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RGU celebrates creative talent of young people in north-east


Robert Gordon University (RGU) and Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning Team are celebrating the city and shire’s young people in an exhibition showcasing their creative talent.

Art, design, architecture and photography by young people in the north-east will be featured in the ‘Our Creative Future Exhibition’ including work created by RGU’s Access to Creative Education in Scotland (ACES) programme participants.

ACES is a national programme delivered locally by the four Scottish Art schools which aims to provide a transformative experience for pupils from underrepresented schools and encourage applications to RGU’s Gray’s School of Art and Scott Sutherland School of Architecture.

RGU works with partner schools - as well as pupils from other schools who meet the wider access criteria - to create a culture of aspiration and have a positive and lasting impact on participants.

The partner schools include; Torry Academy, Northfield Academy, Kincorth Academy, Hazlehead Academy, St Machar Academy, Mintlaw Academy, Fraserburgh Academy and Peterhead Academy.

The pupils complete a 12 week programme, and in many cases are travelling up to two hours each way to attend the sessions, to gain subject knowledge and experience what it would be like to study a creative subject at university, with a view to forming post-school plans, whether that be to progress to college, university or the workplace.

James Dunphy, Director for Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access, said: “We are delighted to be able to showcase and celebrate the talent of young people from both Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire who have engaged in this outreach programme. RGU is proud to have played a role in nurturing these individuals and we look forward to continuing to support them on their learning journey.”

Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning Team engage with young people through individual action plans to overcome educational and employment barriers and develop transferrable skills.

Councillor John Wheeler, Education Operational Delivery Convener, said: “It’s great that, in the Year of Young People, Aberdeen City Council and our partners are celebrating the creativity of our young people and potentially offer up opportunities to develop their skills at renowned colleges of art and architecture. Our whole approach to education is to transform lives and provide the best possible outcomes for young people. This programme is an important part of that and I look forward to seeing the exhibition and the fantastic work our pupils have created.”

The exhibition launch of Our Creative Future will take place on Wednesday March 7 at 4pm at 17 Belmont Street, and will feature a series of workshops delivered by Aberdeen City Council’s Creative Learning Team and Robert Gordon University’s Access RGU Team.

Release by Stacey Lynch
Communications Officer
Press and Media Enquiries