Adults only after hours at Aberdeen Art Gallery

9 May 2014

A new addition to Aberdeen's events calendar will give people a chance to see one of the city's best known and loved spaces in a whole new light from 6.30pm until 10pm on Friday 16 May at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The first of what is anticipated to be a new programme of free late night events, After Hours: Creative Invasion will offer visitors, aged 18 years and older, the opportunity to actively participate in a range of activities out with the usual opening hours.

The beautiful sculpture court and ground floor spaces will be the hub of the event, with pop-up licensed bar and musical performances from singer Cindy Douglas, who has created a set especially for the evening and performers from Aberdeen Student Show.

After Hours: Creative Invasion will enable visitors to discover the Aberdeen's War and James McBey War Artist exhibitions within the special context of this special event. For the competitive there will be opportunities to compete in fun challenges and undertake top secret missions, with prizes up for grabs.

Visitors can unleash their designer flair and create an alternative remembrance poppy, work with printmakers from Peacock Visual Arts to print their own propaganda or try their hand at a spot of creative writing in artist led sessions.

Visitors inspired by poster printing can discover more about wartime propaganda posters in an intriguing talk by Dr Amy Bryzgel; Agitate and Educate: Art in Russia and Europe at the Time of the Great War.

Visitors will be encouraged to dress-up in the gallery's wartime costumes and strike a pose for the camera. Photos will be given the vintage treatment and made available for free download after the event. Budding Guerilla artists are invited to help create a colourful paper installation and leave a peace crane somewhere in the gallery for one of the daytime visitors, or send a telegram to someone special.

Anna Shortland, informal learning officer and event co-ordinator, Aberdeen Art Gallery, said: "The Art Gallery is an amazing, unique place at any time of the day, and so we are confident that people will have a brilliant night.

"We know that our visitors are keen to see the gallery in a more informal and social context - having fun in a museum or art gallery is not just for children but for adults too. The line-up is sure to bring in new audiences and we've already had lots of interest in this event."

This is a drop-in event so no advance booking is required. Some activities will run at timed intervals and places on activities will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

For full details of the event please visit

This event is part of the Festival of Museums event programme taking place across Scotland (Friday 16 May - Sunday 18 May 2014). Visit for details.

Visitors to Aberdeen Art Gallery's After Hours event are invited to continue their evening at The Tippling House on Belmont Street. Event attendees will be entitled to a special one night only discount on cocktails from the Blitz at the Ritz menu.