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Creative night-time event for young people


Young people are being invited to get creative, and dress up as superheroes or villains, at a special evening event tomorrow (Fri 12 Feb) at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

Anyone aged 13-25 years-old is welcome to attend 'The Social: Superheroes and Comics' event, on from 6pm to 8pm, which has been inspired by the colourful world of superheroes and graphic novels, and organised by Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Young People's Collective.

The fun-packed evening with artist-led activities includes:

  • Costume Competition
    Think you have what it takes to be Batman? Why not dress up for the event and show us what you've got! You may be in the chance of winning a themed mystery prize if you're judged to be among the best dressed cos-play characters.
  • Devolution Story Creation
    Watch and learn as artist Marie Duguid from Aberdeen's very own comic creators Devolution shows you how to create your own comic strip and storyboard.
  • Hero-Games Challenge
    Take part in a series of mini games with the opportunity to collect delicious treats along the way and be in with the chance of winning the Mystery Grand Prize.
  • Manga Illustration
    Find out how 'Manga' characters are created with one of the talented Young People's Collective artists.
  • Pop Bang Pow!
    FREEZE! BANG! ZAP! Strike a powerful superhero pose, with fun props and speech bubbles, in front of a Gotham City Skyline at our photo station. Photographers from the Young People's Collective will snap away, and images will be made available for free download after the event.
  • Happy Accident Collective: Screen Printing
    Get creative with the guys from Happy Accident Collective and screen print your own bespoke posters to take away as a memento of your evening.
  • Giant Comic Story
    Take this opportunity to contribute your imaginative drawings and quirky stories and watch them come to life in the biggest storyboard ever created at the museum.
  • Pop Art Body Bar
    For those fashion-forward fans of quirky body art should step into the body painting bar, where an artist will be on hand to create all manner of quirky and colourful designs.
  • Pop-up Stalls
    Affordable goodies from Happy Accident Collective prints and comic book store Asylum will be on sale at a small selection of local stallholders.
  • Badge It
    Make your own comic button badge from a range of graphic novels
  • Pop Corn Cart
    Free popcorn and fruit punch will be available.

Aberdeen City Council's Deputy Leader, Councillor Marie Boulton, said: "The Social is a great way to get young people together in a safe environment to enjoy an evening packed of creative and fun activities.

"The Young People's Collective has created a fantastic event which demonstrates just how exciting and creative the programmes are at our galleries and museums."

Tickets are available now for 3+ 83p booking fee. Full details and ticket information can be found on Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums website or by telephoning 01224 523677.

The social event is the idea of a group of young people who make up Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museum's Young People's Collective, who wanted to create an experience, which would help to encourage other young people to feel inspired and enthused about visiting museums and galleries.

Following on from the success of the museum's Friday Late events aimed at adults, the Young People's Collective wanted to offer younger audiences the chance to get involved.

This event is being held in Aberdeen Maritime Museum while Aberdeen Art Gallery is closed for a 30million redevelopment. 'Inspiring Art and Music' redevelopment project, which will see the transformation of Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall through significant investment in the fabric of the buildings, new exhibition and display galleries and improved facilities for visitors.

To learn more about the project, which is due to be completed in winter 2017, visit the project blog at