – ABpositive AGM – venue tbc

Tuesday 10th May – CRABmeet at SixDegreesNorth – from 6.30pm

Monday 30th May– Last Monday of the Month Meet – 6pm Belmont Cinema

Tuesday 31st May – Green Tease Event (the role of the arts in approaching sustainability) The Lemon Tree (in partnership with APA and Creative Carbon Scotland) – 6pm

 date tbc – Culture Plan Draft Consultation

Ideas for other events welcome and please look out on our social media channels for announcements on other ABpositive activities


Updates – 2nd March ’16


Many thanks to all who came along to this event, there was plenty of interesting chat and good ideas on the night – the various notes from the discussions will be fed into the process alongside the results of the many other events looking at the emerging themes of the plan. A draft will be bought together over the next two months which will go out again for consultation prior to the final plan being produced. ABpositive will host another event around the cultural plan at that stage.


Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding
open to application from March 14th

The first application round of the Creative Funding Programme will open on the 14th March with a deadline of the 22nd April. A second application round will open on the 6th June with a deadline of the 8th September.

Combining the previous Cultural Awards Project Funding and Artist Bursaries, this programme will provide individuals with the opportunity to apply for funding of up to £2000, and cultural organisations, community groups and charities up to £15,000, with the aim of delivering creative activity in Aberdeen

A formal announcement will be made in due course and more information, along with application forms, can be downloaded via from the 14th March.

We will be hosting a free Creative Funding Event on the 23rd March (6pm-8pm) at Seventeen on Belmont Street providing prospective applicants with the opportunity to find out more and including presentations and performances from previous applicants. If you would like to attend please click here to RSVP


‘Only The Improvisation Remains Constant’

Opening Night – 23rd March 6-9pm at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road

Exhibition featuring work from

‘The Contemporary Art Graduates-in-Residence’

Caitlyn Main ~ Tako Taal ~ Claire Cooper

Beka Hill ~ Laura Reilly

Exhibition runs from 24th March – 1st April


events at the

Music Hall Transformation Closing Weekend

‘Be part of the Music Hall history before lights go out for the transformation’

CONNECT:ED – Thursday 31st March
Concert by Aidan O’Rourke and Jason Singh

YOUR HALL YOUR STORY – Friday 1st April
Live story telling – funny, inspiring, true

HOOTENANNY – Saturday 2nd April
Featuring ‘Scottish Ceilidh Allstars’

For more info and to book tickets click here

Other dates for your diary…
Monday 28th March – Last Monday of the Month Meet at Belmont Cinema – 6pm
Tuesday 12th April – CRABmeet at SixDegreesNorth – from 6.30pm
Monday 25th April – Last Monday of the Month Meet at Belmont Cinema – 6pm
Friday 29th April – ABpositive AGM – venue tbc
Tuesday 10th May – CRABmeet at SixDegreesNorth – from 6.30pm
Monday 30th May- Last Monday of the Month Meet – 6pm Belmont Cinema
Tuesday 31st May – Green Tease Event (the role of the arts in approaching sustainability) The Lemon Tree (in partnership with APA and Creative Carbon Scotland) – 6pm
date tbc – Culture Plan Draft Consultation

Ideas for other events welcome and please look out on our social media channels for announcements on other ABpositive activities

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Who, What, When, Where and Why ?

AB Positive Networking night…
Hosted by Quids In Theatre Company
Tuesday, November 24th – 7pm
Upstairs at O’Neills, 9-10 Back Wynd, AB10 1JN

We are pleased to announce the exciting presentations discussing a varied number of projects and developments across the North-east:

– Our host for the night, Annie Begg of Quids In Theatre Company will open the evening discussing various upcoming events which the professional theatre company are spearheading in Aberdeen.

– Angela Joss of Aberdeen Inspired will be speaking to us about the exciting development of a new culture app.

– Sywia Banasiak & Tomasz Wrobel will be talking about their plans for the newly opened New Wave Gallery which will create new opportunities for established and emerging artists.

– George Milne is a representative of the Granite Project and will be speaking about work being done from the perspective of the writers group.

– Jenni Fraser – Visit Aberdeen Business Development Manager – will enlighten members about her role and how the cultural sector plays a part in future plans.

– Joining us from Grays School of Art is Head of Fine Art, Allan Watson. Allan is part of an interesting new exhibition called Noughts and Crosses which has just opened at ACT Aberdeen.

– We will hearing from Fiona Soe Paing who will be introducing her new audio-visual performance, Alien Lullabies, which will be touring in the UK next year with support from Creative Scotland.

– We will also hear from Wendy Jane Ivers who will be showcasing her lifelong project – a meta-narrative that captures and presents for scrutiny the life, work and testimony of Wendy Jane Ivers.

AB+ Upcoming Events

Arts & Culture: ‘The journey of a work of art’

Hosted by Brodies LLP, supported by AB Positive. 

Wednesday, 18th November 

Noon to 1.30pm:
 Brodies House, 31-33 Union Grove, AB10 6SD

We are delighted to invite you to attend this informative seminar designed to highlight the key legal, accountancy and professional matters which affect those working in or interested in the arts and cultural sector.

This event gives AB Positive members a fantastic opportunity to learn from reputable professionals about topics that help to protect vital artistic and cultural interests.

Certainly a not to be missed event!

For more information and to SIGN UP – please visit the following link:

Who, What, When, Where and Why? – We need you to talk to us.

This is an open call out to those interested in presenting or supporting projects.

AB Positive Networking night… Hosted by Quids In Theatre Company

Tuesday, November 24th – 7pm

Upstairs at O’Neill’s, 9-10 Back Wynd, AB10 1JN 

This next event is an opportunity to share and hear about the wealth and breadth of activity and opportunities happening in the city and North-east in the coming year.

A series of presenters will make five minute presentations about what they do, where they do it, when it’s happening or who they’d like or need to work with.

Afterwards, there is plenty time to chat and make connections.

This event is open to anyone interested in supporting culture in the North East. If you would like to present then please RSVP to: as soon as possible.

AB+ Weekly Round Up

Help Shape the Cultural Future of Aberdeen

This week sees the launch of an early opportunity for residents to play a key role in developing a shared vision and series of priorities for the future development of arts and culture in Aberdeen.

Culture Aberdeen is the working title for the process of developing a Culture Plan for Aberdeen. As part of it, two groups – Citizens Circle and the Culture Network – will be supported by Aberdeen City Council to work closely together to look at the city’s cultural offering and create a series of ideas and actions to celebrate and develop it further.

The Culture Network currently consists of more than fifteen cultural, academic and third sector organisations in Aberdeen and is in the process of creating a renewed plan for the future development of arts and culture.

Members of the Citizens Circle will work alongside the Network to develop this plan with members being offered a range of opportunities to experience different cultural activities across the city, including exhibitions, festivals and shows, as well as interactive events led by Service Design Agency, We are Snook.

The Citizens Circle will initially meet four times between October 2015 and March 2016, with the first meeting taking place on Thursday 15 October. All members will be expected to attend the majority of these meetings while also being supported to participate in cultural activities out with these meetings. Interested residents can register their interest to participate by visiting the website: For more information or if you have any questions please email or telephone 0141 258 7644.

The deadline for applications is Monday 05 October 2015.

Open Call Exhibitions 

‘To the North;

Aberdeen City Centre Outdoor Photography Exhibition- Open Call

Develop North in partnership with Metro Imaging are excited to announce the first Open Call Submissions for a prominent outdoor Photography Exhibition in the heart of Aberdeen City Centre this Autumn.

They are looking for submission of contemporary photographic work that examine ‘The experience of the north’. This may be a response to political, social or cultural interests, or perhaps poetic, conceptual or critical perception of what it is to experience the north.

They are accepting entries from across the north of Scotland and beyond.

The work will be judged by a panel of professionals from Gray’s School of Art and printed by Metro Imaging to feature in a prominent city centre exhibition throughout Autumn.

For SUbmission details please click here.

True North Festival


True North- Aberdeen’s festival of music and song is this weekend Friday 25th-Sunday 27th September at the Lemon tree and across various locations across Aberdeen’s city centre.

The lineup is amazing with Ivor Novello winner Tom Odell headlining.

For full line up and tickets see here.

There are some great things happening at the moment and it is an exciting time for Aberdeen.

Follow us on twitter @abpoz and remember to tweet us any cultural events that are happening.

The AB+ Team

AB+ Weekly Round Up

Summer may be over but there is not one but TWO festivals starting this week.

Techfest 2015 September 11th- 2 October

Techfest starts this Friday and has a fantastic lineups of events.


TechFest is Aberdeen and North-East Scotland’s annual festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The Festival aims to promote STEM subjects to young people and to the wider community by providing an accessible, diverse and entertaining programme. TechFest Science Festival is highly regarded as a key event within education, industry and the wider community, and is well supported by the Scottish Government, Local Authorities, Industry and Further Education Establishments.

For full details on the lineup and how to get involved please click here. 

NEOS- North East Open Studios- 12th-25th September 

The award winning North East Open Studios (NEOS) opens the doors to creativity. The series of events promote arts, crafts and galleries whilst bringing together artists, makers and designers throughout the North East of Scotland.


for full lineup and programme please click here

Year of Young people 2018 Workshops

10 November 2015 @ the University of Aberdeen – 8 to 25 year olds

2018 will be the Year of Young People, which will celebrate young Scots locally, nationally and globally.

The Year of Young People will be led by young people. To start the journey towards 2018, a steering group of children and young people, supported by Children in Scotland, the Scottish Youth Parliament and Young Scot, will be engaging with Scotland’s youth to develop and deliver recommendations to the Scottish Government on what shape the year should take. Discussion Days will take place across Scotland which will see the group listening to children and young people to hear their hopes and aspirations for the Year of Young People in 2018.

We invite you and the children and young people (aged 8-25) you work with to attend one of the following Discussion Days:

  • 16:00-19:00 – Thursday 3 September at Hampden, Glasgow
  • 16:00-19:00 – Thursday 1 October at North Inch Community Campus, Perth
  • 11:00-14:00 – Tuesday 10 November the University of Aberdeen

A national event to present insights gathered and take additional feedback will take place on Wednesday 2 December at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

To register young people, or as a stakeholder, please visit

Tweet us at @abpoz if you are attending any cultural events or festivals this week.

The AB+ Team

AB+ Weekly Round Up

Aberdeen Performing Arts Need Writers!

Deadline: 21 September 2015 at 17:00

The Lemon Tree Scratch Nights-Call for Script Submissions

Aberdeen Performing Arts are giving a call out to writers from or based in the North East for script submissions of 8-10 minute excerpts of new writing on the theme of My Aberdeen.

Submission Deadline:

My Aberdeen- 5pm Monday 21st September

Scratch Night:

My Aberdeen- Thursday 8th October

To be suitable for a Scratch Night, scripts must be between eight and ten minutes long and be able to be performed as a monologue or a two or three hander. They can be short stand alone pieces or an excerpt from a longer script. Your excerpt should be possible to stage with minimal props, sound and lighting requirements and we ask that you consider copyright when thinking about including music.Other than that, be creative and interpret the theme in whatever way you like. This is your chance for your writing take centre stage and show us 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.

The playwrights will be invited to attend their rehearsal on the day of the event. Taking part will offer the playwrights the opportunity to see their work up on its feet for the first time and to gain feedback from the audience, actors and director.

For more information on submissions please click here.

ALT W Fund

Deadline Tuesday 1 September

Initiated by Scottish Screen in 2000, the Alt-w Fund is for practitioners based in Scotland to make and develop new artworks, devices and creative applications that challenge the notions of what new media creativity can be.

The fund supports artists to explore experimental and interactive practice, make use of technology as both medium and message, and recognise the changing role that digital culture has in our society.

Cycle 11 of the fund has a strategic thematic focus on architecture and will be delivered in partnership with the Travelling Gallery and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Guidelines are available to download Here.

Creative Europe Match Funding

Creative Europe’ is the EU programme which supports the European cultural and creative sectors. With a budget of €1.46 billion for 2014-2020, the programme aspires to support artists, cultural and audiovisual professionals and organisations in the performing arts, fine arts, publishing, film, TV, music, interdisciplinary arts, heritage, and the video games industry. The funding aims to support the delivery of activity across Europe, promoting collaboration and helping the sectors to reach new audiences and develop skills and knowledge.

An open call for funding of ‘Cooperation Projects’ is to be made in July 2015 with a deadline of early October 2015, and Aberdeen City Council are providing the opportunity for interested organisations to apply for match-funding towards an application.

The aim is to support local organisations to work collaboratively with partners from across Europe and up to £15,000 per annum towards the cost of one application to the Cooperation Projects strand is available. This will result in a contribution of up to £60,000 across the maximum four year project cycle.

To apply, interested organisations should read the guidelines below and submit an ‘Creative Europe Match-Funding Application’ via email to no later than 5pm on the 18th of September 2015.

We hope you are all looking forward to Celebrate Aberdeen this coming weekend. Follow them on Twitter to see the latest photos and updates.

We hope you all have a great week.

The AB + Team.