Gallery Late: Tonic

Special Event

31/01/2020 - 31/01/2020

Join us for a fun evening of activities, discussion and debate exploring how art and design can empower, transform and reinvigorate.

Could our newly redeveloped Art Gallery be a tonic for the soul and the city?

Take part in activities designed to encourage collaboration, creativity and contemplation as we ask questions of art and design’s relevance today as a tool for personal and social development.

Enjoy live music, a cash bar, artist led activities, debate and even a silent disco dance tour.


£15 / £12 + booking fee



Here's what you have to look forward to . . .



DJs Thought Criminal (Fierce Collective) and Ayeken (Binary School) will provide uplifting beats 6.30-8.00pm / 8.45-10.00pm.

Singer, Finn Henderson-Palmer, from Aboyne, was handpicked by Emeli Sande after being spotted busking on Union Street. Hear his set 8.00 -8.45pm

Introducing young song-writer, Josh Simpson. Josh will perform two pop-up performances during the evening.

Art is Good For You

Improve your life in just 30 minutes by taking part in this fun challenge, while exploring the Art Gallery. *

Complete all activities and you could be in with the chance of winning the Mystery Prize Bag!

*Disclaimer: timings are suggested and there is no guarantee of life improvement…just have fun.

6.30 -10.00pm

Tell Me Tree

There is widespread agreement that art is very important, but it can be remarkably hard to say quite why. Share your thoughts or experiences by tagging the Tell Me Tree.

6.30 -10.00pm

Painted Faces

Let your face become the canvas at artist Ulianka's face painting bar.

6.30 -10.00pm, last slot 9.45pm

The Psychology of Colour in Fashion

Have you ever wondered how a simple colour can change the way you look, feel and even the perception of others around you? Join local fashion stylist Hayley of HJC Styling in the Crafting Colour gallery to find out more.

7.00pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm. Talks last 30 minutes.

Presence & Play

Destroy any unhelpful thoughts and turn them into something brilliant in the Presence & Play area - what better way to kick off 2020.

6.30 - 10pm

Inside Out

Indulge in a spot of self-reflection with textile artist Elaine Grant of Creative Misse. Celebrate what makes you unique and wonderful by experimenting with colour, pattern and sensory materials to create a bespoke mask.

6.30 -10.00pm


Join artist Laura Reilly in exploring the value of play in social development. Choose your team, screen print a bespoke team poster and get ready to participate in the greatest challenge of all time!

Skee-Pong is a playful hybrid of ping-pong and the arcade game skee-ball.

6.30 -10.00pm

Exquisite Corpse

Join us for an adrenaline filled collaborative speed sketching challenge. No drawing experience necessary.

6.45pm, 7.45pm, 8.45pm. Activity lasts 30 minutes.


Take some time out and soak up the calming influence of Barbara Hepworth's Meditation, while creating your own mandala from natural materials.

6.30 -10.00pm

Fibre Knots

Looking for a new hobby, but unsure of where to start?

Discover more about the wellbeing benefits of crafting through engaging with local creatives and simple textile crafts.

Find out more about local Fibre Knot Meetups.

6.30 -10.00pm

Anthony Schrag 'Is Art Good for You?'

Guest artist Anthony Schrag will challenge the idea 'Art is Good for You' in a performance piece in the gallery. Then join him and others for a lively discussion in the Art Bar on level 2.

6.30 - 7.30pm

Art Bar

Guest artist Anthony Schrag will challenge the idea 'Art is Good for You' in a performance piece in the gallery.

Then grab a drink and join Anthony and others for a lively discussion in the Art Bar on level 2.

Nod along agreeably or voice your opinions and drop the mic - it's totally up to you!

Drop-in and out or stay for the duration.

7.30 - 9.00pm

Silent Disco Dance Tour
With Chris Stuart Wilson

Choreographer, performer and host of Get Scotland Dancing, Dance Along Movies, Chris's outgoing personality, style and energy will have you busting some moves as he guides you effortlessly through routines and freestyling on all 3 levels of the Gallery.

Sign up for spaces opens 15 minutes before the tour starts. Spaces are limited for this activity and allocated on a first come first served basis.

Sign up on Level 2 at Exhibition entrance.

Tours 7.00pm, 8.00pm, 9.00pm. Tours last 30 minutes.

Playful Tours

Join drama facilitator Stephanie Walls for a playful Art Gallery experience.

This is not your ordinary tour!

Please note that there are 15 spaces available on each tour -allocated on a first come first served basis.

Tours start at 7pm and 8.30pm

Places at activities are designated on a first come, first-served basis and operate 6.30-10pm, unless stated otherwise.

Filming and photography will take place at this event.

Refreshments and Retail

There will be a cash bar selling a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.