Splicer | Writing workshops with Alison Scott

Part of Aberdeen Programme

14 — 28 January 2023
2—4 PM

Learning Space, Aberdeen Art Gallery
Schoolhill, Aberdeen AB10 1FQ
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Alison Scott, 'Rain or such-and-such impressions', (film still), video performance, MAP X GFF, 2020 (1)

Join artist, writer and art-worker Alison Scott and members of the LUX Scotland team for two writing workshops as part of our Aberdeen programme. The sessions will take place on Saturday, 14 January, and Saturday, 28 January, from 2 – 4pm in the Learning Space at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The workshops are an invitation to explore influences and desires for writing, the role of reader/​viewership, responsive writing as a critical and creative practice, and experimental methods of editing. Approached through questions such as; How do we build our writing? What influences, forms and experiences is it made from? Where does our writing sit, how is it read? What do we want from it? Participants will take part in exercises for quickly generating new pieces of writing and introduce creative methods for editing.

Alison will introduce examples of her own and other artists’ work on and around moving-image which use writing and found text as critical and descriptive tools, opening out to a discussion of the forms of texts that surround and shape artworks.

There are eight workshop places available and we encourage participants to attend both sessions, where possible but this is not essential. The workshops are open to those with an interest in the role of writing and arts practice and we would expect that the group would include participants at an earlier stage in their careers who would value learning new methods and developing their writing in a supported space.

On booking participants will be given further information to prepare for the workshop.

Please note that the workshop is for those who are no longer in full-time education.

This workshop is part of a wider professional development programme by LUX Scotland for early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme includes workshops, screening and discussion events and is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

Image description: An image still with text 501. The purpose of language is to express thoughts.” – So presumably the purpose of every sentence is to express a thought. Then what thought is expressed, for example, by the sentence It’s raining”? -’ The font is black and framed by a white background. The image background feature water droplets and is coloured turquoise.

Alison Scott

Alison Scott is an artist, writer and art-worker who often works with other artists on projects, across forms. Her work is led by ideas and research with performance, writing and print based practices as important aspects of the process of production. Recent work has drawn on daily encounters with weather, land, and the idea of the commons. Alison creates film work in collaboration with Rachel McBrinn; writing and editing projects with Rosie Roberts, and also works in research, editorial and production roles. She has recently been working with organisations like Cooper Gallery DJCAD, Collective and MAP Magazine.


A small access fund is available to cover participants’ access costs. We discuss access requirements and allocate funds to support participation, based on a first come first served basis. For example, this fund could cover your travel to Aberdeen Art Gallery to attend the workshop from within Aberdeen.

Venue Access

The screening will take place in the Learning Room, on level 1 of Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Below is the venue access information from Aberdeen Art Gallery’s website, you can find their website here.

  • Guide dogs, hearing dogs and other recognised assistance dogs welcome
  • Lift to all floors and level access to all spaces
  • Changing Places Toilet on Level 2
  • Power-assisted wheelchairs welcome
  • Large print labels, magnifiers and portable stools are available
  • Induction hearing loops at the Welcome Desk, ground-floor café servery, Cowdray Hall and Learning Space. Portable hearing system also available.
  • Quiet Time is on a Monday afternoon
  • Our staff have taken part in Dementia Friends training
  • We are part of the Breastfeeding Welcome scheme


The Aberdeen Programme is supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.

Part of Aberdeen Programme

The LUX Scotland Aberdeen Programme aims to support early career Aberdeen-based artists and curators. The programme has run from since 2018 and has included job opportunities, workshops, screenings and online commissions. The programme was led by Project Manager Rachel Grant between 2021–24.

Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding, this continues our previous work to support, develop and promote artists’ moving image practices across Scotland, and builds on our work in the Aberdeen area, which began in 2018.

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