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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.

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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.

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.

Catherine Street Knitting Group

Wednesdays 1.30 – 3.30pm at Catherine Street Community Centre
Come along to knit, crochet, chat, be inspired, share knowledge and ideas and if you like, contribute to group projects and charity knitting. Bring along your needles, yarn and £1 (this covers your tea/coffee and fine piece). There is no tuition in this group, but there is a willingness amongst the group to share skills.
Catherine Street Knitting GroupMain Contact – Community Arts Officer: Margaret Stewart
Catherine Street Knitting Group
Catherine Street Community Centre
Catherine Street (off George Street)
AB25 1EU

River Don Artist-in-Residence opportunity

Public Art Aberdeen (PAA) and the Sustainable Urban Fringes (SURF) Aberdeen project would like to commission a freelance artist or artists to work as artist-in-residence in the River Don Corridor, an area of ‘urban fringe’ in Aberdeen.  This opportunity is open to local, national and international artists of all disciplines.

The SURF Aberdeen project aims, through a process of collaboration, to improve the planning, management and perceptions of open spaces along the ‘River Don corridor’ in Aberdeen – an area made up of the River Don and surrounding open spaces, from coast to country.

The role of the artist in this commission is to develop, along with PAA and SURF Aberdeen, a ‘Public Art Plan’ for the River Don corridor, through a process of engaging and collaborating with its communities to create temporary public artwork(s) which explore, examine, highlight and discuss issues surrounding public space in the area.

Deadline for submissions Mon 20 August 2012

For more information and details on how to apply click on the link below.

River Don Commission

or email publicart@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Lightspeed Olympic Public Art for Aberdeen


Do you think you keep up with the fastest man alive?  Reckon you can beat the Scottish 100 metres record? Well get your trainers on and find out!


Lightspeed isAberdeen’s Olympic Public Art Commission; it’s an interactive installation celebrating the 100metre race created by artists Jo Hodges and Robbie Coleman. Its 100 years since the 100metre world record was first officially recognised. Lightspeed aims to capture the excitement and energy of this iconic race, in the year that the Olympic and Paralympic games come to theUK.

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Lightspeed, free event 11-14 June 2012

Come along to this free event hosted by Arts Development, supported by Vibrant Aberdeen. A great chance to get involved in the Olympic spirit and pit yourself against the fastest sprinters on earth. 11- 14 June 2012, see picture for details.

Celebrating 100 years of the 100 metres

Interactive art installation