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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


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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.


 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

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We hope you all have a great week

The AB+ Team


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Guest Blog: Get Vital Funding with International Twinning Grant

Laura Paterson, Twinning & International Partnerships Officer

Aberdeen City Council’s Twinning and International Partnerships team is encouraging individuals, groups and organisations to consider the International Twinning Grant as a means of additional funding for cultural activities. Administered from the Common Good Fund, the funding offers financial support to events and exchanges which unite Aberdeen with any of its five twin cities.

Following confirmation of a successful application, funding of up to £7,000 can be provided to those interested in taking part in a twinning project. Several organisations from the city have benefitted from the funding, including Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Peacock Visual Arts.

The International Twinning Grant can provide additional support to a variety of activities, from collaborative projects to exchange visits. Aberdeen has built strong relationships with its five twin cities, and project grants continue to strengthen these links by providing vital financial assistance for a range of interesting and exciting twinning activities

Applications for the International Twinning Grant can be submitted throughout the year.

For more information contact Laura Paterson on lapaterson@aberdeencity.gov.uk or visit the website.


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Guest Blog: Barry Donaldson, Reading Bus

AB+ Member Barry Donaldson, tells us about The Scottish Book Trust’s Book Trailers initiative and event taking place in Aberdeen on World Book Day on Thursday 6 March.

For more information about the Book Trailers event and Aberdeen City councils other literacy initiatives, including The Reading Bus, please contact Barry Donaldson, Development Officer for Literacy

Twitter: TheReadingBus@ReadingBus1

E-Mail: bdonaldson@aberdeencity.gov.uk readingbus@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Back in August 2013 the literacy team at Aberdeen City Council were introduced to Scottish Book Trust’s. The team could immediately see the wide possibilities of this initiative. Book Trailers are a great way to engage pupils with reading in the digital realm, and they are a fabulous way to combine a number of different skills across the curriculum.

The recent SSLN literacy survey revealed that between P4 and S2 those who ‘agree a lot’ or ‘agree a little’ that they enjoy reading drops from 92% to 62%. As part of a wider initiative to engage young people across the city with reading, the team decided to host a local Book Trailers event in Aberdeen. The Aberdeen city competition invites pupils to create a Book Trailer for any book they would highly recommend.

Primaries and secondaries across Aberdeen have been invited to take part, and the team have been overwhelmed with the interest in this project. One school is putting in six entries, including a collaboration between a P1 class and a P7 class. Another school is creating a Book Trailer as a transition project with nursery and P1 pupils. In addition, one book trailer has been created in Polish.

Scottish Book Trust’s CPD materials on Book Trailers have greatly supported teachers with this exciting initiative.

There will be an awards ceremony/screening event on World Book Day, Thursday 6 March, in Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema.

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Fancy some cultural ‘speed dating’ this Thursday evening?

Our next free ‘Cultural Conversation’ takes place on Thursday 5 December at ACT Aberdeen from 6.30pm.  Presenters include Quids In Theatre Company, Jazz Scotland, Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and SHMU FM.

Anyone already working in or with the cultural sector in Aberdeen City or Shire OR anyone who aspires to make links with colleagues in culture is welcome.

We will be gathering at the ACT Aberdeen Café Bar from 6.30pm for a 7pm start with a view to the event finishing around 9pm.  Short, sharp presentations will be followed networking with presenters and fellow AB+ members.  Free drinks and snacks will also be served.

These ‘Cultural Conversations’ are a great opportunity to work collectively to promote cultural activity in Aberdeen City and Shire and are free with thanks to support from BP and Aberdeen City Council’s Cultural Fund.

To register for this event and to join AB+ for free simply send an e-mail to aberdeen.positive@gmail.com


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