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Celebrate Aberdeen- 22/23 August 

Celebrate ABerdeen

Celebrate Aberdeen is back for another year with a fantastic lineup. Held on the 22 and 23 August there will be a host of free events.
The weekend will begin with a parade featuring different different charities, social enterprises and volunteering organisations. Performers over the two day event will include traditional folk singer Iona Fyfe, musician Colin Clyne and the Scottish rockers Uniform plus many more.

For full line up with times please see their website. 

Artists Wanted 


GRAMPIAN HOSPITALS ART TRUST are looking for submissions for exhibitions and/or projects for the Small Gallery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and The Dress Circle Bar in His Majesty’s Theatre.
For full guidelines please see their Website 
To apply send submission to
Tamsin Greenlaw

Exhibition Co-ordinator

Grampian Hospitals At Trust



AB25 2ZN

Win Tickets to Tech Fest 

Aberdeen Festivals are giving you the chance to win two tickets to TechFest’s ‘Demystifying BMI and the Truth About Fat’ at Robert Gordon University on Sunday 13th September at 5pm.

This event will explore the controversy surrounding BMI measurements. Join Dr Seleyha Ahsan, a practicing A&E Doctor in London, as she delves into the mysteries of BMI and the truth about fat.

To enter all you have to do is sign up to the newsletter, just click here. 

We hope you are all enjoying the sunshine this week. Follow us on Twitter to join in the cultural conversation.

Have a great week

The AB+ Team.

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Aberdeen Maritime Museum- Free Fashion Workshop- 3 Aug 1.30-3.30pm

Fashion Takeaway- The Nautical Look

Aberdeen Maritime Museum are putting on a free workshop for young people between14-19 years and there are still a few days to book a place.

The classic nautical look never goes out of fashion; appearing on runways the world over, time and time again.

Work with designer Monica Wisniewski to design and print your own bespoke, nautical tote bag to take away.

Develop skills in sketching, design and lino printing.

How to book:
To book a place on this workshop please contact Museum Liaison Officer Ethel Stewart:
Telephone: 01224 523677

Spectra 2016 Residencies 


Aberdeen City Council is seeking to commission an arts organisation or partnership of organisations with experience of participatory engagement and a track record of producing high quality and innovative work. To engage Aberdeen’s school pupils and their families in the creation of a participatory work(s), linking the project with CfE and presenting the project as part of SPECTRA, Aberdeen’s festival of light in February 2016.

There is no prescribed form for the final work(s), for example it could be an installation, a series of sculptural pieces, a participatory performance/parade or celebration with a visual element. There is a requirement that the work incorporates light as a medium within the physical presentation, offers a quality participatory experience and demonstrates high artistic quality, innovation, and a celebratory sense of scale and inclusion.

There is a budget of £25,000 for this commission and the closing date for applications is 5pm Sunday 2nd August 2015.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications should be emailed to and marked as ‘Light Festival Residencies’ in the subject heading. Alternatively, you can submit by post to:

‘Light Festival Residencies’
Elspeth Winram
Cultural Planning Officer
Aberdeen City Council
15-17 Belmont Street
AB10 1JR

For more information please click here

There are also still a few performances of AIYF to catch before it finishes. Check out the website for more info.

We hope you all have a great week

The AB+ Team

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Laurence Winram Photography Exhibition at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary


Photographer Laurence Winram has been invited by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) to exhibit his latest body of work in the Small Gallery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary/

Born and raised locally, Laurence is a professional photographer who is now based in Edinburgh.

Shadow is series of portraits which was initiated a few months ago as a collaboration between Laurence and the models within his work, with a number of the image ideas coming from the models themselves.

Exploring the depth of mood and ethereal quality that can be evoked by careful use of lighting and double exposure, Laurence has created this series of stunning photographs using his own home made camera lenses.

Shadow will be exhibited in The Small Gallery in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from July 20 to September 11 and can be accessed 24 hours a day.

AIYF Starts This Week! 

The highlight of summer is finally here as the Aberdeen International Youth Festival kicks off this week. One of the biggest celebration of youth arts. With young performers arriving in Aberdeen this week to take part the city will be buzzing once again this year.

Check out their website full information and make sure you keep track on twitter and Facebook for all the latest photos and updates. This years lineup is incredible and a real cultural explosion across the city.


Us the hashtag #aiyf if you manage to go to any of the events.

We hope you  all have a great week. The AB+ Team.

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Act Aberdeen Summer Carnival Workshops 

Summer carnival

The Act Aberdeen Summer Arts Carnival runs from Monday 6th July – Friday 7th August and  have lots of brilliant workshops for creative kids.  Have a look through the weeks and see what you would like to do, there is acting, ballet, 3D art, funky dance, big art, acting and make up, jewellery making, alien gloop and loads more!

Please click this link for full details of courses.

Advice Session for Made in Aberdeen Photographer and Writer Commissions
Seventeen – Aberdeen City Council
Thursday, 9 July 2015 from 14:00 to 16:00 (BST)
Aberdeen, United Kingdom

This is a free session to get information about the Made in Aberdeen Photographer and Writer commissions currently being advertised by Aberdeen City Council. If you are considering applying for one of these opportunities then you can come in and discuss the application process with Aberdeen City Council staff prior to submitting your application.

Please click here for tickets

Aberdeen Festivals-

aberdeen festivals

To keep up to date with all of the summer events and festivals make sure you check out the Aberdeen Festivals website as well as their Twitter with plenty of competitions and information of events around the city.

Aberdeen international Youth Festival is n the next couple of weeks. Make sure to grab your last minute tickets HERE

There really is something for everyone this year.

We hope you are enjoying the sunshine and have a great week.

The AB+ Team

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Members We Need Your Help!

A big thank you to everyone that has filled in our survey so far. We would now kindly ask if you could forward it on to your wider networks. We would love to hear as many responses as possible.

So please tweet/facebook/email the link to spread the word. You can find the link here.

Open Call for Artists

Scottish Sculpture Workshop

Deadline: 07 July 2015 at 17:00

Seventeen, Aberdeen and Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden are commissioning two artists; one established and one early career artist to work within a new collaborative project ‘Freed Market: How do we feed ourselves?’

‘Freed Market: How do we feed ourselves?’ is a durational project curated by Rachel Grant set within Seventeen, and linking with the monthly Belmont Saturday market in Aberdeen. Artists will generate public interventions and events over a period of four months. This will encourage dialogue between artists and citizens who inhabit the city centre. The project will ask the question: How do we feed ourselves?

The main project activity will take place between August and November 2015 with public talks, interventions and events, culminating in a final showcase and symposium at Seventeen. The project will also involve one week artists’ residency at Scottish Sculpture workshop from the 31st August to 7th September 2015.


Individual Artist Fee: £1500

Graduate artist fee: £1000 (up to three years out of graduation from undergraduate or post graduate education).

For more information and details on how to apply please visit the SSW wordpress. Deadline for application is 7 July 2015 at 5pm.

Free ‘Make Deck’ Summer Workshops for 14-19 year olds
Free creative learning workshops at Aberdeen Maritime Museum in July/August 2015


Aberdeen Maritime Museum – Workshops for Young People

Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums are offering an exciting new programme of creative, artist led workshops for young people aged 14-19 years. Try something different, meet other young people and have fun.
Workshops will take place at Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

All workshops are FREE!

Friday 17 July
The Nautical Look: fashion workshop with designer Monica Wisniewski.

Friday 24 July
The Make Deck Mystery: join artist Natalie Kerr and members of our Young People’s Collective as they introduce you to the wonders of the museum.

Friday 31 July
Photo Art: photography workshop with photographer Karen Catto and members of our Young People’s Collective.

Friday 7 August
The Luck of the Dice: join designer Phil Thompson and discover how to use chance and luck to your creative advantage!

For further information, please visit

AIYF Noye’s Fludde Community Opera Auditions 

AIYF Main Design

Auditions will be-From 4pm on Monday 29 June,

MacRobert Building- University of Aberdeen

AIYF presents Noye’s Fludde by Benjamin Britten, an exciting staging of a one-act opera based on the story of Noah’s Ark.

There are a variety of opportunities available to take part!

Working under the direction of Timothy Dean (Head of Opera, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and Paul Hudson, you could be part of a large chorus of animals, in a more experienced singing role, or an instrumentalist. Or you could work behind the scenes in set/costume design with a professional designer.

All ages and levels of experience welcome!

The opera is specifically designed to be performed by children, adults and families of any experience, alongside amateur and professional singers and musicians.

There will be a concentrated 2-week rehearsal period between 13-24 July when professional musicians, opera singers and director Timothy Dean will come together with members of the community from Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to rehearse and perform this wonderful work.

Queen’s Cross Church, Albyn Place, Aberdeen
Friday 24 July, 8pm & Saturday 25 July, 4pm and 8pm

For more information and to take part contact: or phone 01224 21380

As ever, thank you for your support. We hope you all have a great week.

The AB+ Team

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Peacock Visual Arts Open Call

Deadline for submission 03/08/2015

Peacock Visual Arts (Peacock) would like to invite proposals from artists, curators and organisations.

Peacock is the leading contemporary visual arts organisation in Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland. It is a place that brings artists and the public together through exhibitions‚ events‚ talks, residencies‚ film screenings‚ gigs and workshops to make and present art in exciting and innovative ways.

Peacock has three main areas of activity: exhibitions, printmaking and digital fabrication. We welcome proposals for all three areas.

The opportunity will carry pay/fees.

All proposals should include the following:

• Your name & contact details
• Biography (100 words max. Additional CV is optional)
• Project description (500 words max.)
• Schedule (with desired date/s if any and any other key dates)
• Budget outline
• Visual supporting material
Entries by email only to

Closing date for applications is 03/08/2015

All applicants will be notified by 10/08/15

Please visit their website for more information.

Opportunities at AIYF


Do you want to work at one of Aberdeen’s biggest festivals!

Dancers, singers, performers, there are many ways you can get involved. How about taking part in one the summer courses? Or participating in a community opera and performing at the festival?

There are also opportunities to expand your CV and work with the events team. There really is something for everyone.

Check out the website and Facebook page for more information.

Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2015


The 2015 Gray’s School of Art Degree Show will open to the public from 20 – 27 June, celebrating 12 years of BP sponsorship.

The show is an annual highlight in the arts calendar, showcasing the work of our graduating students. Many of our graduates have gone on to become leading names in art and design, so the show is a great opportunity to view the work of tomorrow’s creative stars today.

This year, Gray’s School of Art is celebrating 130 years of raising creative profiles in the North East.

Opening times
June 20 – 27, 2015
Saturday and Sundays, 10.00am – 5.00pm
Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 8.00pm

Another quick reminder about our AB+ Survey. If you have not done so already please fill it out. We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

Please click here.

As ever please keep connected with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a great week!

The AB+ team.

AB+ Event Wednesday 20th May

Be Involved in Our Next Event
Who, What, When, Where and Why Netwoking night- Wednesday 20th May

ABpositive’s AGM is the opportunity for members to hear about what has been happening over the past year and the plans going forward. It is a chance to share ideas for the future work and direction of the organisation and vote a board to take these ideas on.
Please come and support the event as ABpositive is a member led organisation and is here to provide a voice for the cultural sector in the North-east. Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for the board (3 spaces available) please email the chair of ABpositive Stewart Aitken
The Networking event that follows is for anyone interested in culture in the North East, ABpositive welcomes new members all year round – it is free to join our mailing list and to attend our events.

The ABpositive networking night, Who, What, When, Where and Why is an opportunity to share and hear about the wealth and breadth of activity and opportunities happening in the city and North-east. It is an open call for people to 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.
Then after the presentation there is plenty time to chat and make connections. This event is hosted in partnership with the team from Grampian Health Arts Trust (GHAT) and there will be a chance to view the Aberdeen Artists exhibition in the gallery.
If you fancy presenting then please RSVP to: as soon as possible and if you are coming along to either or both events it would be good to let us know so we can have enough refreshments available.

AB positive Events on Wednesday 20th May at The Suttie Arts Space – (within Aberdeen Royal Infirmary), Forresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZN.Enter through the main hospital entrance and as you pass the Aroma Café you’ll see signs pointing along the glazed corridor to the Pink Zone. The Arts Space is on the right before you get to the Zone.
AGM from 6.30pm – 7.00pm followed by Who, What, When, Where and Why Netwoking night Registration is straight after the AGM at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start finishing about 9.00pm
We look forward to seeing you all there

The `AB+ Team

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

greys school

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- or email:

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 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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Come See Who’s Doing What, Where, When and Why in the North East

Our next event is being held on Tuesday 1 July at 7pm at ACT Aberdeen.
We have a fantastic line up of people ready to tell you what they are up to including;

  • Aberdeen Film Festival
  • Aberdeen Art Gallery
  • Aberdeen Festivals Collective
  • Artist Stephanie Vandem
  • Aberdeen City Council
  • Breathless Breastless
  • Scottish Artists Union
  • Pushing the Boat Out Magazine
  • VisitAberdeen.

That’s a lot of presentations but don’t worry each presentation will last no more than 5 minutes leaving you plenty of time to network with fellow AB+ members and enjoy a complimentary drink.

Drop us an e-mail to to let us know you are coming. We will start at 7pm and finish by approximately 9pm.

Don’t forget new members are always welcome to our events which are free thanks to support from Aberdeen City Council’s Cultural Fund so please do spread the word!

Meet the Media Fully Booked!

Our lunchtime Meet the Media event on Thursday 20 March at Aberdeen Maritime Museum is now fully booked. If you would like to be added to the waiting list please drop us an e-mail to