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26 Apr 10:00
Record Store

Record Store

‘Record Store’ is a project curated by visual artists Chris Biddlecombe and Janie Nicoll in collaboration with 36 artists from across Scotland. The project, part exhibition, part fantasy record shop, explores and celebrates the fertile cross-pollination between visual arts and music that has influenced Scotland’s cultural scene!

Location: Seventeen 17 Belmont Street Aberdeen AB10 1JR

Cost: Free

27 Apr
Look again Festival

Look again Festival

The ever-popular visual arts and design festival returns from 27 April - 1 May

Location: Various. See website for details.

27 Apr 10:00
Thomson & Craighead

Thomson & Craighead

London-based visual artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space. During Look Again they will present a new generative moving image work, inspired by Aberdeen Harbour, called Control Room alongside two existing artworks, Aberdeen Wall (2010 – 2017) and Here (2013). 

Location: Peacock Visual Arts Project Room & Castlegate Aberdeen AB11 5BQ

Cost: Free

27 Apr 10:00
The Listener

The Listener

The Listener is a fantastical ‘sitootery’ or folly, a ‘machine for listening’, that simultaneously hears, records and transmits narratives from the environment in which it sits. The Listener is both an object to be viewed and a space to be used by people, from which to hear the histories and the urban myths that form the collective consciousness and identity of a place, in this case, Aberdeen.

Location: Pocket Park Union Terrace Aberdeen AB10 1WE

Cost: Free

27 Apr 10:00
The Doric Boule

The Doric Boule

Trained in Aberdeen and based in Stockholm, designer Nick Ross has been invited by Look Again to present a new public art work that is a contemporary response to the traditional skills and renowned material of Aberdeen. Starting with research at The Seven Incorporated Trades, Nick connects ideas of local power and influence to a wider view of the world, creating a public meeting point in Marischal quad made not just from local stone but from varieties of granite from across the world. The ‘Boule’ was an early form of council in Ancient Greece, a gathering of city elders that underpinned the birth of democracy. This work refers to local culture and dialect, while remaining resolutely outward facing in times of change.

Location: Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen AB10 1AB

Cost: Free

27 Apr 10:00
Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside is a collaborative group of Aberdeen based designers and makers - Anne Marquiss, Gabi Reith, Mags Gray and Aubin Stewart. This year, Look Inside will showcase a new collaborative ‘Aberdeen Collection’, which explores and celebrates the architectural characteristics and history of Aberdeen. The collection offers a contemporary emblem, souvenir or keepsake that Aberdonians and visitors to the city will treasure in the future. Included in the collection will be jewellery, ceramics, illustration, apparel and more.

Location: Academy Shopping Centre Aberdeen AB10 1LB

Cost: Free

27 Apr 10:00
Seed Fund

Seed Fund

As artists we often have ideas that don’t fit into our ‘normal’ practice or we dismiss ideas within our practice because we assume they will never happen. The purpose of Seed Fund was to support creative practitioners by providing funding and guidance so such ideas can become visible. Following an open call Janet McEwan, Allan Watson, Fiona McCubbin and Craig Barrowman, will deliver commissioned projects ranging from performance, sound, digital installation and sculpture - look out for them over the festival!

Location: Various across Aberdeen city centre

Cost: Free

27 Apr 10:00
Record Store

Record Store

‘Record Store’ is a project curated by visual artists Chris Biddlecombe and Janie Nicoll in collaboration with 36 artists from across Scotland. The project, part exhibition, part fantasy record shop, explores and celebrates the fertile cross-pollination between visual arts and music that has influenced Scotland’s cultural scene!

Location: Seventeen 17 Belmont Street Aberdeen AB10 1JR

Cost: Free

28 Apr 10:00
Thomson & Craighead

Thomson & Craighead

London-based visual artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space. During Look Again they will present a new generative moving image work, inspired by Aberdeen Harbour, called Control Room alongside two existing artworks, Aberdeen Wall (2010 – 2017) and Here (2013). 

Location: Peacock Visual Arts Project Room & Castlegate Aberdeen AB11 5BQ

Cost: Free

28 Apr 10:00
The Listener

The Listener

The Listener is a fantastical ‘sitootery’ or folly, a ‘machine for listening’, that simultaneously hears, records and transmits narratives from the environment in which it sits. The Listener is both an object to be viewed and a space to be used by people, from which to hear the histories and the urban myths that form the collective consciousness and identity of a place, in this case, Aberdeen.

Location: Pocket Park Union Terrace Aberdeen AB10 1WE

Cost: Free

28 Apr 10:00
The Doric Boule

The Doric Boule

Trained in Aberdeen and based in Stockholm, designer Nick Ross has been invited by Look Again to present a new public art work that is a contemporary response to the traditional skills and renowned material of Aberdeen. Starting with research at The Seven Incorporated Trades, Nick connects ideas of local power and influence to a wider view of the world, creating a public meeting point in Marischal quad made not just from local stone but from varieties of granite from across the world. The ‘Boule’ was an early form of council in Ancient Greece, a gathering of city elders that underpinned the birth of democracy. This work refers to local culture and dialect, while remaining resolutely outward facing in times of change.

Location: Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen AB10 1AB

Cost: Free

28 Apr 10:00
Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside is a collaborative group of Aberdeen based designers and makers - Anne Marquiss, Gabi Reith, Mags Gray and Aubin Stewart. This year, Look Inside will showcase a new collaborative ‘Aberdeen Collection’, which explores and celebrates the architectural characteristics and history of Aberdeen. The collection offers a contemporary emblem, souvenir or keepsake that Aberdonians and visitors to the city will treasure in the future. Included in the collection will be jewellery, ceramics, illustration, apparel and more.

Location: Academy Shopping Centre Aberdeen AB10 1LB

Cost: Free

28 Apr 10:00
Seed Fund

Seed Fund

As artists we often have ideas that don’t fit into our ‘normal’ practice or we dismiss ideas within our practice because we assume they will never happen. The purpose of Seed Fund was to support creative practitioners by providing funding and guidance so such ideas can become visible. Following an open call Janet McEwan, Allan Watson, Fiona McCubbin and Craig Barrowman, will deliver commissioned projects ranging from performance, sound, digital installation and sculpture - look out for them over the festival!

Location: Various across Aberdeen city centre

Cost: Free

28 Apr 10:00
Record Store

Record Store

‘Record Store’ is a project curated by visual artists Chris Biddlecombe and Janie Nicoll in collaboration with 36 artists from across Scotland. The project, part exhibition, part fantasy record shop, explores and celebrates the fertile cross-pollination between visual arts and music that has influenced Scotland’s cultural scene!

Location: Seventeen 17 Belmont Street Aberdeen AB10 1JR

Cost: Free

29 Apr 10:00
Thomson & Craighead

Thomson & Craighead

London-based visual artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space. During Look Again they will present a new generative moving image work, inspired by Aberdeen Harbour, called Control Room alongside two existing artworks, Aberdeen Wall (2010 – 2017) and Here (2013). 

Location: Peacock Visual Arts Project Room & Castlegate Aberdeen AB11 5BQ

Cost: Free

29 Apr 10:00
The Listener

The Listener

The Listener is a fantastical ‘sitootery’ or folly, a ‘machine for listening’, that simultaneously hears, records and transmits narratives from the environment in which it sits. The Listener is both an object to be viewed and a space to be used by people, from which to hear the histories and the urban myths that form the collective consciousness and identity of a place, in this case, Aberdeen.

Location: Pocket Park Union Terrace Aberdeen AB10 1WE

Cost: Free

29 Apr 10:00
The Doric Boule

The Doric Boule

Trained in Aberdeen and based in Stockholm, designer Nick Ross has been invited by Look Again to present a new public art work that is a contemporary response to the traditional skills and renowned material of Aberdeen. Starting with research at The Seven Incorporated Trades, Nick connects ideas of local power and influence to a wider view of the world, creating a public meeting point in Marischal quad made not just from local stone but from varieties of granite from across the world. The ‘Boule’ was an early form of council in Ancient Greece, a gathering of city elders that underpinned the birth of democracy. This work refers to local culture and dialect, while remaining resolutely outward facing in times of change.

Location: Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen AB10 1AB

Cost: Free

29 Apr 10:00
Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside is a collaborative group of Aberdeen based designers and makers - Anne Marquiss, Gabi Reith, Mags Gray and Aubin Stewart. This year, Look Inside will showcase a new collaborative ‘Aberdeen Collection’, which explores and celebrates the architectural characteristics and history of Aberdeen. The collection offers a contemporary emblem, souvenir or keepsake that Aberdonians and visitors to the city will treasure in the future. Included in the collection will be jewellery, ceramics, illustration, apparel and more.

Location: Academy Shopping Centre Aberdeen AB10 1LB

Cost: Free

29 Apr 10:00
Seed Fund

Seed Fund

As artists we often have ideas that don’t fit into our ‘normal’ practice or we dismiss ideas within our practice because we assume they will never happen. The purpose of Seed Fund was to support creative practitioners by providing funding and guidance so such ideas can become visible. Following an open call Janet McEwan, Allan Watson, Fiona McCubbin and Craig Barrowman, will deliver commissioned projects ranging from performance, sound, digital installation and sculpture - look out for them over the festival!

Location: Various across Aberdeen city centre

Cost: Free

29 Apr 10:00
Record Store

Record Store

‘Record Store’ is a project curated by visual artists Chris Biddlecombe and Janie Nicoll in collaboration with 36 artists from across Scotland. The project, part exhibition, part fantasy record shop, explores and celebrates the fertile cross-pollination between visual arts and music that has influenced Scotland’s cultural scene!

Location: Seventeen 17 Belmont Street Aberdeen AB10 1JR

Cost: Free

30 Apr 10:00
Thomson & Craighead

Thomson & Craighead

London-based visual artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space. During Look Again they will present a new generative moving image work, inspired by Aberdeen Harbour, called Control Room alongside two existing artworks, Aberdeen Wall (2010 – 2017) and Here (2013). 

Location: Peacock Visual Arts Project Room & Castlegate Aberdeen AB11 5BQ

Cost: Free

30 Apr 10:00
The Listener

The Listener

The Listener is a fantastical ‘sitootery’ or folly, a ‘machine for listening’, that simultaneously hears, records and transmits narratives from the environment in which it sits. The Listener is both an object to be viewed and a space to be used by people, from which to hear the histories and the urban myths that form the collective consciousness and identity of a place, in this case, Aberdeen.

Location: Pocket Park Union Terrace Aberdeen AB10 1WE

Cost: Free

30 Apr 10:00
The Doric Boule

The Doric Boule

Trained in Aberdeen and based in Stockholm, designer Nick Ross has been invited by Look Again to present a new public art work that is a contemporary response to the traditional skills and renowned material of Aberdeen. Starting with research at The Seven Incorporated Trades, Nick connects ideas of local power and influence to a wider view of the world, creating a public meeting point in Marischal quad made not just from local stone but from varieties of granite from across the world. The ‘Boule’ was an early form of council in Ancient Greece, a gathering of city elders that underpinned the birth of democracy. This work refers to local culture and dialect, while remaining resolutely outward facing in times of change.

Location: Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen AB10 1AB

Cost: Free

30 Apr 10:00
Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside is a collaborative group of Aberdeen based designers and makers - Anne Marquiss, Gabi Reith, Mags Gray and Aubin Stewart. This year, Look Inside will showcase a new collaborative ‘Aberdeen Collection’, which explores and celebrates the architectural characteristics and history of Aberdeen. The collection offers a contemporary emblem, souvenir or keepsake that Aberdonians and visitors to the city will treasure in the future. Included in the collection will be jewellery, ceramics, illustration, apparel and more.

Location: Academy Shopping Centre Aberdeen AB10 1LB

Cost: Free

30 Apr 10:00
Seed Fund

Seed Fund

As artists we often have ideas that don’t fit into our ‘normal’ practice or we dismiss ideas within our practice because we assume they will never happen. The purpose of Seed Fund was to support creative practitioners by providing funding and guidance so such ideas can become visible. Following an open call Janet McEwan, Allan Watson, Fiona McCubbin and Craig Barrowman, will deliver commissioned projects ranging from performance, sound, digital installation and sculpture - look out for them over the festival!

Location: Various across Aberdeen city centre

Cost: Free

30 Apr 10:00
Record Store

Record Store

‘Record Store’ is a project curated by visual artists Chris Biddlecombe and Janie Nicoll in collaboration with 36 artists from across Scotland. The project, part exhibition, part fantasy record shop, explores and celebrates the fertile cross-pollination between visual arts and music that has influenced Scotland’s cultural scene!

Location: Seventeen 17 Belmont Street Aberdeen AB10 1JR

Cost: Free

1 May
Day of Play

Day of Play

Free play is unstructured play; it is spontaneous, led by a child’s own drive and imagination, like role playing “mummies and daddies” or inventing new rules for a ball game. We promote free play in our public sessions by providing our ‘Loose Parts Play Kit’.

Location: Various venues across the city

Cost: Free

1 May 10:00
Thomson & Craighead

Thomson & Craighead

London-based visual artists Jon Thomson and Alison Craighead work across video, sound, sculpture, installation and online space. During Look Again they will present a new generative moving image work, inspired by Aberdeen Harbour, called Control Room alongside two existing artworks, Aberdeen Wall (2010 – 2017) and Here (2013). 

Location: Peacock Visual Arts Project Room & Castlegate Aberdeen AB11 5BQ

Cost: Free

1 May 10:00
The Listener

The Listener

The Listener is a fantastical ‘sitootery’ or folly, a ‘machine for listening’, that simultaneously hears, records and transmits narratives from the environment in which it sits. The Listener is both an object to be viewed and a space to be used by people, from which to hear the histories and the urban myths that form the collective consciousness and identity of a place, in this case, Aberdeen.

Location: Pocket Park Union Terrace Aberdeen AB10 1WE

Cost: Free

1 May 10:00
The Doric Boule

The Doric Boule

Trained in Aberdeen and based in Stockholm, designer Nick Ross has been invited by Look Again to present a new public art work that is a contemporary response to the traditional skills and renowned material of Aberdeen. Starting with research at The Seven Incorporated Trades, Nick connects ideas of local power and influence to a wider view of the world, creating a public meeting point in Marischal quad made not just from local stone but from varieties of granite from across the world. The ‘Boule’ was an early form of council in Ancient Greece, a gathering of city elders that underpinned the birth of democracy. This work refers to local culture and dialect, while remaining resolutely outward facing in times of change.

Location: Marischal College Broad Street Aberdeen AB10 1AB

Cost: Free

1 May 10:00
Look Inside

Look Inside

Look Inside is a collaborative group of Aberdeen based designers and makers - Anne Marquiss, Gabi Reith, Mags Gray and Aubin Stewart. This year, Look Inside will showcase a new collaborative ‘Aberdeen Collection’, which explores and celebrates the architectural characteristics and history of Aberdeen. The collection offers a contemporary emblem, souvenir or keepsake that Aberdonians and visitors to the city will treasure in the future. Included in the collection will be jewellery, ceramics, illustration, apparel and more.

Location: Academy Shopping Centre Aberdeen AB10 1LB

Cost: Free

1 May 10:00
Seed Fund

Seed Fund

As artists we often have ideas that don’t fit into our ‘normal’ practice or we dismiss ideas within our practice because we assume they will never happen. The purpose of Seed Fund was to support creative practitioners by providing funding and guidance so such ideas can become visible. Following an open call Janet McEwan, Allan Watson, Fiona McCubbin and Craig Barrowman, will deliver commissioned projects ranging from performance, sound, digital installation and sculpture - look out for them over the festival!

Location: Various across Aberdeen city centre

Cost: Free

1 May 10:00
Record Store

Record Store

‘Record Store’ is a project curated by visual artists Chris Biddlecombe and Janie Nicoll in collaboration with 36 artists from across Scotland. The project, part exhibition, part fantasy record shop, explores and celebrates the fertile cross-pollination between visual arts and music that has influenced Scotland’s cultural scene!

Location: Seventeen 17 Belmont Street Aberdeen AB10 1JR

Cost: Free

29 Jul
Festival in the City

Festival in the City

A variety of exciting events across Aberdeen including our hugely enjoyable Mela Celebration.

Location: Various

Cost: Free

26 Aug
Family Activity Weekend

Family Activity Weekend

TechFest offers people of all ages the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with science and technology.It fires the imagination by allowing young people the chance to try things out themselves and to ask questions directly to experts, hopefully encouraging many to choose a career in science and technology.

Location: Gordon Barracks, Aberdeen

Cost: TBC



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