Aberdeen has a unique culture, where traditions of the north-east flourish alongside contemporary creative activity. Aberdeen City Council recognises the intrinsic value of the arts as well as the benefits a strong cultural sector brings by improving the wellbeing of citizens, attracting tourism, and encouraging new businesses to trade in the city.

Individuals who are Aberdeen City residents can apply for awards of up to £2,500. There are up to 8 awards allocated annually. Proposals should demonstrate a high quality cultural and creative activity within Aberdeen. Proposals should demonstrate a high quality cultural and creative activity within Aberdeen. Please note there should be a clear public outcome and output which is to the benefit of residents in the City of your proposal. 

Are you ready to turn your skills into a summer of opportunity?

Action for Arts is looking for talented individuals like yourself to join them. If you're a budding entrepreneur, musician, designer, into PR, film maker, performer, or a sportsperson, Arts in Action have the perfect intern work experience opportunities awaiting you. Gain hands on experience, sharpen your skills, and unleash your abilities in a dynamic and supportive environment.

Based in Rhyl, also available online.

Spare Bob is a £500 microgrant that you can use to fund training or support that will help you progress your creative practice or nurture a new skill. 

You can apply for Spare Bob to cover costs towards the following areas of creative development.

Advice, guidance or learning from others

Spare Bob can be used to pay for consultation or advice on areas such as:

Training and events

Spare Bob can be used to pay for things like

Going places and getting inspired 

Spare Bob can be used to cover ticket and travel costs for attending things like 

Developing new partnerships 

Spare Bob can be used to

Personal development

Spare Bob can be used to pay for the time and costs related to your creative development, but not towards creating a piece of work. 

Equipment

Spare Bob can be used to purchase or hire specialist equipment related to the skill you want to develop. This fund cannot be used to buy more general equipment most artists need for their practice such as laptops, printers, tablets, replacement instruments or kit etc. 

Learn salon treatment techniques and explore careers in hair and beauty.

Looking to discover new talents and explore career options in hair and beauty?

Learn to create your own looks and meet new people on our free Get Started with Hair and Make-up course.

Discover techniques for doing daytime and glam make-up. And learn how to work with different hair types to create attractive styles.

Get hands-on experience and explore what career options could be right for you. You’ll also benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

Dates: 22 - 26 July

The Mercury has seen many famous faces perform on its stages since the theatre opened in 1972. Let us take you behind the scenes to explore the backstage secrets of what makes a spectacular Mercury production.

Your guide will take you on a journey through our amazing spaces including the rehearsal room, wardrobe and workshop. We aim for our tours to last one hour.

Looking to discover new talents and explore career options in hair and beauty?

Learn to create your own looks and meet new people on our free Get Started with Hair and Make-up course.

Discover techniques for doing daytime and glam make-up. And learn how to work with different hair types to create attractive styles.

Get hands-on experience and explore what career options could be right for you. You’ll also benefit from support from our staff or one of our mentors to help you uncover your next steps.

Dates: 20 - 24 January 2025

On Tuesday 30 July we will once again open our doors at the Piccadilly Theatre to give anyone aspiring to a career in theatre a glimpse behind the curtain of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Following its debut last year, Get Technical! offers the chance to hear from members of the backstage and technical teams, watch live on-stage demonstrations and learn more about what goes into the making of the West End’s leading musical Spectacular!

From wigs to wardrobe to sound to stage management, the event aims to motivate and inspire young people to consider a career in backstage positions in the performing arts industry. Attendees will be shown how the different technical departments work together to create the production and be given a sneak peek of some of the stage secrets and magic behind the show.

Backstage and technical team members will also share stories from their own career journeys and give tips for getting into the industry.

Places are limited and registration does not guarantee a place. Booking links will be sent to those successful with a link to book and confirm your place nearer the time.

We have a number of free bursary places available, please indicate on the form if you’d like to be considered for a free space.

This course is designed for students wanting to pursue a career as an employed or self-employed Makeup Artist, providing hair and makeup services in the media, theatre, fashion and photographic industries.

You’ll develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to plan for and provide make up applications, hair preparations services, fashion and editorial make up with extended knowledge in face and body art. This will enable you to produce an overall total look and participate in competition work.

Those aged 19 or over may not need to pay fees depending on their circumstances.

Access to Work can help you get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability.

The support you get will depend on your needs. Through Access to Work, you can apply for:

Do you dream of a career as a professional special effects makeup artist in film and television?

Come and spend 3 days in our state of the art facilities at Pinewood Studios and learn how to create cuts, burns, scars and more. You will be taught by our highly experienced tutors who can give you a true insight into the life of a professional SFX makeup artist.

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