Seventeen November Newsletter
07th November 2013
Posted 07th November 2013
We have an exciting programme for November packed with exhibitions, performances, sound and experiences!
To start the month we have the exhibition ‘Conflicts, Creativity and Communication’ by ACES (Aberdeen Centre for Environmental Sustainability). This exhibition includes impressive suspended sculptures, abstract chess and mammoths. There is also a Concert by Richard Craig and short story by Jo Falla.
Later in the month we have an exhibition following on form the ‘Humming Booth’ by Suk-Jun Kim that was in Seventeen over the summer. If you provided a Hum, you must come to see the end result!
There is also an exhibition by ACES (Access to Creative Education in Scotland) that brings a collection of works by secondary school pupils involved in the programme.
Mid-November there is an information session on Aberdeen Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards 2013/14.
At the end of November we have an amazing opportunity to host an introduction session for MAKLAB. MAKLAB is Scotland’s only open access digital fabrication studio including 3D printing studio where you can make ‘almost’ anything!!
We look forward to seeing you all in November.
Exciting New Exhibitions and Events for your diary in November:
Thu 7 November, 6 – 8pm, ACES – Official Opening
Sat 9 November, 1.30pm, ACES – Performance by Richard Craig
Sat 16 November, 10 – 1pm, Information Session - Visual Artists and Craft Makers Awards
Sat 30 November, 10 – 5pm, MAKlab Taster Session
1 – 9 November ACES – Conflicts, Creativity and Communication
14 – 30 November Suk-Jun Kim – Aberdeen Humming
14 – 30 November Access to Creative Education in Scotland
Official Opening: Thursday 7th November, 6 - 8pm
Performance date: Saturday 9th November, 1.30pm - Concert by Richard Craig, a short story by Jo Falla and a performance by Alan McKendrick.
This exhibition includes film, sculpture, drawing, writing, music and images from the project.
This project is funded by Creative Scotland's Creative Futures programme and supported by the University of Aberdeen and The James Hutton Institute.
Thanks to all at Seventeen, Belmont Street.
Exhibition – Aberdeen Humming by Suk-Jun Kim. Thursday 14th – Saturday 30th November
Aberdeen Humming, a public sound installation by Suk-Jun Kim, brings out the sense of place and of community through humming. As a community project, it concerns collective memory through songs and uses humming as a mode of revealing such memories. The artist and his team have collected a few hundreds of hums from people in Aberdeen for the last several months through Humming Booth, which was exhibition at Seventeen during the summer, 2013, and by interviewing people individually. The collected hums were used to ‘compose’ the final humming piece without any sound manipulation, except some fade-ins and outs as well as amplitude changes, which is then played back through eight speakers at a low volume. Aberdeen Humming invites you to come and listen to these hums. You might be able to recognise a few hums, and if you do, why don’t you hum along? Some of the hums were also gathered by Music and Communities students at the University of Aberdeen (Rebecca, Ben, Fiona, Laura, Tamara, Christine, and Yasmin) Website: http://hummingproject.org
Access to Creative Education Scotland (ACES), a national initiative funded by the Scottish Funding Council and delivered locally by RGU, aims to encourage and support pupils who are often underrepresented in art, design and architecture towards studying the subjects at university. Working with tutors from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment and Gray’s School of Art over the course of a year, 16 pupils from Torry, Northfield, St Machar, Kincorth, Hazlehead, Aberdeen Grammar, Harlaw and Oldmachar schools had the opportunity to engage in subject-focused work and experience a taste of university life. The pilot programme, which was co-ordinated by the university’s Study Skills and Access Unit and developed in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, has been delivered through a mixture of on-campus events, such as practical workshops, campus tours, portfolio surgeries and lecture and seminar tasters, as well as online learning activities. It has also given the young people involved an insight into future career choices.
This exhibition documents the pupils’ experience and displays their work in art and design in sculpture, digital, photographic, and textile formats.
Full information on the awards can be found at: http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/vibrantaberdeen Awards of up to £1500 are available to support artists and makers residing in Aberdeen city. There will be a drop in information advice session for potential applicants to discuss their proposal and seek clarification on criteria and selection process. The Drop In will be on Saturday 16th November, 10am -1pm at Seventeen.
MAKLAB is Scotland’s only open access digital fabrication studio including 3D printing studio where you can make ‘almost’ anything!!
The taster will include information on MAKLab, the planned Aberdeen pilot, demonstrations of the digital fabrication equipment and technology as well as the opportunity to have a go making something. No booking required, just pop along when you can, this is a FREE drop in session for ONE DAY ONLY!
Seventeen, 15 – 17 Belmont Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1JR. (01224) 644885 Seventeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk OPEN: Tue – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Information on submitting an exhibition proposal or how to put an event on in Seventeen is available on our website at www.aberdeen2017.com
Seventeen October Newsletter
10th October 2013
Posted 10th October 2013
ON IN OCTOBER!!
Last month we welcomed Emma Ewan for her Exhibition Saccharine Sunday, we enjoyed The Scottish Reed Trio for National Chamber Music Day and had an excellent time at the OXJAM Music Event.
In October we have art, poetry and theatre. We welcome three new exhibitions, a Liz Lochhead poetry workshop, a promenade theatre performance from Quids in Theatre Company and we extend our support to a new play ‘Inferno’ by Thomas Bywater opening at the Tivoli.
We hope you can join us for our October programme!
Exciting new Exhibitions and Events for your diary in October:
4th October, 10am – 3.30pm Rachel Grant – Performance Drawing
26th October, 11am – 1pm Poetry Workshop with Liz Lochhead
27, 28, 29 October, 7.30pm Suffer the Witch, theatre production
1 – 19 October - Rachel Grant – MARKED
1 – 23 October - Alan Paterson - AN INVITATION TO GATHER
22 – 26 October - One World Event - HOLDING OUR WORLD TOGETHER
Exhibition – Rachel Grant – MARKED - 1st – 19th October An exhibition of Rachel’s ‘performance process drawing’ produced through the Graduate in Resident for Fine Art at Gray’s, School of Art. ‘MARKED’ Exhibition - How might the act of drawing, as a primitive and fundamental act of communication evoke not subject matter but time, space, and experience? How might it give a sense of ones place in the world? The Buddhist term 'The Mind Of Don't Know' is used as a concept to allow a focus on the process of making itself without attachment to physical outcomes. Grant negotiates under the subject of drawing between live performances, works on paper, installation and drawing objects. Exhibition includes a performance (Friday 4th October) and also provides an opportunity for professional development for current students at Gray’s to invigilate and support the exhibition.
Exhibition – Alan Paterson – AN INVITATION TO GATHER - 1st – 23rd October The nature of the exhibited works [similar to the pathways of plants whose underground stems reach out in many ways and develop into new life] captivates the divergent nature of the interconnectedness within passages of the works. This flows through rhythmic echoes of the artist and his felt sense of place and space, intuitively listening to the inner life force. The interdependency of emerging material sustains the creative flow state as a receptive space within oneself for exploration and wonderment which can be personally and collectively transforming.
Exhibition - Holding Our World Together - An exhibition to mark One World Week - 22nd - 26th October
Exhibition to celebrate the themes of One World Week and exploring what is needed to build a fairer, more peaceful and sustainable world. There will be two linked elements in the exhibition:
- a frieze created by linking the outlines of hands drawin by hundreds of individual school children which will be the outcome of an art project involving children from many local schools; and
- a live art demonstration by local artist Tracey Swift on the themes of One World.
Event – Workshop with Liz Lochhead – Saturday 26th October, 11am – 1pm
A workshop covering the technical aspects of writing poetry, from choosing words and form to editing and re-editing! Suitable for beginners and experienced poets alike, this is a not to be missed opportunity to learn from one of Scotland's greatest poets. The workshop is free but booking is essential: http://lizlochhead.eventbrite.com This workshop is supported by Seventeen and the Scottish Book Trust.
Event – Suffer the Witch – Sun 27th, Mon 28th, Tues 29th October, 7.30pm
Quids in Theatre Company and the Tolbooth Museum present a promenade theatre production about the 1597 witch panic in Aberdeen. Join us as we tell the story of the 1597 Aberdeen witch panic with this unique promenade theatre production. Meeting at 17 Belmont Street we will take you on a storytelling journey through Aberdeen's very own macabre history of witch trials, featuring dramatic performance and informative history by Aberdeen's only professional theatre company, before finishing the show at the Castlegate. This is a free show (donations will be accepted) although booking is recommended.
Event – INFERNO – TIVOLI THEATRE – Fri 25th – Sun 27th October, 7.30pm
The Tivoli Theatre opens its doors Halloween weekend 2013 for the first play in almost fifty years. The gripping tale of a mad scientist with a theatrical flair is sure to find your funny-bone. Over the past month the ‘INFERNO’ cast have been using the space at Seventeen to help rehearse and develop the new play ‘INFERNO’ by running weekly workshops with the cast on the plays of August Strindberg. Tickets are available from the Aberdeen Box Office - http://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/events/inferno
Event - OXJAM Aberdeen Takeover
18th September 2013
Posted 18th September 2013
This event is the launch party for Aberdeen's version of the Oxjam Takeover, a city wide mini-festival and the UK's biggest charity music festival, taking place on the 20th October.
To kick start the excitement surrounding the festival, Steven Winton from Fridge Magnets is headlining the showcase with a solo, acoustic set. The power-rock trio, Hellhouse will also be performing rare acoustic versions of their songs on the night. Velvet Audio will finish the evening with a handful of their energetic tunes.
Exclusive band interviews will also be screened on at the event.
Information desk for Oxjam and how to become a festival volunteer and plenty more surprises in store for Aberdeen, not to be missed!
17 Exhibition - Emma Ewan “Saccharine Sunday”
13th September 2013
Posted 13th September 2013
- Emma Ewan – Saccharine Sunday –
13th to 27th September 2013
A series of new objects exploring the seductive qualities of a variety of materials including plaster, gilded book covers, fake fruit and faux marble among others. This sees a re-analysing of the enticing properties of Classical/Baroque art and architecture, and is as much an investigation into the artist's own attraction to these styles as it is a deconstruction of the ideals of high and low brow art. Each object is sited on a custom-made plinth in reference to the theatrical nature of the source material.
Aberdeen’s Bid To Be UK City of Culture Released
19th July 2013
Posted 19th July 2013
Aberdeen’s bid to be UK City of Culture is now available to download.
The 30-page document and appendices is available here
The initial feedback from the competition judges is available here
Depute Leader of Aberdeen City Council Councillor Marie Boulton said:
"We made a strong case for Aberdeen to be UK City of Culture. This document details what this city has to offer and how we planned to build on the strong cultural identity we already have in the North-east. Clearly we were disappointed not to have made the shortlist. We obviously just weren’t what the judges were looking for.
"Aberdeen's case was compelling and different to the other cities. This wasn't just about regeneration for us but about investing in the city's future. The continued growth of Aberdeen’s buoyant economy is vital for both Scotland and the UK and galvanizing our cultural and artistic scene will play a key role in the evolution of this great European city.
“If this process has done anything it is to remind of us of the creative skills that already exist in Aberdeen. It has helped remind us of what we can do in this city and what we make in the city. It proved that Aberdeen is already a city of culture.
“The bid process and the feedback has also helped us identify gaps in what we do, and areas where we can develop further..
“I know that there are exciting plans to come from the work that’s been done so far and that we can expect to announce these as soon as they are fully developed.."
Valerie Watts, Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council, said:
“If you look at Belfast and their bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2003 you can actually see that missing out on that occasion was one of the best things to happen to the city’s arts scene. That city’s cultural scene was energized by the bidding process and has since gone from strength to strength.
“I believe that Aberdeen’s bid also gives us a chance to sit back and see what’s lacking and what needs to be done. It also reinforces how important the cultural sector is to Aberdeen. I know that we can build something special out of all the work that’s gone into this bid.
"In the feedback the judges have said that they were impressed by Aberdeen’s potential and that we should consider bidding to be a future UK City of Culture. It's too early to say if that's something we will do – but in the meantime we’re going to be redoubling our efforts to make sure that Aberdeen is more widely recognised for the rich culture it can offer.”
Ours is a historic city with many faces: its is the primary city of scenic North East Scotland, an ancient city of learning, a maritime focus for northern trade, a UK economic powerhouse, and now one of the world’s leading energy capitals.
It is a city that has much to be proud of.
But against this backdrop, it is clear that Aberdeen does not have a cultural profile to match its setting, its history, or its economic prowess. It remains a city that is still too often perceived as distant and remote from the rest of the UK. A city that lacks, many would argue with some justification, a recognised contemporary cultural identity.
That is why Aberdeen 2017 is so important. That is why we need to be bold in our aspirations, if Aberdeen is to gain its rightful place on the UK cultural map. Our aim is to transform our communities and our city, to develop our cultural identity, to improve community cohesion and to help secure our long term economic future.
We want a renewed engagement with culture to be the catalyst that helps us to close the gap between rich and poor in this city. We desperately need to boost participation in culture activity – and our aim is to transform the city from having one of the lowest participation rates in Scotland to become a beacon for culture.
We want culture to be the magnet that helps us to retain and attract people to work and live here. It should be the anchor that will help us to keep global businesses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire; not only to sustain our long term economic future, but to help boost the UK economy too.
We want culture to be the driving force that help us to regenerate our deprived communities, develop our creative industries, and fundamentally change people’s perceptions of Aberdeen. By improving facilities, opportunities for local production and cultural communications, we believe we can transform the cultural confidence of the city and its people.
Aberdeen is a prosperous city, but for too long we have failed to secure significant business investment in the city’s cultural infrastructure. Abedreen 2017 provides us with an opportunity to galvanise support to realise a shared vision for Aberdeen. It will enable us to tell our story with renewed vigour. It will enable us to connect the north to the wider world – again. And it will enable us to shape our future.
A future, where Aberdeen is a culturally vibrant city. A city that not only illuminates the North, but which takes advantage of its international connections to bring local, Scottish and UK culture to new audiences worldwide.
To get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently looking for expressions of interest in exhibiting, showcasing or creating new work within the city’s creative hub, ‘Seventeen’.
To express your interest in using the space we have provided a simple proposal form which you can download from the links below.
To be sent a printed copy email Seventeen@aberdeencity.gov.uk or call 01224 644885.
Tuesday: 10 – 4
Wednesday: 10 – 4
Thursday: 10 – 4
Friday: 10 – 4
Saturday: 10 – 4
Telephone: (01224) 644885
If you’re interested in helping us out with front-of-house support, and dealing with public enquires about the exhibitions and about the year of culture help with promoting the bid and the events at Seventeen and help managing the space and everything that’s happening then fill in this form.
Do you have an event or an idea that you’ve been trying to get off the ground?
Maybe we at Aberdeen 2017 can help you make that happen.
Come along to our programming sessions.
Five sessions where we’ll put people together and ask them to help us fill our year of culture in 2017.
To register email email@example.com