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Creative residents in the frame for photography workshops


A series of creative workshops which aims to capture the Middlefield area of Aberdeen in photographs will get underway at the Henry E Rae Community Centre tomorrow [Saturday 16 February] from 12noon to 2pm.

Free ice cream (for the first 100 people) and the chance to participate in on-the-spot art activities with Cultivate Volunteers lead artist, photographer and video maker Fergus Connor will be available to local residents.

The event will be the first of the Creative Communities programme in Middlefield which has been organised by Aberdeen City Council's Arts Development staff.

Aberdeen City Council's community arts officer Margaret Stewart said: "This is a great opportunity for people to get creative and rest assured you don't have to be 'artistic' to take part. We hope local residents will come along to meet the artist, get inspired, have fun and learn some new skills."

Fergus Connor, lead artist, photographer and video maker said: "As a photographer I like to take photographs and nearly everybody loves ice cream so what could be better than both on the same day. I hope to take lots of photographs of ice creams as portraits, yes ice cream portraits. You can call me mad but you get to eat them afterwards".

As part of the Creative Communities programme there will be free artistic workshops held on four consecutive Thursdays starting on Thursday 28 February through to and including Thursday 21 March at the Middlefield Youth Flat.

From 10am to 12.30pm photography workshops aimed at adults will offer participants to bring along their own cameras and video cameras so they can learn how to utilise the various functions of their cameras with the aim of getting better results. A limited number of cameras will be available for anyone who does not have a camera.

From 1pm to 3pm portrait photography workshops will show participants how to make their very own pinhole camera, learn how to take and develop photographs and create portrait photographs.

Throughout March the Arts Development team will also work with existing community children's clubs and youth groups to ensure they have the opportunity to contribute to the community project.

The different art projects will culminate in a fun community event for all ages at Henry E Rae Community Centre on Saturday 23 March from 1pm to 3pm.

At this free event the photography and artworks produced by participants throughout the time of the project will be on display. There will also be creative activities on the day for anyone who wants to take join in the fun.

For more information on the Creative Communities programme telephone Arts Development on (01224) 814740 or visit
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Information on the Creative Communities programme in Middlefield contact:

• Henry E Rae Community Centre, Manor Avenue, Middlefield, Aberdeen, AB16 7UR, tel (01224) 662792.

• Middlefield Community Project, 8 Logie Place, Aberdeen, AB16 7TP, tel (01224) 697000.

Creative Communities is Arts Development, Aberdeen City Council's programme of inventive and inspiring art projects for residents of the City's regeneration areas of Northfield, Cummings Park, Middlefield, Tillydrone, Woodside, Seaton and Torry and is funded by the Fairer Scotland Fund.