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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.


Temporary Art School, exciting new project taking place in Aberdeen

Temporary Art School is a one month live project happening throughout the city of Aberdeen in March 2012. A group of people living and working in both Aberdeen and Glasgow have come together to put on classes and workshops which experiment with what an art school can be and continue in a long tradition of self-organised education.The school is free and no previous experience of art education or training is required. To find out how to get involved and for details of our programme visit:


The project will be documented and shown at The Pipe Factory as part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2012.

‘Post Age’ – Artist Opportunity

50+ Festival Care Home Project ‘Post Age’

An exciting opportunity for an artist to work alongside the Arts Development team as part of this year’s Aberdeen’s Older People’s Festival.

Artist’s Brief
1. Background
Aberdeen City Council has held a festival for the older citizens of the City for nine years. The festival offers a range of activities, from rock climbing to sugar-craft with the aim of encouraging active participation from the older citizens 50+ age range.
As the festival has grown over the years the project evaluators have identified that activities offered to care providers in the city generally are non participatory. Events have been offered to provide residents in care with entertainment over the festival period.
In recent years, research has shown that Art in health and social care can:
• Develop self-confidence and self-esteem
• Improve staff and patient relationships and morale
• Improve social skills
• Help communication on many levels
• Decrease social isolation
• Enhance mental and physical health and well-being
• Develop creativity in the workplace
• Improve sensory awareness and physical dexterity
• Provide opportunities to develop new skills
• Enhance the environment of health and social care facilities

2. Project Objectives
The 50+ Events Officer, working with the Arts Development team are delighted to be able to offer this new exciting project “Post-Age” within 10 residential Continue reading

Artist Opportunities – Arts Development ‘Next Step’

Aberdeen City Council’s Arts Development is looking for freelance artists to deliver arts workshops as part of our Cashback funded youth arts programme ‘Next Step’. We are looking for artists with exciting, dynamic practices as well as strong communication skills and experience of working in participatory settings. You will be working with young people from challenging backgrounds in small group settings and on a one to one basis (with supervision support) around the city.

We are particularly interested in artists who work in cross-media, photography, filmmaking and animation but we are also open to artists from other discipline backgrounds as well.

Interested artists please email your CV’s, contact information and letters of interest to markbremner@aberdeencity.gov.uk . For any enquiries or questions please email the above address or telephone 01224 814736.

Westhill Art Project Phase 3 – Artist Opportunity

The purpose of this project phase is to engage an artist who has the skills and creative flair to interact with the community at the Annual Gala June 4th 2011, as part of an existing Art Project in the town.  The successful artist will work alongside the Westhill Art Project, Aberdeenshire Council Community Learning Team and Aberdeenshire Council Arts Development Team.

A fee of £1800 has been allocated for the Artist. This sum includes all artist’s fees and expenses, travel and accommodation, research, preparation, collaboration, design, reports and event materials.

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Art workshop ideas wanted

Open call for art workshop proposals

Arts Development is looking for talented artists to deliver arts based workshops in community venues in Aberdeen City. We would like to hear your ideas, if you are an artist and have an interesting or unique idea for a workshop then please get in touch! Continue reading

Youth Music Initiative Investments

Professional Development | Informal Sector | Demo Fund

Informal Sector Funds (Small And Large Grants) are available to organisations working within the Informal Sector who wish to programme music making activities for young people (0-25 years) out of school hours or children under 5 both in and out of nurseries. There is no minimum length of programme.

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Aberdeen Identity Project

We were recently contacted by artist Aydee Sierra to invite fellow artists to collaborate on a project she is currently working on.  Here is some more info for anyone that might be interested in joining in – 

Aberdeen: Come take a closer look is a campaign which focuses on promoting Aberdeen’s urban identity as a talented, creative, and culturally diverse community through the use of creative design.

I am looking to collaborate with artists, designers Continue reading

InspirED Filmmaker Opportunity

 InspirEd deliver creative workshops for schools, youth clubs
 and community centres, specialising in film making, photography and
 digital media.

Job Title: Creative Practitioner / Filmmaker
  Employer: InspirEd Workshops
  Location: Aberdeen
  Dates: 19, 21 and 22 October
  Pay: £150 per day

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Art Engagement – One day left for submission deadline

Artist opportunity: ‘ Art Engagement’, a public art project based in The Green, Aberdeen.

Only one more day to get your submissions in for this opportunity!

Fee £5000. Start between October – January.

Application deadline; 22nd September 2010.

Aberdeen City Council’s  Arts Development Team seek an artist specialising in generating work within the public realm, with a strong understanding of collaborative practice and is comfortable developing methods of consultation, participation, community involvement leading to the production of a temporary art piece (to be located within the Green area in late January/ early February 2011). 
This project will form part of Aberdeen City Council’s larger ‘Art Engagement’ project, focusing on the impact public art in all its many forms can have on a community and the city as whole, breaking down the barriers towards long term engagement, participation and retention of creativity within the city.

To download the artist brief and information on how to apply go to http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/Arts/whitespace/art_engagement.asp or to download PDF directly click here.