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Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous: Day Tickets

Celebrating five decades of iconic design, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous is the largest ever exhibition dedicated to British design legend Dame Zandra Rhodes. This must-see exhibition presents influential looks, original textiles and archive material.  

From 27th November until 20 March
Closed 25, 26 December and 31 December, 1, 2 January 

Guthrie's Goslings

Join Guthrie the Goose as each month he playfully introduces our youngest visitors to a different artwork or theme. 
Sessions can include a mixture of music, dance, crafts and games. Expect something different every time.

Suitable for pre-school children aged 2-5 years.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday 12 January 2022 - CANCELLED
Say Hello to Guthrie - This month Guthrie the Goose will introduce us to one of his favourite artworks; To Pastures New by James Guthrie.
Together we’ll explore this painting through movement, songs, games and stories.

Wednesday 2 February 2022

Pattern and Print - Inspired by the fabulous designs of Zandra Rhodes, we’ll explore patterns and get creative with print making.
This is a messy activity. Please wear old clothes.

Wednesday 2 March 2022
Deconstruct and Reconstruct - Join Guthrie in exploring some of the Gallery’s sculptural works, before constructing your own 3D creations.

On arrival, head straight to the ground floor learning space, just off gallery 2.

Please note that space for prams is limited.

Lunchbreak Concert : Joseph Long

Thursday 3rd February 2022 - Cowdray Hall - 12.45pm - 1.30pm

Pre-Concert Talk - 12noon (20 minutes)

Virtuoso pianist Joseph Long makes a welcome return to the Cowdray Hall, with the first live Lunchbreak Concert since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Joseph has set himself the challenge of playing all 18 of Mozart’s piano sonatas – this concert is the fifth in the series and the first to be performed live.  

Family Fun: Pattern & Print

Decorative patterns are everywhere, from our clothing to the objects that decorate our homes. In this practical session we’ll experiment with creating our own hand drawn and cut foam shape stampers. Using these stampers, we’ll design colourful repeating printed patterns.  

This is a messy activity, we advise wearing old clothes.  

Suitable for children aged 4-12 years.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Choose the session that suits you best and book your tickets. 

Both sessions take place on 15 February.

Lunchbreak Concert : Thistle String Quartet

Thursday 17th February 2022 - Cowdray Hall - 12.45pm - 1.30pm

The Thistle String Quartet is Coralie Usmani and Megan Cormack (violin), Laurie Rominger (viola) and Emily DeSimone (cello). Their collective performance careers have spanned an impressive array of local and international orchestras and chamber groups. Based in Aberdeen, members of the quartet are all active music educators (Big Noise Torry, Aberdeen City Council) and passionate about passing on music to the next generation. 

Aberdeen Stitch & Textile Group: Make and Embellish a Needlecase

Enjoy all things embroidered as part of the exhibition Diamond Celebration: 60 Years of the Embroiderers’ Guild in Aberdeen. 

Make and embellish a needlecase with Evelyn Duncan
Saturday 19 February 2022, 1.00-4.00pm

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Learning Space
£5 per person, booking essential

Pieces of felt and other fabrics will be used to make a unique needlecase, embellished with appliqué and embroidery stitches.
A kit will be provided with all materials required along with additional materials for embellishment.
The workshop is suitable for beginners and more experienced stitchers.

Guest @ Gray's : Kenny Hunter

Join us as we launch our new partnership with Gray’s School of Art: a series of free Guest @ Gray’s lectures bringing the best national and international artists, designers, writers and curators to Aberdeen. This first lecture is by renowned Scottish sculptor Kenny Hunter, whose exhibition Sculpture Court is on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Kenny will share insights into his practice as a teacher and an artist working in galleries and the urban environment. 

His lecture will take place in the Cowdray Hall.

Lunchbreak Concert : Aberdeen City Music School

Thursday 3rd March 2022 - Cowdray Hall - 12.45pm - 1.30pm

Enjoy performances from talented young musicians attending the centre of musical excellence based at Dyce Academy. This specialist music school supports talented musicians from all over Scotland to continue their general education whilst receiving expert tuition and additional time for music study.  

Creative Collective: Zandra Zine Workshop. Fashion Illustration & Zine Workshop for Young People (15-21)

Creative Collective workshops and events are for young people and students (ages 15-21) to get creative in Aberdeen Art Gallery and be inspired by our collections and temporary exhibitions.

In this Creative Collective workshop we will take inspiration from Zandra Rhodes designs and the AAGM collections to create fashion illustrations which can be added to your own unique punk-influenced zine. This is a great way to experiment with fashion illustration and explore your style with other creative young people. Places are limited, so book soon to avoid disappointment.

No experience needed and all abilities are welcome.

All materials will be provided and the workshop will be held in our spacious learning space.

Saturday 5 March 2022, 2.00-4.00pm

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Learning Space
£5.00 per person, booking essential


Lunchbreak Concert : Neil Birse and Ed Parr

Thursday 17th March 2022 - Cowdray Hall - 12.45pm - 1.30pm

Neil and Ed will be playing a selection of jazz standards and originals. Aberdeen-born Neil Birse, a recent graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, is passionate about performance and education, often working with jazz, folk, classical and rock musicians. Trombonist Ed Parr is also a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and a past member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Based in London he splits his time between teaching and performing with a variety of ensembles. 

Lunchbreak Concert : Songs from Medieval Aberdeen

Thursday 31st March 2022 - Cowdray Hall - 12.45pm - 1.30pm

How can 15th-century legal documents be turned into contemporary folk songs? Using Aberdeen’s UNESCO-recognised medieval town registers for inspiration, this project has achieved just that! Join historian Dr Claire Hawes and musicians Davy Cattanach, Paddy Buchanan and Craig Spink to hear the songs performed on guitar, bodhran and percussion with vocals in Scots, find out more about Aberdeen’s medieval history, and how the two were brought together.