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Laurence Winram Photography Exhibition at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

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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.

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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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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.

Fees-

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

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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.

http://www.aagm.co.uk/WhatsOn/Events/34650-FASHIONTAKEAWAYTHENAUTICALLOOK.aspx

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.
http://www.aagm.co.uk/WhatsOn/Events/34653-THEMAKEDECKMYSTERY.aspx

Friday 31 July
Photo Art: photography workshop with photographer Karen Catto and members of our Young People’s Collective.
http://www.aagm.co.uk/WhatsOn/Events/34656-PHOTOART.aspx

Friday 7 August
The Luck of the Dice: join designer Phil Thompson and discover how to use chance and luck to your creative advantage!
http://www.aagm.co.uk/WhatsOn/Events/34660-THELUCKOFTHEDICE.aspx

For further information, please visit http://www.aagm.co.uk/WhatsOn/Events/34663-MAKEDECK.aspx

AIYF Noye’s Fludde Community Opera Auditions 

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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.

Performances:
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: projects@aiyf.org 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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Firstly a big thank you to all who attended our latest event on Wednesday, we hope you found the night insightful and inspiring. With a special thank you to Grampian Hospitals Art Trust for hosting.

Creative Travel Award for Young People- Advice Sessions

This event is to book on to the advice session with Gary Cameron Cultural Planning and Partnership officer and Rachel Grant previous award recipient on Tuesday 26 May 10 am – 12 noon and Wednesday 27 May at 2 – 5 pm at Seventeen.

Here is a quick reminder of the criteria for who can apply.

Who can apply?

Applicants must:

  • Be 18 – 25 years of age at time of applying
  • An Aberdeen city resident.
  • Be available to travel in 2015 until March 2016 and
  • Have relevant documentation to travel. (Shortlisted applicants will be asked to show documentation).
  • Are confident and motivated to undertake a
  • residency/training opportunity in Calgary.
  • Show outstanding talent and/or potential in any art form (this includes, but is not limited to, the visual and performing arts, music, literature, media and creative industries).
  • Be able to develop or facilitate new work.
  • Demonstrate an ability to profile their work.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday June 3 2015 at midnight.

This will be a great opportunity to hear more about the award and the criteria for application. For more information and to book tickets please click here.

May Festival is Next Week – Get your Tickets Fast!

May Fest

May Festival is next weekend the 29th- 31 of May and tickets are selling out fast. Take a look at the brochure here.

With a huge variety of events happening there really is something for everyone. To book tickets go to APA Website or call Aberdeen Box Office on 01224 641122

There are some great events happening over the summer and we are excited to share them all with you. Keep up to date on our Twitter and Facebook.

We hope you all have a lovely bank holiday weekend.

The AB+ Team

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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.

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.

The AB+ Team

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Whats On-

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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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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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-
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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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Thank you from the AB+ Team

Our events or going from strength to strength and we are so pleased to see the range of artists and organisations getting involved with AB+. From all of us it’s a big THANK YOU.

AB+ Networking Event at RGU

Thanks to all who attended our event on Tuesday and made it such a success. With a range of fantastic speakers taking to the floor, the event highlighted the diverse range of cultural activity happening in Aberdeen and it was great to see all attendees networking and making contacts at the end of the evening.

With special thanks going to Natalie Kerr at RGU for hosting the event at Riverside East, which was a fantastic space. Check out our twitter @ABPoz as we live tweeted straight from the event.


Calling All Artists!

Keeping on the theme of success a new Art Project will be coming to Aberdeen this May (Which started from connections made at one of our networking events)

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://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=afdb26cca34470b73076b1931&id=32adee2122


Good News- Funding Boost for Aberdeen Festivals

We are thrilled to report that VisitScotland has given £25,000 for a new international marketing campaign to promote Aberdeen’s broad range of festivals.

The campaign will aim to align Aberdeen’s festivals, which include everything from music and the visual arts to science and dance, with the city’s rich array of food and drink and its accommodation.

This is fantastic news and will promote Aberdeen’s cultural scene on a wider international scale, boosting not only the cultural status of Aberdeen but also will have major benefits to the tourism industry as a whole.

To find out more about all of the up and coming festivals see

http://aberdeenfestivals.com/

What’s On-

One Act Play Festival 2015 is on Thursday 26 February at Act Aberdeen. Eight amateur drama teams from the City and Shire are poised to entertain you with plays of a serious nature to comedy. Each play will last 20 minutes minimum to 50 minutes maximum. This is a fantastic way to support our local talent in the region and see some of the areas up and coming theatre stars.

To book tickets

http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/one-act-play-festival-2015

Reminder of our next event-

Our next event is Culture in the North East: Life After The Referendum will be a lunchtime event on Thursday 5 March. Please keep a look out on our twitter ABPoz for details, or sign up to our mailing list here.

We hope you all have a great, culture packed week.

The AB+ team.

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