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Free creative art sessions for young people at the Aberdeen Art Gallery

Free workshops for young people at the Aberdeen Art Gallery, full press release below-

Young people from across the North-east are being invited to explore the art of portraiture during the October holiday at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

These free creative sessions for young people aged 14 – 19 years-old are inspired by the upcoming BP Portrait Award and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics.

The BP Portrait Award goes on show at Aberdeen Art Gallery from Saturday 12 November 2011 until Saturday 21 January 2012.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation encourages young artists of the future, from first-time gallery visitors to those who want to make art their career, by connecting them with other young people interested in portraiture and previous BP Portrait Award-winning artists.

The taster sessions will see participants work with artist Kelly-Anne Cairns and past BP Portrait Award winner Stephen Shankland, experimenting with a range of materials and exploring different approaches to portraiture.

The sessions will take place at Aberdeen Art Gallery at:

  • 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm on Tuesday 11 October;
  • 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm on Tuesday 18 October.

Full details are available at www.aagm.co.uk or telephone (01224) 523700 to book a place.

The taster sessions will be followed by two two-day Winter Schools in November which will provide a more intensive experience for aspiring artists to consider their artistic potential.

The two-day sessions will be held at:

  • 10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday 19 November/Sunday 20 November;
  • 10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday 26 November/Sunday 27 November.

Applications for places open on Wednesday 19 October and close at 5pm on Friday 04 November. For more information visit www.aagm.co.uk

The project has been developed in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Supported by BP, a Premier Partner for the Cultural Olympiad, it is hoped the project will leave a legacy after the London 2012 Games, by encouraging young people to draw and paint.


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