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Arts Development

Arts Development is part of Aberdeen City Council's Education, Culture and Sport Service and is led by professional practitioners.

Our City Centre, Older Peoples and Outreach Programmes are linked together to enable individuals, groups and communities of all ages to learn skills that create life long changes.

We work in partnership to create sustainable and inclusive learning opportunities, encouraging citizens to realise their potential and involvement in the arts through projects, workshops, volunteering, training and exhibitions.

Creative Communities

Creative Communities is a programme of exciting and varied arts workshops and events for residents of all ages from Aberdeen's seven regeneration areas, coordinated by Arts Development, Aberdeen City Council. On offer are opportunities for residents to engage with high quality arts projects in an informal, friendly environment. Projects will explore traditional as well as more experimental arts projects taking place from August 2013 – March 2014. We invite you to be inspired, take part and try something new.

Each area will host a four-week arts project devised and delivered by a lead artist. Projects will take place in Tillydrone, Middlefield, Torry, Northfield and Cummings Park, Seaton and Woodside.

Participants are encouraged to follow the project as it moves from area to area. All workshops detailed in this programme are available to residents from all of the above areas.

Arts Development
Tel.: 01224 81 47 40

Northfield Artist-in-Residence Opportunity

Public Art Aberdeen (PAA) would like to commission a freelance artist or artists to work as artist-in-residence in Northfield, a regeneration area in Aberdeen. This opportunity is open to local, national and international artists of all disciplines.

Northfield is a long established neighbourhood in the west of Aberdeen with a rich history, diverse community and many positive features. It is mainly residential, but also includes a large rural area on its west side, a large industrial site at Granitehill, as well as parkland and a bustling shopping centre at Byron Square.

Based at Northfield Community Centre, the role of the artist in this commission is to assist PAA and the neighbourhood in developing a 'Public Art Plan' for Northfield, through a process of engaging and collaborating with its communities to create temporary public artwork(s) which explore, examine, highlight and discuss issues surrounding public space in the area.

For more information on this opportunity and on how to apply please click on the  link below.

Arts Development - Our Aims

  • To break down barriers to participation in cultural activity;
  • To promote community engagement in culture and the arts; 
  • To create projects recognised locally, nationally and in Europe; 
  • To offer employment opportunities for local, national and international artists;
  • To develop inclusive projects that link with heritage, public art, artists international, new media and volunteering.


Facts and Figures


  • offer over 15,000 local cultural learning opportunities every year; Two volunteers working on blue fabric for the Our Story parade
  • involve over 500 people per a week in cultural activity within Aberdeen;
  • have raised over 750,000 in funding over the past 5 years;
  • have organised over 1000 workshops annually;.
  • have productive partnerships with over 80 groups and organisations. 


Arts Development - Our Staff

Arts Development is staffed by a Community Arts Manager, a team of Community Arts Officers, Arts Tutors and Clerical and Administrative staff. Practicing and degree qualified artists lead all workshops. Community Arts Officers each have a geographical or thematic remit, details of which can be found in the current Arts Development brochure.

Contacting Arts Development

For further information on Arts Development in Aberdeen, please contact the Community Arts Manager:

  • Arts Development
    Education, Culture & Sport
    Ground Floor
    AECC Balgownie 1
    Conference Way
    Bridge of Don
    Aberdeen, AB23 8AQ
    Tel 01224 814740