Aberdeen Art Gallery re-opens to the public on Saturday 2 November following its landmark redevelopment. The Learning team is excited to share this fantastic cultural venue with all our learning colleagues. With 21 galleries, a purpose-built Learning Space, Seminar Room, digital and other hands-on interactives for all ages, more artworks and objects on display than ever before, we know it will be at the top of your list of places to visit.
Book your place on one of the teachers’ private view CPD sessions and discover all we have to offer:
- Aberdeen City Primary Teachers
Tuesday 26 November 16:00 – 17:30
- Aberdeen City Secondary Teachers
Thursday 28 November 16:00 – 17:30
What can we see and do at Aberdeen Art Gallery?
Martin Parr – Think of Scotland
Martin Parr is one of Britain’s most-celebrated photographers. This exhibition has been developed over a 25-year period in which Parr has visited locations across the length and breadth of the country. Exploring leisure, landscapes, food and community, this is the first exhibition of Parr’s work of Scotland, a country for which he has a great affection.
Aberdeen at Leisure has been commissioned by Aberdeen Art Gallery to celebrate its landmark redevelopment. During several visits to the city in 2017 Parr photographed Aberdonians in locations as diverse as sporting venues, places of worship and nightclubs.
Alchemy: Inspiring Art, Inspiring Science
During the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery a number of Aberdeen City schools had the opportunity to borrow and display objects from Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums’ collections. Over an 18-month period 11 classes with 370 pupils worked with curators, scientists and artists to explore connections between art and science. A selection of their work is on display in Gallery 2.
Self-guided visits to Aberdeen Art Gallery
On your self-guided visit you can explore all of the permanent collection galleries and visit our special exhibitions. We strongly advise that you book your self-guided visit in advance to ensure the best visiting experience for you and your learners. Recommended days for school group visits are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00 – 14:30.
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Teacher’s notes are available to support self-guided visits and provide a learning focus for learners at all stages. Themes are: Children in art, Portraiture, Scottish Art, Modern to Contemporary, Nature, Narrative. Packs include a map of the building, artist information, discussion points and suggestions for activities. These can be downloaded at www.aagm.co.uk/learning in advance of your visit.
Martin Parr – Think of Scotland at Aberdeen Art Gallery
Book a one-hour facilitated visit to the Martin Parr: Think of Scotland special exhibition on Tuesdays between 10:30 and 14:30. Download the supporting teacher’s notes from our website.
To book self-guided and facilitated visits email firstname.lastname@example.org
What else is happening?
The learning team is committed to actively engaging with learners of all ages, to ensure that our educational provision meets the needs of all our young people. We want to see and hear them in all our venues. To help achieve this we have been working on a range of projects:
- Art Chat offers short audio interpretations of selected artworks on display at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Primary learners from the Northfield area provide their unique perspective for you to listen to while exploring the gallery’s displays.
- Senior Learner Voice is an ongoing project to meet with senior phase secondary school pupils to discuss what the new gallery space will mean to them.
- Buoyed by the success of their Fashion Show at Aberdeen Maritime Museum in January 2019, NESCol Fashion & Textiles students are planning an even larger show for February 2020. Please encourage any secondary students who are considering studying fashion and textiles to come along to Aberdeen Maritime Museum to see the show and talk to students at the after-show reception.
Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Aberdeen Maritime Museum is of course still open for educational visits, Monday to Friday 10:00 – 17:00. The next special exhibition is Cartomania, A Victorian Photographic Phenomenon, which showcases numerous styles of Carte de visite – the first form of affordable mass-produced photography.
We look forward to welcoming you.