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! INFORMATION ! This blog is no longer updated

In July 2013 Aberdeen City Council’s Arts Development and Arts Education teams merged to become the Creative Learning Team.

Therefore this blog is not monitored and serves only as an archive of previous activity of the Arts Development team and does not reflect the work the Creative Learning team is currently undertaking.

For up to date information please find us on:








Due to unforseen circumstances, this weekends Artist Led Weekend: Painting the Figure in Oils with Kelly Anne Cairns has been CANCELLED. This class will now take place Sat 17 and Sunday 18 August, 10.30am – 4.30pm. There are still a few spaces available on this workshop, £70 for Accord card holders £80 for non Accord card holders. To book or find out more information please call 01224 814728.


Step Change: Call for Creative Practitioners

The Creative Learning Team is part of Aberdeen City Council, Education, Culture and Sport. The team works to improve outcomes for individuals and communities through the arts, culture and creativity.

Are you a Creative Practitioner?

musician/drama practitioner/public artist/writer/dancer

photographer/film maker/visual artist/designer…..

From May 2013 – 2015, Step Change aims to improve outcomes for young people at risk of or involved in offending in Aberdeen. 

We are looking to develop a database of Creative Practitioners who have:

  • a minimum of 2 years experience in using their specialist art form(s) in participatory settings
  • the ability to establish a rapport and proven track record in building relationships with challenging young people who are in the Youth Justice System

 If you have the appropriate skills and experience and are interested in sessional work* please complete the application form.

(*sessional work 3+ hours per week in blocks of 5 – 10 weeks).

Fees: £175 per day (pro rata) inclusive of preparation and delivery.

 Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a short interview for submission to the programme. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to access free training in this field and to deliver sessions as part of the Step Change programme.


To apply for this opportunity please email creativelearningteam@aberdeencity.gov.uk

and request the Creative Practitioner profile and application form.

Application deadline:        10.00am, Friday 5 July

Interview dates:                  Tuesday 30 / Wednesday 31 July

If you require further information please contact Elspeth Winram on ewinram@aberdeencity.gov.uk.


Sign up quick!

Whitespace square small paintings London trip etc
Only a few places left on this weekend specialist class with Arts Kelly-Anne Cairns;
Capturing the Human Figures in Oils at Rsoemount C.C. 22 and 23 June 10.30am – 4.30pm.
£70 with Accord Card, £80 without. Call Arts Development on 01224 814740 to book your space!

Open day and free ceramnics taster sessions at Dyce Community Centre

Come along to Dyce Community Centre and ‘Have a go’ with the Aberdeen Potters on 23rd May 10.00 am – 2.30pm.

The Potters are a group who meet regularly at Dyce and are looking for new memebers
A chance to come along and meet some enthusiastic ceramicists and their experienced tutor. You will be able to try your hand at a verity of techniques such as handbuilding, glazing and wheelthrowing.
All levels and abilities welcomed!

Arts Development in the press

We are famous!

Clink on this link to go to an article on the STV News website,  highlighting Arts Developments recent work in Aberdeen’s twin city of Regensburg, Germany.





Due to inclement weather we have the taken the decision to cancel our jewellery class this evening (6.30-8.30pm) and also the jewellery daytime class tomorrow (10-12 noon). A replacement class for the evening session will now take place on Wed 27 March 6.30-8.30pm and the daytime class is rescheduled for Thurs 28 Mar 10-12 noon.

Arts Development would like to apologise for any inconvenience casued.

Arts Development Sound Project featured on Radio Scotland

Please click on the link below to find out more about this piece of work which recently gained some interest from Radio Scotland.




!Adult Class Cancellations due to weather!

Due to inclement weather the following class cancellations will apply;

Adults Evening Jewellery Making Class at Ruthrieston Community Centre, scheduled to run tonight  (Wednesday 5th December, 7-9pm)  This class will not take place and an additional session will now be held on Wednesday 12th December, 7-9pm.

 Adult Jewellery Making Daytime Class at Ruthrieston Community Centre, scheduled to run tomorrow (Thursday 6th December. This class will not take place and an additional session will  now take place on Thursday 20th December, 10am-12noon.

Arts Development is sorry for any inconvenience caused, however these circumstances are outwith our control. Please get in touch with us on 01224 814740 if you require any further information.

Creative Communities Project

Creative Communities is Arts Development, Aberdeen City Council’s programme of art projects/events/workshops in the cities regeneration areas and is funded by the Fairer Scotland Fund.  From October 2012 to April 2013 there will be a host of imaginative and inspiring creative opportunities for residents of all ages from the cities 7 regeneration areas;

Each area will be allocated a lead artist

Each project will run over 4 weeks.

Each areas project will culminate in a fun community event.

The projects are for residents of all ages from the cities Regeneration areas, and the programme offers opportunities to be involved in many different art forms.  While you may find it most convenient to attend workshops/events in your area we encourage and welcome cross over between areas and all sessions can be attended by residents from other regeneration areas.

Projects will happen in:


Northfield & CummingsPark






Each area will have a launch day which will take place a week before the project starts, this will take the form of an ice-cream van/ pop up art workshops.  Get your free ice cream or tea/coffee if a chilly day and learn about the project that is happening is happening in the area.

Listen out for the ice-cream van in your area!

Creative Communities’ goes digitalAlong side the programme of workshops, the creative communities’ project will have an online presence, keeping you up to date with latest developments, offering inspiration and assigning online arts projects for you to get involved with.

Check us out at:

Face book: https://www.facebook.com/creativecommunitiesaberdeen

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CC_Abdn

Blog: www.creativecommunitiesaberdeen.blogspot.co.uk

For further information please contact Margaret Stewart, Community Arts Officer on 01224 814740 or mstewart@aberdeencity.gov.uk