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AB+ Weekly Round Up and Member Survey

Please Complete our Member Survey

ABpositive Member Survey 
If you want to have a say in the future plans of ABpositive then please complete our member survey before it closes at the end of this week  – it is short and sweet and can be completed using this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5CSRHSG

Thank you in advance for your time which is vital to the continued development of ABpositive member services.

Stephanie Vandem Family Album Exhibition – At Seventeen until 4th July

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Running from 4 June-4th July The Stephanie Vandem Family Portrait Exhibition is at Seventeen Aberdeen. Beautifully intimate and documenting relationships and love it really is a must see this summer.

The Big Creative Aberdeen Picture Event with ACVO

What could an arts project do for your business or organisation? Your community? Your hard to reach audiences? Your fundraising? Your awareness raising? Who could fund or resource it?

How as an artist or cultural organisation can you can you find out what opportunities exist or what is needed from you?

Why Art? Where  Art? What Art? How Art?

“Art and artists are inspiring … they offer ways of expressing complicated feelings … They can open up whole new horizons for people who feel they have very few.  They make a place look nice.  They make people feel good about themselves. Art projects can break … patterns of failure … by encouraging people to look at their situations with fresh eyes” Lord Andrew Mawson “The Social Entrepeneur: Making communities Work”.

We are all Creative – This is your invitation to become part of “The Big Creative Aberdeen Picture”  being opened by BBC Scotland’s Fiona Stalker on 16th June 2015 at 12.00-3.00 Instant Neighbour’s Home Comforts Store at Union Square :

–  To find out what an arts project could do and how to make The Big Creative Aberdeen Picture work for you, email  the title “Why I want Art. Where I want Art” to events@acvo.org.uk  We will  send you details of the day which will include Case Studies and an Expert Panel and options to  get involved.

–  Book free places  to take part in the Big Creative Aberdeen Picture event on 16th June. We will together create a picture focussing on the individual Localities that most concern you.

–  Become a Big Creative Aberdeen Resource and help with materials or donations for a giant collage – it might depict art in a park, in a building, on a website, at an event –  use your imagination and think what you can recycle or reuse! – or volunteer on the day! Email the title  “Big Aberdeen Resources” to events@acvo.org.uk if you can.

–  To get involved as an artist or cultural group and be an integral part of the event  email the title “What art” to events@acvo.org.uk and we will explore ideas with you.

As always we are available on Twitter and Facebook for updates and if you want to get in touch please email us at aberdeen.positive@gmail.com

The AB+ Team

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AB+ Weekly Round Up and Event Update

Creative Travel Awards for Young People

Aberdeen City Council is launching the Creative Travel Award for young people aged 18 – 25, living in Aberdeen. (The Award was formally known as the Diamond Jubilee Travel Bursary).

This Creative Travel Award offers a unique opportunity for two or three young people to undertake a residency with an arts organisation in Calgary, Canada.

The funding available is up to £7000 is to cover costs and this is flexible; it will for example fund travel, accommodation and living expenses in Calgary for up to 12 weeks. It can also fund training, a residency, mentoring, materials or studio production to make art or a film. Alternatively, the young person could shadow an organisation that programmes arts activity. Total funding available for all applications is £15000.

Applicants must be between 18-25 when applying. For more information about the award and the criteria for application please see  

http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/community_life_leisure/arts/culture/creative_travel_awards.asp

 

Edinburgh International Science Festival – Fuselab Go Aberdeen

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Fuselab GO will run in Aberdeen on 22/33, 25/26 June – 15 to 18 year olds

Calling all young aspiring engineers, designers and entrepreneurial thinkers!

Fuselab GO encourages participants to pioneer a new way of life by imagining the reality of human beings populating a new planet. You will be asked to think bigger than ever before on a completely blank canvas, developing out of this world solutions to real world problems through a series of workshops, skills, sessions, talks and games. Each event will be attending by a number of industry specialists whose role will be to provide support and guidance to all participants.

We are looking to recruit aspiring engineers, designers and entrepreneurial thinkers to help plan the future of this as yet uninhabited world; working together to seek out relevant skills amongst their colleagues then collaborating on the design, prototype and testing of ideas.

Fuselab GO will land in Aberdeen on 22/33, 25/26 June and we looking for 40 enthusiastic pioneers to take part. The boot camp is completely free of charge and lunch will be provided on each day. We are unable to offer assistance towards travel costs.

For more info please visit this page

Update on Our Event 

Update on ABpositive AGM and Networking Night
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
ABpositive’s AGM is the opportunity for members to hear about what has been happening over the past year and the plans going forward. We have one nomination so far for the board and we need at least two more so we have as wide a representation of the cultural community as possible. Anyone interested in putting themselves forward for the board (3 spaces available) please email the chair of ABpositive Stewart Aitken stewart@aiyf.org
Who, What, When, Where & Why Netwoking night Registration is straight after the AGM at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start finishing about 9.00pm We have a full house of presenters waiting in the wings to share their thoughts, ideas, work and also opportunities for collaboration so please come along and hear some interesting presentations.
Everything from literature to events, exhibitions to art therapy as well as how to get involved in shaping the future direction of ABpositive. Presenters include Alison Chandler (ACVO) Iain Halkett (Aberdeen Artists), Freda Morrison (Pushing out the Boat) Jen Shaw (Uni of Aberdeen), Artists Stephanie Vandem, Rachel Grant and Anita Bell on their different exhibitions and work along with contributions Yvonne Billimore (Scottish Sculpture Studio) and also Deveron Arts, ABpositive and Suttie Arts Space.
However if you have something burning to say and share we could probably squeeze one or two more people in so please let us know if you’d like to. Otherwise please support the presenters and come and enjoy the chance to chat, see the exhibition in the Arts Space. This event is hosted in partnership with the team from Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) and there will be a chance to view the Aberdeen Artists exhibition in the gallery. If you fancy presenting or coming along to the event then please RSVP to:aberdeen.positive@gmail.com as soon as possible so we can have enough refreshments available.
Both events that follows is for anyone interested in culture in the North East and ABpositive welcomes new members all year round – it is free to join our mailing list and to attend our events.
We hope to see you all there.

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

The AB+ Team

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September Member News

BIG ABERDEEN EVENT ON 22 SEPTEMBER 2014: There is still time to register to attend, see website for all the details.

EUROPEAN RESEARCHERS NIGHT,  26 SEPTEMBER 2014: See website for details of ‘Explorathon’ events – lots are free but some do require advance booking.

VISUAL ARTIST AND CRAFT MAKER AWARDS 2015: In a partnership with Creative Scotland, Aberdeen City Council has established two award schemes as a means of assisting individual artists and makers who reside in Aberdeen city. Funds can help towards activities that are integral to the practitioner’s personal and professional development, such as the immediate costs of researching, creating and presenting new work or advancing skills, technical ability and ideas. For further details on how to apply for up to £1,500 of funding please follow this link.  NB: Deadlines 30.11.14 & 21.02.15 and there is a Drop-In Session at Seventeen on the 25th October, 10:00 am – 14:00 pm.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME: Aberdeen City Council are holding an open call for an arts organisation, or partnership of organisations, to run the residency programme as part of Spectra: Aberdeen’s Festival of Light, in February 2015.   A budget of £50,000 is available to the successful organisation.Deadline for application is 5pm Monday 29th September. For further information, please contact ewinram@aberdeencity.gov.uk (Elspeth Winram), or call 01224 644885, or visit the website.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: NESCOL  are looking for a lecturer in Performing Arts – deadline 19.09.14, follow this link for further details.

EXHIBITIONS: As featured in previous AB+ events news from Louise Steadman and Shelagh Swanson.
Breathless Breastless: Following the success of our first exhibition in June we are delighted to be exhibiting until Friday 3 October at The Arts Centre & Theatre King Street 3 Aberdeen. We are proud to have recently exhibited at Clariant, Dyce and have also been invited to take a small exhibition to The Saltaire Festival, Bradford where we will be exhibiting at Vicars Cafe for 10 days from 13th September. For more information see website.
OIL & GLASS: ‘In Bloom’, new works by resident artist Hannah Beresford from 13 September until 1 October.

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Come and Network with the Networks

Our next event ‘Networking with the Networks’ will be held on Thursday 25 September at the Belmont Filmhouse. Our guest speaker line up includes Gillian Easson, Director of Creative Dundee and Joyce Duncan, Chief Executive of ACVO.

This event is free and open to anyone interested in culture in the North East but there is only so much room, so to secure your place e-mail us at Aberdeen.positive@gmail.com.  There will be tea and coffee from 6.30pm, presentations will start at 7pm followed by Q&A and networking until around 9pm.

If you want to do some background reading on Creative Dundee and the Creative City Networks then click on this link to read the highlights of the review, download further details and watch footage from great event held at Creative Scotland earlier this year.

 

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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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Want to Meet the Media?

Our next free ‘Cultural Conversation’ is a ‘lunch and learn’ at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum from 12pm to 2pm on Thursday 20 March.

This will be an opportunity to learn about the focus and requirements of local media in relation to arts and culture directly from editors and specialists working in the field. The panel will include representatives from print, broadcast and digital media including Original 106 and STV Aberdeen.

Please note that this event is free for AB+ Mailing List members but numbers are limited so please RSVP to aberdeen.positive@gmail.com by 6pm on Friday 14 March. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be included in the lunch but if you have any additional dietary requirements please do let us know when you RSVP.

The event will be a mix of presentations and networking with approximate timings as follows:

12pm – Registration and Networking
12.30pm – Presentations
1.15pm – Networking Lunch
2pm – End

Please share this post with anyone who you think would be interested in joining AB+ as it is currently free thanks to support from BP & Aberdeen City Council’s Cultural Fund. Also don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @ABPOZ and RT the event listing.

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Are You Taking Care of Business?

What a wonderful evening! Last Thursday, for the fourth edition of our free ‘Cultural Conversation’, business and arts leaders met and discussed the changing landscape of sponsorship in Scotland and the importance of arts and business relationships in the city.

For those who couldn’t make it, here’s a little bit of a round up.

Chaired by Stewart Aitken, AB+ Chair of Board and CEO of Aberdeen International Youth Festival, the event opened up the conversation about arts and its relationship to business.

The presenters for the evening were Tim Smith, Vice President Communications & External Affairs at BP UK, Elly Rothnie, Development Director at National Theatre of Scotland and Carl Watt, Project officer at Arts & Business Scotland, who kindly stepped in for David Watt.

Carl Watt, opened on the changing landscape of sponsorship in Scotland.  He noted that since the financial crisis hit some years ago that when larger organisation took a step back from sponsorship, an interesting development had occurred where SME’s and first time sponsors of the arts had started to recognise the value of sponsorship and stepped in to fill the gap; in many cases very successfully for both the arts organisation involved and the smaller to medium sized business.  He explained the Arts & Business Scotland role against this evolving backdrop and said that one of a number of focal points for the organisation had been to connect businesses that haven’t sponsored in the recent years with organisations looking for new sponsors, encouraging these businesses to get more involved in local communities.

He reminded everyone that sponsorship isn’t a donation, but more of an exchange and touched on the various scenarios of why a company would sponsor an arts organisation. He explained that businesses can use sponsorships to get closer to target markets, to create brand awareness or image association, to appear more innovative and creative, or to improve the poor company image.

He mentioned the importance of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and why businesses like to be associated with arts and cultural organisations. He explained that sponsorships with arts can play a key role in the staff personal development, encouraging them to be more active in the community and supporting the values and principles of the company.

Carl went on to outline ‘the real value of a sponsorship and said it isn’t the amount of money you need, but the value of what you can offer to the company, which is often way higher than the arts organisation expected. He concluded by encouraging arts leaders to define unique selling points (USP’s), to know their audiences and to think out of the box when it comes to what they offer to potential sponsors.

Tim Smith as the Vice President of Communications & External Affairs at BP started by explaining why businesses, and BP in particular, involve the organisation in the community and arts and culture. Some of the reasons were to give something back to the community, to attract talented staff, to give BP staff opportunity for growth by getting involved in the arts and culture, to differentiate BP from the competition and to invest in the ‘bank of goodwill’.

Tim Smith

Tim Smith

Tim talked about the 3C’s that drive the overall BP agenda: ‘Connecting through Culture, developing Capability and building Community capacity’. He then raised the question about what makes a good art and business partnership. He said that it takes a good understanding of each other’s objectives and of what you have for one another, a deep involvement and the establishment of a sustainable relationship.

And to the question of how to make a proposal stands out, he quoted what someone said to him one day when he went to pitch his proposal: ‘ Be clear, be quick, be gone’.

In this relaxed atmosphere, Elly Rothnie, Development Director at National Theatre of Scotland (NTS), started by explaining how her organisation made sponsorships work and gave some quirky examples. Talking about the NTS show ‘The strange undoing of Prudentia Hart’ show taking theatre into pubs and other unlikely venues, NTS managed to secure a sponsorship with Benromach Single Malt Whisky. Through this sponsorship, Benromach gained brand awareness by offering a wee dram of the whisky to the audience while NTS was able to ‘set the audience in the mood’.

AB+ Members in Discussion

AB+ Members in Discussion

Another example that Elly shared with us was the sponsorship by Mackie’s ice cream of one of the NTS shows called ‘The last polar bear’.

This show was billed as the UK’s first piece of carbon-light theatre with actors cycling from venue to venue on bikes, carrying sets and costumes, sponsored by Mackie’s.

This attracted a lot of attention on social media and fitted perfectly with Mackie’s aim to be the greenest company in the UK. Elly said the sponsorship worked on many levels and that the NTS provided Mackie’s with  ‘a great story to tell’, proving that sometimes we all need to think out of the box to develop quirky sponsorships and to show businesses how we can offer things money can’t buy.

After these three great presentations, raising the right questions and providing in-depth and fascinating answers, Stewart invited everyone to take part in a group activity. Working on two cases studies, audience discussed the relationships between business and the arts and cultural sectors.

Tim, Elly and Carl visited tables to offer expertise on sponsorship and business relationships.

This activity led to many discussions and offered lots of networking opportunities for the many AB+ members that were there.  All in all a really worthwhile and interesting evening and lots of excellent feedback from audience and presenters.

AB+ Members Network

AB+ Members Network

Please save the date for our next Cultural Conversation, Thursday March 20 for a lunch and learn with ‘Meet the media’ event.  Venue and timings to be confirmed but we’ll be in touch very soon!  In the meantime if you know of anyone who would be interested in these events please do drop us an e-mail to Aberdeen.positive@gmail.com it is currently free to join our member mailing list.

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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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