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City Council launches initiative to cultivate creative talent


Made In Aberdeen, an exciting new initiative to support creative talent in the city has been launched by Aberdeen City Council at the Belmont Picturehouse on Thursday 06 March.

The concept of 'Made in Aberdeen' is tied to the recognition that the city is home to a wealth of creative and artistic talent which needs to be developed through new bursaries, commissions, emerging talent prizes and cultural profile films.

The event will see the premiere of Cultural Profile films which are 90-second documentaries highlighting some of the many talented artists and creative facilitators working in Aberdeen. The films created by students of University of Aberdeen, will be shown alongside future feature film presentations at the Belmont Picturehouse.

The films have been produced by the Belmont Picturehouse in partnership with the University of Aberdeen and the support of Aberdeen City Council.

As part of the event, Aberdeen City Council launched the Made In Aberdeen Artists' Bursaries scheme. Five awards of up to 2,000 will be made available to artists working in any art form, to support, create, develop and or present new work, participate in development opportunities such as residencies or training courses, and to facilitate new collaborations to support artistic development and experimentation. 

British composer Pete Stollery, was announced as the chair of the Made in Aberdeen Artists' Bursaries awards panel at the launch event.

Aberdeen City Council Convener of Education, Culture and Sport Councillor Jenny Laing said: "There is a wonderfully diverse mix of creative people in Aberdeen and we want that to continue so it is fitting that we have launched the Made in Aberdeen initiative.

"By offering new opportunities, particularly potential funding for the city's established and emerging creative talent we can recognise, celebrate and encourage artists. Providing this support  will mean they will be able to remain in Aberdeen which will be of cultural benefit to our citizens and visitors alike."

At the launch event, Amber Robertson, winner of Aberdeen City Council's inaugural Made in Aberdeen Emerging Talent Prize (Oct 2013), spoke about her award and how it is supporting her career.

Artists and facilitators featured in the Cultural Profile films include Pete Stollery, Hayley Durward, Callum Kellie, Paul Mealor, Iain Gildea, Conan Abel, Katarina Chomova, Marie Skene and Steve Kearny.

Artist's proposals are accepted through an open application process: guidelines and applications are available for download at or alternatively can be requested by emailing or telephoning (01224) 522341. The deadline for applications will be Monday 28 April 2014.