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Celebrating Irving Berlin

Friday 31 May 2024, 7.30-9.30pm

Irving Berlin was a prolific composer who wrote more than 1,500 songs over his 101 years lifespan. Mezzo soprano Jane Monari and tenor Christian Schneeberger sing some of his most familiar melodies, accompanied by Derek Clark, in this beautifully constructed presentation of his life story. Feel free to hum along to Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Blue Skies, Won’t You Play a Simple Melody, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, and many more. An evening of great tunes which will appeal to those new to Irving Berlin as well as established fans.

Cowdray Hall
Tickets £14.00

Baby Boogie

Saturday 1 June 2024
Saturday 6 July 2024 - Beach Party - Get your sunglasses at the ready as we jet off on an exotic beach holiday. Jump and jive to a selection of
                                      popular music from DJ Nina and make the Cowdray Hall your own personal paradise. Dress to impress at this ultimate
                                      beach party!  
Saturday 3 August 2024
Saturday 7 September 2024
Saturday 5 October 2024

Cowdray Hall - 10.30am - 12.00noon
For under 5s and their adults

Fed up with repeating the same old nursery rhymes? Try our monthly daytime disco for little ones to enjoy with their adults! Boogie on down for a fun-filled morning of popular music with DJ Nina in the Cowdray Hall. Coffees, cakes and juices are available to buy from the café.  

BOOKING NOTE: When booking a family ticket, please use the drop-down menu to select the total number of people (children + adults) attending in your group.

Guthrie’s Goslings

Guthrie's Goslings: Paint - Colourful and Messy!, Wednesday 5 June 2024, 2.00-2.45pm
Guthrie invites you to explore a range of different paint surfaces and tools. Have you ever painted on wet fabric or used a dropper to drip paint from a height? Come and experiment in this unique mark making session. We advise that you bring a change of clothes and an old towel.

Guthrie's Goslings: Playtime at the Beach - Wednesday 3 July 2024, 2.00-2.45pm
We’ll be making a splash and enjoying an afternoon at the beach. Come and enjoy story time, sensory play and crafting as we explore our seaside-themed displays.

Guthrie's Goslings: Degas' dancers - Wednesday 7 August 2024, 2.00-2.45pm
Take a closer look at one of the beautiful sculpted ballerinas by French artist Edgar Degas. We’ll then limber up for a playful movement and dance session.

Guthrie's Goslings: Say Hello to Guthire - Wednesday 4 September 2024, 2.00-2.45pm
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.

Guthrie's Goslings: Time for Tea - Wednesday 2 October 2024, 2.00-2.45pm
You’re invited to a tea party! Search the Art Gallery for party essentials before we roll up our sleeves for a spot of pretend ‘cake’ decorating… but don’t forget to wash the dishes before you leave!

Venue: Aberdeen Art Gallery, Learning Space

For under 5s and their adults.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Babes in arms welcome to attend with siblings. Tickets £7.00

Drawings Beasts with Sadie Main

Saturday 13 July 2024, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Learning Space)

Aberdeen-based artist Sadie Main loves animals – real ones! She makes the exception for the unicorn, Scotland’s national animal. The unicorn is the seventh and the last animal of the New Aberdeen Bestiary, which emerged from Sadie’s long-lasting collaboration with Peacock printmaker Jonathan Comerford. Sadie leads this  drawing workshop for adults and young adults inspired by her practice and the works on display in Gallery 16, the New Aberdeen Bestiary.   

Ryan Young

Saturday 20 July 2024, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)

Multi award-winning Ryan Young presents a new and exciting perspective on traditional Scottish music. His fiddle playing brims with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. Let his distinctive sound take you on an emotional and adventurous journey.  

Aesop Ensemble

Sunday 21 July 2024, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)

The Aesop Ensemble, which reimagines storytelling through song, consists of Jessica Leary (soprano), Andrew McTaggart (baritone), Andrew Forbes (piano), and Andrew Huggan (cello).  
Enjoy an afternoon of carefully-curated programme ranging from intimate chamber music and western art song, through to lighter folk songs and songs from the musicals.  

Sprog Rock

Thursday 25 July 2024

Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)

Sprog Rock are the funkiest, glitziest, most sparkly band around, offering a gig experience especially for children. Whether you want to snuggle in our chillout zone, get funky with the family or let loose on the dancefloor, join in the fun and party Sprog Rock style!  

Ages 3+ and their families

Plop! in the Ocean

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July 2024
11.30am - 12.30pm
2.30pm - 3.30pm

Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)

Poseidon, Greek god of the sea, is sent on an adventure across the oceans to find the treasure ‘deep within’, but he comes back with more than anyone bargained for. Could his discovery help save the planet? Plop! in the Ocean is a hilarious slapstick comedy about friendship, plastic pollution and looking after our planet.  

Ages 4+ and their families

Family Ceilidh

Saturday 21 September 2024, 1.30-3.30pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)

Join renowned Aberdeen ceilidh band Iron Broo for an exhilarating afternoon of Scottish music and dance suitable for all the family. If you’ve never ceilidh-ed, or you’re feeling a bit rusty, don’t worry, all the dances will be explained by the musicians. Iron Broo’s rousing sound is a spirited blend of traditional Scottish melodies infused with world music influences. Their Orcadian Strip the Willow is awesome!

Suitable for all ages 

Beastly Bestiary with Gabi Raith

Saturday 21 September 2024, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Learning Space)

From the tiny rat to the gallant mare, join artist Gabi Reith and explore the beasts of all shapes and sizes which make up the New Aberdeen Bestiary. Learn how to draw your favourite animals using ink or brush pens.

Ages 7+

Raymond Besant

Saturday 28 September 2024, 2.00pm-3.00pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)

From the big skies of Orkney, where he grew up, to the vast landscapes of Africa and the heights of  Chinese mountain ranges, Raymond Besant reveals some of the thrills and adventures of his career as a wildlife cameraman and photographer. He has worked on a wide range of programmes for the BBC Natural History Unit and BBC Scotland, including the stunning Highlands – Scotland’s Wild Heart. Raymond shares photography and video highlights and discusses techniques used to capture the most elusive wildlife.

D&D @ AAG presents: The Radiant Vault

Saturday 19 October 2024, 9.30am-5.00pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)

Twelve Dungeon Masters, 12 tables, one day of epic storytelling! Experience ‘one shot adventures’ inspired by our collection and buildings. Bash monsters, explore worlds, and be the light in the darkness as you play your part in this inclusive and non-competitive roleplaying game.  

Ages 16+

Banter and Beats - An Evening of Doric

Friday 25 October 2024, 7.30pm-9.00pm
Aberdeen Art Gallery (Cowdray Hall)
Pay what you feel

A modern take on the North East’s mother tongue of Doric, enjoy an evening of spoken word and music as we showcase some of the best up-and-coming local talent. Whether you’re a teuchter, a toonser, or simply visiting the city, you’re all invited. It’s sure to be affa fine!  Supported by the Doric Board.  

Ages 14+