Unique opportunity for aspiring young artists

20 October

Aspiring young artists are being invited to apply for two two-day Winter Schools being held in November at Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill.

These free creative sessions for 14 - 19 year-olds are inspired by the upcoming BP Portrait Award and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics.

BP Portrait Award: Next Generation is a three-year project that aims to encourage young artists of the future, from first-time gallery visitors to those who want to make art their career, by connecting them with other young people interested in portraiture.

These workshops will offer an intensive experience for aspiring artists to consider their artistic potential and will provide the opportunity for young people to work with artist Kelly-Anne Cairns to explore portraiture. Enthused by this programme it is hoped that a future BP Portrait Award winner could evolve from this experience.

Fiona Mair, learning manager for Aberdeen City Council based at Aberdeen Art Gallery, said: We have had an amazingly positive response to the BP Portrait Award: Next Generation taster sessions and we are now really excited about the Winter Schools. Applications are already coming in and I am looking forward to reading them all with Kelly-Anne Cairns, the artist who will be leading the Winter Schools."

The two-day sessions will be held on:

10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday 19 November - Sunday 20 November;

10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday 26 November - Sunday 27 November.

Applications for places opened on Wednesday 19 October and close at 5pm on Friday 04 November. For more information visit www.aagm.co.uk

The project has been developed in collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, London.

The BP Portrait Award goes on show at Aberdeen Art Gallery from Saturday 12 November 2011 until Saturday 21 January 2012.