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Arts Development is part of Aberdeen City Council’s Education, Culture and Sport Service and is led by professional practitioners.

Our Community Venue, Older Peoples and Outreach Programmes are linked together to enable individuals, groups and communities of all ages to learn skills that create life long changes.

We work in partnership to create sustainable and inclusive learning opportunities, encouraging citizens to realise their potential and involvement in the arts through projects, workshops, volunteering, training and exhibitions.

Our Aims

  • Break down barriers to participation in cultural activity.
  • Promote community engagement in culture and the arts.
  • Create projects recognised locally, nationally and in Europe.
  • Offer employment opportunities for local, national and international artists
  • Develop inclusive projects that link with heritage, public art, artists, international, new media and volunteering.

Facts and Figures

  • We offer over 20,000 local cultural learning opportunities every year.
  • Involve over 500 people per a week in cultural activity within Aberdeen.
  • Raised over £1,000,000 in funding over the past 5 years.
  • Organised over 1500 workshops annually.
  • Have productive partnerships with over 80 groups and organisations.

Learn Direct

Arts Development is a Learn Direct branded centre, which means we can welcome learners with Individual Learning Accounts (ILA’s) to participate at reduced rates. For more information click here.

Arts Development Staff

Arts Development is staffed by a Community Arts Manager, a team of Community Arts Officers, Arts Tutors and Clerical and Administrative staff. Practicing and degree qualified artists lead all workshops. Community Arts Officers each have a geographical or thematic remit.

Opening hours

Our office opening hours are: Monday – Thursday 9 -4.30pm, Friday 9 – 4pm

Contacting Arts Development

For further information on Arts Development in Aberdeen, please contact the Community Arts Manager:
Tel 01224 814740
Fax 01224 523666

e-mail: artsdevelopment@aberdeencity.gov.uk
Arts Development
Education, Culture & Sport
Ground Floor
AECC Balgownie 1
Conference Way
Bridge of Don
AB23 8AQ

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