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ABERDEEN ART GALLERY - Family Ceilidh with Iron Broo

Saturday 28 May - Cowdray Hall - 1.30-3.30pm

Join renowned Aberdeen Ceilidh Duo, Iron Broo, for a rousing afternoon of Scottish music and dance in the beautiful Cowdray Hall.  New to ceilidh or ceilidh-ing a bit rusty?  No need to worry, as all the dances are explained as you go along.  A great way to celebrate Scottish culture and suitable for all the family. 

Guthrie's Goslings!

Join Guthrie the Goose as he playfully introduces our youngest visitors to a different artwork or theme each month. Sessions can include a mixture of music, dance, crafts and games. Suitable for pre-school children ages 2–5 years. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  

Make Your Mark!
Wednesday 6 April
2pm (45mins)
£5
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Learning Space
Explore the shapes and patterns in our Abstract Art gallery then have fun experimenting with a lots of lovely mark-making materials! This is a messy activity - please wear old clothes and we recommend you bring an old towel and a change of clothes.

Black and White
Wednesday 4 May
2pm (45mins)
£5
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Learning Space
If you love the idea of a messy activity, but can’t bear to do it at home, come along and get your hands on charcoal to draw, smudge and blend – we’ll do the tidying up, so you don’t have to! This is a messy activity - please wear old clothes and we recommend you bring an old towel and a change of clothes.

Still Life
Wednesday 1 June
2pm (45 mins)
£5

Join Guthrie in his studio and work on your own mini masterpiece. This month we experiment with smaller painting surfaces and using delicate brushes to encourage careful strokes.  
This is a messy activity.  Please wear old clothes. We advise bringing a spare change of clothes and an old towel.  

Family Workshop : Screen Printing with Vhairi Walker

Family Workshop: Screen Printing with Vhairi Walker (5+) 
Saturday 11 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm 
£5

Come along try something new and get creative, by designing your very own tote bag design, inspired by the shapes and textures within Aberdeen Art Gallery. 

Family Workshop : Make a Mini Me with Elaine Grant

Family Workshop: Make a Mini Me with Elaine Grant (8+) 
Sunday 12 June, 11.30am - 1.30pm
£5

Elaine will show you how to make one of her charismatic soft sculpture characters, inspired by what makes you wonderful inside and out. Give it as a gift or keep as a reminder of how truly amazing you are!   There will be plenty of materials to work with but you are welcome to bring any preloved clothing or haberdashery that you want to incorporate into your character. 

The workshop will involve some basic cutting and hand sewing techniques and is suitable for children aged 8+ 

Baby Boogie

Saturday 25th June, 11.00am - 12.30pm
Cowdray Hall

A daytime disco for little ones to enjoy with their adults!
Join DJ Nina for a fun-filled morning of sparkly dance tunes in the spacious Cowdray Hall.
Coffees, cakes and juices are available to buy from the café.
 

Red Note Ensemble : The Good Company Tour

Red Note Ensemble : The Good Company Tour
Wednesday 29 June, 7.30pm
Cowdray Hall

In their Good Company Tour Red Note want to celebrate with you the simple pleasure of making and listening to music. Join the acclaimed string quartet of Jackie Shave (violin), Tom Hankey (violin), Fiona Winning (viola) and Robert Irvine (cello) as they perform some of their favourite music, in a varied programme for all tastes, from Beethoven to Philip Glass, and from John Taverner to Shostakovich.

Workshop: Illumination Art with artist Gabi Reith

Wednesday 13 July, 10.30am-12.30pm 
Wednesday 13 July, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Learning Space, Aberdeen Art Gallery

Take inspiration from the beautiful Book Of Deer’s incredible illustrations in this artist- led workshop to make your own illuminated illustration. Young artists will be encouraged to think about their own lives and what is important to them, before exploring ways to represent those ideas through illustration.

Workshops: Book of Deer Doric Writing Workshop

Saturday 16 July 2022 1pm - 3.30pm
Learning Space, Aberdeen Art Gallery

Using a series of writing prompts, create your own page or mini Book of Deer in a workshop hosted by local writer and spoken word artist, Jo Gilbert, followed by an informal sharing event. Jo Gilbert is a spoken word artist and writer from Aberdeen who has been published widely in anthologies and magazines. Past projects and commissions include Look Again Festival, St Anza Poetry Festival, Loud Poets and Ten Feet Tall theatre company and Aberdeen Art Gallery’s Micro-commissions programme. 

The workshop is followed by a chance for participants to share their writing:
Saturday 16 July
3.45pm (30mins)
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Free
 

Workshop: Dancing in the Margin

Thursday 11 August 2022  2-4pm  
Learning Space, Aberdeen Art Gallery

Join our Performance and Events Officer Ruth Kent, who is also a dance artist, for a movement workshop inspired by the illuminated letters in the Book of Deer. Wear loose clothing.

Dr Ali Bonner, University of Cambridge Book of Deer lecture

Saturday 27 August 2022  2pm 
Cowdray Hall

Dr Ali Bonner is a Lecturer in the History of the Brittonic-Speaking Peoples and the History of the Gaelic-Speaking Peoples at the University of Cambridge. Her talk explores what the Book of Deer can tell us about political and religious developments in the late 9th and early 10th century and considers the significance of the notes written in the Gaelic language into the manuscript’s margins in the 12th century.

Local Heritage Symposium: That Belongs in a Museum!

Saturday 24 September 2022  10.30-3.30pm 
Aberdeen Art Gallery

That belongs in a museum...! Or does it? Join us for a day exploring how artefacts end up in museums, who puts them there and why – and what it all means once they’re part of a collection.

Gallery Late: Medieval Mayhem

Friday 30 September 2022  7pm 
Aberdeen Art Gallery

Join us for a special after hours event inspired by our exhibitions Book of Deer and Galloway Hoard. Expect cosplay, rune readings, Norse nonsense, medieval music and more. Full details to be announced.

£20 Early Bird tickets available until Monday 1 August. 
Ticket cost changes to £25 available from Tuesday 2 August until SOLD OUT

Performance: Book of Deer Suite

Saturday 1 October 2022  2:30pm 
Cowdray Hall

Inspired by the extraordinary 10th century gospel book, Richard Ingham leads Strangeness & Charm in a concert of plainsong, reels and electronic soundscapes: a sonic rollercoaster, with bells. The 12-part suite, commissioned by The Book of Deer Project, creates musical images of the book itself, the early monastery in Deer, and the local working community. Movements include The Light of Columba, Cathal’s Banquet, St Drostan at Deer, This Splendid Little Book, Dancing in the Margin and Still Shining. 

Richard Ingham, saxophones, whistles, bass clarinet, wind synthesiser
Maarten Verbraeken, trumpet, flugel horn
Fraser Burke, keyboards, accordion
May Halyburton, bass
Andy James, drums and percussion