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Public Art Community Commission Awards 2012

Is your community interested in Public Art?
Ever wanted to work with an artist?


Aberdeen City Council is offering community groups, organisations and charities the opportunity to develop public art projects within their own communities through the new ‘Public Art Community Commissions’. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to create their own projects, commission an artist(s) to work with and raise the profile of their community.
Public Art has the potential for celebration, provoke reaction, promote debate, and bring communities together and encourage discussion on a wide range of issues of relevance to a community or site. It’s a great way for people to feel involved in their community, create a sense of civic pride and belonging. Within this commission you could have:
· A permanent piece of public artwork.
· A short-lived object or temporary piece.
· A one-off event that you could help create or even perform in.
· An intervention by an artist that could be brief or long-term.
· An artist’s performance, be it a one off or part of a festival programme.
Two grants of up to £14,000 will be available for projects, inclusive of running costs, artist / arts organisation fee and any installation or marketing costs.
Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from

You can also download a PDF version of the Public Art Tool Kit which gives advice and guidance on all aspects of developing a public art project. Additional support and guidance on all aspects of this commission can be received by emailing artsdevelopment@aberdeencity.gov.uk or by calling (01224) 814740. The Arts Development office will be closed from December 22nd to January 4th so will not be able to respond during this period.
A morning surgery for any queries or questions will be announced soon and details for it will appear on the Art Development website page.
Deadline for applications to be received is 5.00pm on Monday 16th of January 2012.


Public Art Education Opportunity

Aberdeen City Council are due to launch the Aberdeen Public Art Fund, along with a Public Art Toolkit and website. This new fund will be launching in late 2011.

As part of the fund  Arts Development, are running a free education programme for those community groups or organisations in the city who might wish to apply to the fund but feel that they perhaps require some training or support before doing so. The education programme, running one afternoon a week for 5 weeks, will utilise the new Aberdeen City Public Art Toolkit, taking participants through each stage of a public art project, as well as incorporating professional artists talks, site visits and practical exercises. Continue reading

Seaton Guide

As part of the ‘Our Story’ and ‘Art Engagement’  projects the Seaton History group have created their own blog, a guide to Seaton.

The Seaton Art and History Group has been researching and developing this ‘Guide to Seaton’, to encourage people to rediscover the Seaton area of Aberdeen and appreciate what is available locally.

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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 event on the Green this Sunday

‘Meet On the Green’                             A Participatory Public Art Project

Event Sunday 3rd April 5-7pm

The Green,

‘Meet on the Green’ is a participatory public art project supported by Aberdeen City Council’s Arts Development team. The project focuses on the impact art in all its many forms can have for a community and the city as whole, breaking down barriers for long term engagement, participation and retention of creativity within the city. Continue reading

‘Artist in the Green’ – Amy Marletta

We are pleased to announce we have now appointed the Art Engagement project’s ‘Artist in the Green’, Amy Marletta, a visual artist based in Glasgow. Her work is multi disciplinary involving video, performance, music and collage. She has exhibited at both home and abroad, including Gang Hut, Changing Room, The Collective Gallery and The Generator Project. Continue reading

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.

Public Art Commission for Connect2 Perth

Been on holday but have a couple of new opportunities to post today
Deadline for applications: 24th September 2010

Call for applications: Perth & Kinross Council invite applications from artists (working alone or collaboratively) to create a Public Art work(s) as part of the Connect2 Perth – River Tay Foot/ Cycle Bridge and Path Network. The artist will collaborate with local communities creatively, leaving a visual legacy of that engagement. This may include traditional or non traditional media eg. temporary or permanent installations / exhibitions / film / photographs / book / projections etc.

Fee: £14,400 to include all costs
Interviews: Fri 22nd October 2010

For further details and application guidelines contact LConacher@pkc.gov.uk 01738 477849