Post | Your Aberdeen | Issue #1


Well what a July it's been here in Aberdeen. Not only has the weather been uncharacteristically warm for much of the month, but we've also been treated to a fantastic series of cultural events that have seen people starting to venture their way back into the city centre. Covid is still a concern for our community, but we're a long way from the grim cloud that hung over the city this time last year.

Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the highlights we have pulled together from in and around our Aberdeen!

KMG for Nuart Aberdeen | Photo by Chris Sansbury

In this issue

  • Welcome
  • The British Art Show 9 Arrives in Aberdeen
  • Nuart production brings new colour to the city centre
  • Temp Check: Mark McAulay from Singularity Sauce Co
  • Ian Watt from Code the City on the benefits of Open Data
  • Return of fans inspires Aberdeen FC to European thrashing
  • Temp Check: Director Mark Stirton
  • Another world is possible: Aberdeen People’s Press and radical media in the 1970s
  • Vagrant Real Estate explores Holy Places
  • Tour of Britain | Stage Eight
  • Gray’s School of Art Graduate Degree Show 2021
  • Your Photos!
  • From the archive

So welcome!

This is our first issue of Your Aberdeen. We've planned a newsletter for a long time, but we wanted to find the right platform, and this feels like the right place for us. We're going to start out with a monthly edition...a kind of roll up of the people we have spoken to over the month, as well as stories, music and photographs that have caught our attention over the previous month.

It's a learning curve for us as publishers and for you as readers, so please let us know if you have any suggestions, criticisms, or even positive feedback. Just hit reply to this email, or get in touch on one of our social media channels.

We're excited to hear from you.

Chris & Kevin | Post

Nuart production bring new colour to the

Nuart Aberdeen's 2021 show has been nothing short of spectacular. In "normal" years we would have had one massive drop of amazing street art over the space of one week. This year, though, we've had a new artist visiting the city every week. This has allowed the artists a little more time to lovingly complete their work, giving us some of the very best murals that Nuart has ever given the city.

British Art Show 9 arrives in

British Art Show 9 has opened at Aberdeen Art Gallery. Aberdeen is the most northerly venue for the British Art Show in the event's long history. If you've not visited yet, you should. There is a lot to talk about. POST is part of the show's Ambassadors programme, so this is a conversation we'll be having throughout its Aberdeen run.

Temp Check: Mark McAulay from Singularity Sauce

The delightful Mark McAulay spoke to us about his hot sauce company, Singularity Sauce Co. He launched just as the rest of us were going into lockdown, and despite that, his award winning sauces have brought him a worldwide following. Mark was honest and frank about the challenges he faced, and it makes for a great read.

Ian Watt from Code the City on Open

You may have read about Open Data while browsing the internet, or reading the news. However, to many of us it remains subject that seems important but we’ll get to it one day. We reached out to Ian Watt, cofounder and trustee of Aberdeen charity Code the City. We asked him to explain the fantastic civic benefits of open data. He also takes a look at whether our local and national governments are performing well on delivering both the benefits and the data.

Return of fans inspires Aberdeen FC to European

Fans returned to Pittodrie and they were not disappointed. Five fantastic goals from a newly revitalised Dons team. A new match captain pushing his team to one of their best displays in a long time. The Aberdeen faithful made their way home knowing this was a European night that would live long in the memory.

Temp Check: Director Mark

One Day Removals is a movie that has a legendary status in the city. One of those films that gets passed between friends and work mates. We had a chat with it's director, Mark Stirton. He told us about what he's been up to in lockdown, the challenges he's faced as a film director in Aberdeen, and we heard about his plans for the future.

Another world is possible: Aberdeen People’s Press and radical media in the

Peacock Visual Arts launched a new show at The Worm gallery on Castlegate. A look back at the Aberdeen People's Press. The publication ran for 11 years in the city and, as well as the fortnightly newspaper, it served as a hub for radical thinkers and campaigners.

Vagrant Real Estate explores Holy

Aberdeen producer Vagrant Real Estate released a new track with Edinburgh based singer, Misty Galactic. We had a chat with them both about the song, and had a more in-depth conversation with Vagrant Real Estate about his thoughts on the city's music scene and how it's been effected by Covid-19.

Tour of Britain | Stage

The route has been set for the Tour of Britain's closing stage, set to take place in September this year. Stage Eight will set out from Stonehaven, and will finish along Aberdeen's Beach Esplanade. It looks set to be a huge day for sport in the North-East...but we would like to explore what kind of legacy Aberdeen City Council hope the event will leave in our city. Watch this space.

Gray’s School of Art Graduate Degree Show

Gray's School of Art gives our city a wealth of amazingly talented people, and the Graduate Degree Show is their moment to show of their hard work to the people of Aberdeen. Due to Covid, this year's event is again being held online, but the wealth of talent on show is no less spectacular.

Your photos

KMG for Nuart Aberdeen Summer Well to say I was excited to hear about Katie aka KMG joining the Nuart Aberdeen line up would be an understatement. Since Nuart landed in...

Granite City With lockdown easing and people starting to come out of hibernation, I thought it would be nice to create a group for arranging photowalks around Aberdeen and maybe surrounding areas too - it seems to

Victorian shelter at Aberdeen beach given Pride flag makeover by young job-seekers A group of young job-seekers have brightened up a historic shelter at Aberdeen beach with an eye-catching Pride flag makeover.

Proposal for 3rd Cruyff Court unveiled for Aberdeen

A proposal for a new sports and activity area, including basketball and dodgeball courts, mini-tennis courts and a running track, are being explored by Aberdeen City Council.

Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior heads back to Aberdeen for ‘Just Transition’ event The Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior ship will be back in Aberdeen on Saturday to host a panel discussion on the need for a “just transition” for oil workers.

Aberdeen FC to commission statue honouring Sir Alex Aberdeen Football Club has commissioned a statue of Sir Alex Ferguson to commemorate his outstanding contribution to the Club. The bronze statue,

Street artist Skeps brightens up Aberdeen city centre with portrait artworks Talented street artist Skeps has been creating eye-catching artworks around Aberdeen to brighten up the city centre.

Shay Logan and Jevan Anderson join Cove Rangers We are delighted to confirm the signing of former Aberdeen defenders Shay Logan and Jevan Anderson. Full-back Shay, has agreed a three year deal that will keep him at Balmoral...

Blockbuster boost for Aberdeen as plans for Bon Accord Centre cinema are approved Council bosses have approved plans to boost the commercial heart of Aberdeen with a new cinema at the Bon Accord Centre.

Make Aberdeen Accessible – Aberdeen Cycle Forum

We've received lots of photos of unaccessible infrastructure in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to our Make Aberdeen Accessible campaign. Barriers like these make active travel difficult and in many cases completely exclude wheelchair users.

From the archive

Temp Check: Louise Grant from Aberdeen's Fierce

We had an amazing chat with Louise Grant from Fierce about building a brewery, running a business through the covid emergency, bouncing back and community.

Until next time...

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We'll be back at the end of August to share everything that's been going on throughout the month. Again, please feel free to give us feedback about Your Aberdeen. If you want to keep it simple, there's a thumbs up (or down) below.

Until next time. POST