Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Call for charity art donations for local cause.

12th December 6.30 till late Tullynessle Hall

Come and join us for an evening of creativity, with art from established and emerging local artists up for auction, middle eastern cuisine followed by music and dancing from Ceilidh Stomp.



We are still looking for donations of art, if there is anything you can contribute please get in touch! | 07731670727

For tickets contact Nicky. nicky_bolland@hotmail.co.uk

download the poster here

Monday, 30 November 2009

Platform 22's Christmas Market

On Saturday 5th December 10am to 2pm we are holding our second Christmas Market. Outside the gallery in the courtyard we have a great mix of stalls selling everything from Christmas wreaths, handmade soaps and chocolates to basketry, art prints and calendars. Additionally there will be a Traidcraft stall and the opportunity to have a quick (5 minute) portrait by local artist Deirdre Varley or a relaxing massage by Anna Rochester.

Torphins Primary School's PTA will be magically transforming Emma Pattullo's studio into a "winter grotto" for the arrival of a special guest, Santa! He is of course a VERY busy man just now and we are thrilled he is coming to join us between 10:30 am and 2 pm along with his happy helper elves!

In the gallery our Christmas Exhibition is showcaseing work by wildlife artist George Perkynson, wood work by Duncan Andrew and Robert Paterson, jewellery by Pip Will, wire work by Sandra Gorrora, glassware by Scandiscot and ceramics by Crazy Chix and Emma Pattullo.

Fingers crossed for good weather! However, just in case it might be cold we will be serving warming mulled apple cup to keep you warm while you check out the goodies on offer. Platform 22 also has a new cinnamon flavour of our popular Choc-o-Lait hot chocolate and this will be available, along with the usual teas and coffees, from the coffee house. We look forward to seeing you!

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Sunday, 29 November 2009

December newsletter sent

The NEOS newsletter for december has been sent out on the 28th of November, listing lots of shows and events to go see & get involved with.

If you didn't get the email, or would like to subscribe to the email list, please click on the title of this blog entry and follow the links to subscribe or edit your profile (double check your email is the current one you use!)

you can also send the link to friends if you think they would like to receive our newsletter!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Auction of Eric Auld painting for Stonehaven Open Air Pool

Sunday 22nd November

As part of this year's 75th Anniversary of the Stonehaven Open Air Pool (SOAP), Eric Auld donated an oil on canvas painting of the pool. Limited edition Giclee Fine Art Prints have been sold (still available) with the profits going to the fund for maintenance and resotoration of The Pool.

A £5 donation covers the wine and finger buffet, and there is also a raffle, and prints for sale.

Full details on the flyer and prints can be purchased here at any time

Time and Place: 4-5pm at the SOAP Splash Cafe.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

NEOS @ Bridge View - Winter show

Bridge View (Petrofac) host a winter show by selected NEOS'09 participants.
Opening 3rd December on show until january 16th 2010.
For more information & details download the PDF of the invite. (1.4mbs)

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

High White Light art exhibition in aid of The Mary Salmond Trust

High White Light would like to invite you to the public view of the High White Light art exhibition in aid of The Mary Salmond Trust. We have brought together cutting edge art by high profile Scottish contemporary artists.

  • John Bellany
  • John Byrne
  • Richard Colquhoun
  • Prof Calum Colvin OBE
  • Colin Brown
  • Alison Davidson
  • Miari Dryden
  • Prof Ronnie Forbes
  • Heather Maslen
  • Pat Davidson
  • Ian McCulloch
  • Charles Monteith Walker
  • Debbie Neill
  • Guyan Porter
  • Jane E Porter
  • Barbara Rae
  • Jeff Riley
  • Paul Ritchie
  • Marga Schnell
  • Pamela Scott McBride
  • Ralph Steadman
  • Frances Walker  
The Opening Details are: 
Friday, 6th November 5 - 8 pm
Saturday, 7th November 2 - 7 pm 

By Appointment until Friday, 13th November 

Exhibition Venue
Counselling and Family Mediation
Alliance House
493 Union Street
AB11 6DB

Please call – 08700 858 158 – if you would like to arrange an alternative time to view the collection. 



















On Saturday 14th November, MUSA will host an art and craft festival. Artist will be demonstrating their skills and techniques. A range of art will be on display and for sale. 10am-5pm. Hot, cold and alcoholic drinks available as well as snacks, cakes etc.
If you would like to exhibit at the MUSA art gallery, please get in touch with MUSA. Visit http://www.musaartcafe.com/gallery.htm for more information.

Also! Coming soon to Musa....children's national drawing competition. Sundays in November. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 'the big draw'. Details here.


Coming soon to Musa....children's national drawing competition. Sundays in November. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the 'the big draw'. Details here.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Feminine Landscapes

Book Signing & Exhibition with Ingeborg Bodzioch

October is international breast cancer awareness month. In support of the campaign Platform 22 will be hosting a special event featuring work by Torphins artist Ingeborg Bodzioch.

On the evening of Friday the 30th of October, from 7 pm, you are invited to attend a preview of Ingeborg's artwork and listen whilst she reads extracts from her book "The Soliloquy of a Female Crisis". The book has been written and illustrated by Ingeborg along with Cecelia Ottenweller and Tony Bodzioch, and was published with the breast cancer awareness cause specifically in mind.

On Saturday the 31st Ingeborg will be at Platform 22 from 11am until 3pm to sign copies of her book and to talk about her work and experiences. The exhibition will then run for a further two weeks ending on the 14th of November.

All profits from sales of the book will be donated to CLAN (Cancer Link Aberdeen and North) as will profits from the sale of cakes and home baking in the Platform 22 coffee house.

We hope you will be able to join us for what promises to be an inspiring and uplifting event.

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Friday, 9 October 2009

Pots and Baskets Exhibition

The Scottish Potters Association & the Scottish Basket Makers Circle

invite you to a joint exhibition of their members’ work

Pots and Baskets

The Barn Gallery at The Beild

Blackruthven, Tibbermore, Perth, PH1 1PY

Friday 9th to Sunday 25th October

Gallery open: 10:30am – 5pm daily

It would be lovely to see you at the exhibition launch on Sunday 2.30 to 4.30pm at the Bield at Blackruthven. This collaborative exhibition includes an exciting and wonderful mix of ceramics, basket work and combinations of the two crafts.

There will be a raku workshop on the 17th and 18th and a photography workshop to help members photograph their work on the last day of the exhibition.

The grounds of the Bield are lovely and it is near to Gloagburn Farm Shop for yummy, healthy food and nice teas too!

For more information please visit the Scottish Potters Association website at ww.scottishpotters.co.uk

NEOS 2009: Saturday 12th to Monday 21st September.
Please visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Friday, 25 September 2009

The next exhibition at Left Bank will be of work by The Aberystwyth Printmakers.

Friday 2nd October 2009
6pm - 8pm

Show runs until 31st October
Left Bank, 5 bridge Street, Tarland, Aberdeenshire. AB34 4YN
013398 81603 / 07775606087

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Sad News about Jen Beattie...

All those participating at Mill Farm are deeply saddened by the death of Jen Beattie on Thursday 24th September 2009.

She was a joy to work with and we are proud to have had her paintings showing in the exhibition this year and on previous occasions. Her presence is so much missed - Our sympathy to all her family and other friends.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Make Friends with Strange People: Arts Breakfast with Peter Jenkinson and Merlyn Riggs

The pressing need for greater openness, curiosity and promiscuity in the world of art
Keynote Speaker:

Peter Jenkinson of Channel 4’s Big Art Project

Guest Curator:

Ruth Barker of PAR+RS

10am Saturday 26 September

Scottish Sculpture Workshop is delighted to welcome artist Merlyn Riggs to Lumsden, Aberdeenshire, to curate the latest of her series of Arts Breakfasts.... visit http://www.ssw.org.uk/index.php?c=1&act=story&tgt=723 for more information

NEOS'09 is over!

Thank you to everyone who participated and came to see all the amazing work on show for NEOS 2009.

We'd like to remind everyone that the NEOS booklets are a year round directory - and not "just" an advert for a 10 day event in September! - So keep any spare booklets you have for future use during 2009/10, and keep telling people about it!

We've heard of several stories of people getting commissions from the booklet entry already (out with the NEOS event), so they are an essential tool to communicate with the art going public in the North East of Scotland!

We'll be sending out digital feedback forms this week - we'd love to hear of all you comments, positive or negative, as we want to make NEOS better each year - for entrants and public alike.

Thanks again, we hope you had as much fun, and interesting visitors as we did (At Mill Farm, Kemnay).

Monday, 21 September 2009

phil blog: NEOS week day10

Firstly, apologies for the "off the radar" blogging (or not, as the case IS). We've been so busy over the last 10 days I've taken to "chillin'" at night - and refusing to switch on the PC when I get home.

Our NEOS week at mill farm has been amazing - we welcomed our 1000th visitor at 2pm on Sunday 20th... closing the day with 1132 visitors. We've had a wonderful array of people coming in and talking about their NEOS experiences, how many shows they've seen, how wonderful it is to see so many (and so varied) artists, makers and galleries in the North East of Scotland.

We've been visited by many first timers to NEOS - which is brilliant to see that more people are hearing about it - after 6 years, it's grown in strength to strength and still growing. NEOS spreads by word of mouth and the network of artists involved promoting and raising awareness - so thank you to everyone who has helped raise awareness and make this NEOS a wonderful platform to promote everyone involved.

The public have also fed back their gratitude to the quality and welcoming nature of the NEOS venues. It's thrilling to know that "the public" are now seeing that the North East of Scotland has so many professional and engaging arts practitioners.

At the end of play today, we'll have had approximately 1200+ visitors over 10 days. We hope that you all have had a wonderful NEOS experience for 2009. Here's to next year!

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Phil Blog NEOS day 5

We were "off" yesterday - so no post for day 3 I'm afraid. We did hear some fantastic reports from some other venues, notably from a friend who had visited Johnshaven and thought their collective spirit was fantastic. A local “map” has been produced, where all the local venues have got together to promote EACHOTHER - they have even produced a marker system that when visitors get a stamp from all Johnshaven venues, you are entered into a prize draw…brilliant! “bunnets aff” to the guys.

We had a quiet day yesterday, with a quick visit to Mill farm, only to be told that there were around 60 people visit over the 4 hours of Tuesday.

Today Gabi is in Aberdeen for a meeting – so Lynne Strachan Picks me & poppy up to head to mill farm fro 12.15 We sadly missed Alan (Typeface man)… so I still can’t report his last name! (or more to the point, what he wants to do to help us with Typeface a week!)…

I set up the PC and start working on a wee website I’ve been asked to do – I think people are frightened by the man on the PC in the corner…it’s no paintin’ captain! Perhaps I look too studious to be approachable he he. I did also get a rather abruptly honest visitor telling my the price of my slate work was “uncivilised”, I think this is what NEOS is for… to present situations to practitioners to react to… it’s always good to see how to react to a crass statement now and again!

We have a steady amount of visitors again today, 70+ by the end of play!… Madge Wards came for a visit, it’s always good to see her cheery, positive face – and her numbers are up around the 70’s (she had 101 visitors last year – “I’m here by myself, in the middle of nowhere, and I am so happy people are coming to see me!”- what a trooper.

We also get word from the Skinny Magazine – Jaco Justice has written a beautiful wee piece on NEOS – it’s well worth reading.
NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more informatio

Scratching the Surface 2009 @ Ardo House, Whitecairns

Come along to Ardo House, Whitecairns, Aberdeen AB23 8XN and discover the extraordinary!

“Scratching the Surface“ is this year’s theme to which a selected group of artists have been invited to respond; through the medium of installation‚ performance and artwork‚ all of which can be experienced within the tranquil setting of the extensive grounds.

Check out the programme page for details of times and events.. http://www.scratchingthesurface2009.co.uk/

Open Saturday 12th – Sunday 20th September, see website or NEOS catalogue for opening times and directions.

Peter McRae will be performing ‘Tree Air’, in two movements on Saturday 19th at 2pm.
NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Monday, 14 September 2009

phil blog: NEOS week day3

Gabi and I have a semi day off (Meetings in the morning), but we are in Aberdeen, and head to the Itchee Wasp show in the Academy Centre. It's a fantastic looking show, with work from Whitespace (Arts Development Tutors). I particularly like Craig Barrowman's work, his odd crystal / mathematical forms are intriguing. The show looks stunning on the whole, held in the old FCUK shop – it’s a fantastic example of how art can transform a space in times of recession, the more these art spaces open, the more the public are “educated” to be confident to approach and experience art. The Ethos of NEOS basically!

Gabi cycled to Mill Farm from Inverurie, as I stayed at home and worked, whilst Poppy slept… once awake, I head over with Poppy to Mill farm for around 4.30pm. Gabi has had a good afternoon, “slow but steady” (around 30-40 visitors today). As the day comes to a close, we hear some sad news that Jen Beattie has had a stroke, we are thinking about you Jen! We all end up in Susie’s studio and talk about the amazing scope of the arts scene up here, and how NEOS is the tip of the iceberg, just think how many artists makers and galleries there are “up here”… it’s quite exciting to think about how vibrant and productive the North East of Scotland’s practitioners are.

Ann Thomas also contributes to our Typeface A Week project with “NEOS Lino” – free to download and use for one week.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

phil blog: NEOS week day2

Ah! the weather! Did I mention that yesterday was an amazing, clear, crisp September day? Today? Dreich! - Never mind, we'll see how it goes...

Gabi and I arrive at Mill Farm, just after 10am and there are already people checking out the work on the walls, barely time to get a coffee in! Magnhild is on waffle duty, boy oh boy are those Norwegian waffles tasty! - NEOS, it's not just about selling work you know! We (the participants) are having a great time talking to each other about our work and "things on", we're really happy about the networking and social aspect the focused week NEOS gives us as artists.

The numbers of visitors are immense today, final count was 232 visitors! (so the weather doesn't put people off!) - We'd heard that someone was planning a family walk, but decided against it, but started following the yellow NEOS signs!

We'd also spoken to lots of people today that had never heard of NEOS before, so it does appear that the word is spreading! We've all agreed that everyone showing at Mill Farm this year has tried to tell more people about NEOS (and our venue)... We also had a fantastic visit from the Knock News
NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Saturday, 12 September 2009

phil blog: NEOS week day1

Phil Thompson (NEOS designer) is going to blog his NEOS week...

today is the first day of NEOS2009... Gabi rushes off to Mill Farm for some last minute prep / hanging, whilst I look after Poppy (late night last night!), so Pops has a lie in...

We get to Mill Farm at 10.30 to see a throng of people checking out the 12 artists congregated at Susie Hunt's venue. The morning has kicked off with a real bang!

The morning is solid - at least 10 people per 20 / 30 mins up until dinner time... We were visited by Aberdeen City Council's Cultural Strategy crew! - Gary Cameron was most impressed with the scope and range of practitioners included in NEOS - and sees a great opportunity for NEOS to be a major part of the "City of Culture" - if (and when!) we (Aberdeen City & Shire) get it... 2013. It was a pleasure discussing the range of work on show- the amazing stories of how people have progressed and pushed their artwork / practice because of NEOS over the years (I'd mentioned Sjarifah Roberts story for the Creative Cultures Networking night about NEOS giving her the confidence to build a bespoke kiln to realise her "bigger" ideas - amazing story!)...

I was also impressed to meet a man who was one of the first people to "digitize type" - (Alan, was his first name)... He promises to get in contact about "Typefaceaweek" - and is very interested in not only contributing, but helping Gabi and I squeeze more potential from the project. He Took out postcards and business cards - so we'll hopefully have more to report on later this week!

We also had a visit from a tutor from Duncan of Jordanstone (Dundee art school) who was most impressed with the NEOS set up - and the connection it had on many levels with the "art going public".

All in all, not only did we all at mill farm think that today was an amazing success (for the sheer number of visitors), but we all pulled together, had some banter, talked about our work with each other, talked about our aspirations and dreams... it's crucial and an often over looked aspect of what we do as practitioners.

Overall, there was a steady stream of people coming to see the work on show (140 + over the whole day). Everyone sold work (except me, but I was more than happy to have met the people I did and the possible projects that might arise from those meetings!)
after a long and eventful day, we slink home and have a fantastic home made vegetable stir fry - simple! more tomorrow. Phil.

SSW activities for NEOS

There are creative things happening at Scottish Sculpture Workshop this week, both to see and to do. We would love to see you and share ideas, make things and enjoy the sun. Casting and mosaic making for all ages, two museums and all afternoon tea. We look forward to seeing you!

On Saturday 12th

12-2pm Mosaic making for children (7-12 yrs) - £3 entry

2-3pm Metal casting for all ages - £5 entry

10am-4pm Museum of SSW and Museum of Me - Clothes Maketh the Woman - Special opening

Daily Mon 14th to to Friday 18th

2-4pm Occaisonal Tearoom - Meet Merlyn Riggs over Tea and share some creative ideas

10am-4pm Museums

On Wednesday 16th

2-3pm Bronze casting demo - free

On Saturday 19th

1-4pm Occasional Tearoom - grand finale

10am-4pm Museum of Me

10pm-4pm SSW Museum

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Friday, 11 September 2009

Belinda Rose "Colour Studio" invite to contribute to her NEOS ptoject

"I Hope to see you at the Colourbothy during NEOS 09, opening tomorrow (Saturday 12th) at 2.00pm.
I will be weaving a small piece on Harley the Jacquard, and would love you to visit. If you would also like to make a small drawing to be included in the collage, that would be great.
Flowers, birds, squiggles, your abstract ideas such as what rain or sunshine look like, anything small really, doodles such as those in the weaving below, will be welcome. Drawings fitting in a 2" square or so, will work.
If you would also like to make a donation to my arc collection box for the arthritis research charity, I will put your name in a draw for the final piece of collaged weaving when finished.
I am open from 2.00 till 6.00pm on Saturdays to Mondays (12th -14th & 19th - 21st), and from 11.00 til 2.00pm on Tuesday 15th & Friday 18th. And of course I can be there at other times to suit us both.
I have new weavings in many different weights and textures to show you. Hope to see you soon.
Best Wishes

01330 844409

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Scratching the Surface 2009 (NEOS)

September 10, 2009

Come along to Ardo House, Whitecairns, Aberdeen AB23 8XN and discover the extraordinary!

“Scratching the Surface“ is this year’s theme to which a selected group of artists have been invited to respond; through the medium of installation‚ performance and artwork‚ all of which can be experienced within the tranquil setting of the extensive grounds at Ardo.

Check out the programme page for details of times and events. www.scratchingthesurface2009.co.uk

Open Saturday 12th – Sunday 20th September, see website or NEOS catalogue for opening times and directions. http://www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk/individual.asp?name=ardo

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

opening: Bridge View

A NEOS exhibition launching the 2009 open studios event

‘Al Andalus`

Paintings inspired by the Alhambra palace and Moorish Andalucia

Frances Crawford Tracey Johnston Patricia Reith
10 September – 29 November

Preview 6-8pm Thursday 10 September


Three artists with their own very individual styles interpret their response to the beautiful Alhambra Palace in Spain, inspired by memories of an idylic painting holiday the artists shared in the region

for the full PDF invite please download it from here : http://www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk/HTML_email/BV_neos09.pdf

Friday, 4 September 2009


Ian Shewan has informed us that his "NEOS specific" email address has been targeted by a phishing scam sent out by what looks like an HMRC tax refund. It is of course a scam and you should not follow / give your credit card details to anyone.

It is noteworthy that the email / web address they use is not the official : http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ but uses a ".co.uk" on the end.

I (Phil Thompson) am currently reporting this issue to the HMRC and I hope that something can be done to catch the Phishing culprit.

Please pass this information on to anyone you think might be affected by this type of email scam.

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Wednesday, 2 September 2009

VSA, Easter Anguston Amendment

VSA Easter Anguston will be open on Saturday 12th September 2009 10-16hrs complete with diverse artwork and catering! Sorry for the error when we entered our information into the catologue entry.

See you there!

NEOS entry : http://www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk/individual.asp?name=vsa

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information


NEOS @ Musa art and music café
Scottish food fortnight a celebration of fantastic Scottish food and ingredients........with a twist!

5 sept - 19 sept 2009 ideal time to entertain family, friends and customers.

Musa art and music café, 33 exchange street, aberdeen ab11 6ph tel 01224 571771 www.musaartcafe.com

Neos 2009: september 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

ITCHEE WASP - new NEOS venue

Itchee Wasp (arts collective) will be participating in this years North East Open Studios at The Academy Shopping Centre on Schoolhill (across from The Aberdeen Art Gallery.) - not as advertised in the NEOS booklet, with the Red Art Bus.

They will be open during the 10 days of NEOS on:
Saturday 12/9/09 from 10am - 5pm
Sunday 13/9/09 from 12pm - 4pm
Monday 14/9/09 from 10am - 5pm
Tuesday 15/9/09 from 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 16/9/09 from 10am - 5pm
Thursday 17/9/09 from 10am - 7pm
Friday 18/9/09 from 10am - 5pm
Saturday 19/9/09 from 10am - 5pm
Sunday 20/9/09 from 12pm - 4pm
Monday 21/9/09 from 10am - 12pm

Itchee Wasp is an Aberdeen artist collective focused on promoting and exhibiting artists who work within the Arts Development Team (Aberdeen City Council). Artist mediums include but are not limited to painting, printing, sculpture, jewellery, textiles, film and digital media.

for more info on Itchee Wasp - check out thie website : http://itcheewasp.co.uk/

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Monday, 31 August 2009

Bern Ross NEOS preview in P&J

[from the P&J]...
Artists give a taste of what is still to come

Special exhibition highlights north-east open studios event
By Leanna MacLarty
Published: 29/08/2009

ARTIST’S IMPRESSION: Berni Ross with some of her work in the ‘taster’ exhibition. Colin Rennie
More Pictures
A GROUP of Mearns artists have put their work on display ahead of an annual art event which sees studios throughout the north-east opened to the public.
A collection of 60 paintings, sculptures, and pieces of pottery and jewellery are on display at Stonehaven Town Hall for the “taster” show....

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Friday, 28 August 2009

Pushing Out The Boat - Call for Submissions

Issue 9: Call for Submissions

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for Issue 9 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland's acclaimed magazine of prose, poetry and visual arts. Issue 9 will be published in Summer 2010, with an online version to follow in 2011.

WRITING: Poetry, fiction and playscript may be submitted; work may be in English, Doric or Scots and must not have been accepted for publication elsewhere. Due to limited space, shorter works are preferable — although we may accept longer items (including self-contained extracts) up to 3,500 words. See Guidelines for further advice. Please send up to four poems to poetry@pushingouttheboat.co.uk, and up to two prose/playscript pieces to prose@pushingouttheboat.co.uk. Submissions should be emailed as separate MS Word or RTF attachments. Each category of submission should be accompanied by an email cover note, detailing contributor name; postal address; email address; phone number; age if under 18; and the title of each attached piece. The submission attachment(s) should show only the title of the piece, page numbering (if appropriate) and word count.

ARTWORK: A maximum of four images (colour and/or black-and-white) of 2- or 3-dimensional work — including line drawings, illustrations, &c. — should be emailed as separate attachments (max 2MB total), to art@pushingouttheboat.co.uk, accompanied by an email cover note with contributor name; postal address; email address; phone number; and, for each attached piece, the title, medium/materials and colour/black-and-white.

ALL SUBMISSIONS: To ensure blind selection, no contributor name should appear on any attached submission. Please do not send multiple copies, which overload our mailboxes — receipt of submissions will be acknowledged by return. Please do not send any other communication to these email addresses. Any queries should be addressed to info@pushingouttheboat.co.uk.

Final date for submissions is 1 October 2009, but earlier entries are especially appreciated.

Acceptance of contributions will be emailed by 31 January 2010. Please note that due to limited resources we are unable to notify rejections or to enter into correspondence regarding selection.

Successful entrants will receive a copy of the magazine and an invitation to read or display their work at the launch event to be held in Summer 2010.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

I <3 UTG


In collaboration with Project Slogan, the first in a series of I ♥ UTG campaign awareness events;

An exhibition of local artists coming together to help raise awareness for the problems facing Union Terrace Gardens & Aberdeen's new Arts Centre.

All works based upon the theme "heart" and will be on sale for £20 per artwork to raise funds for the I ♥ UTG campaign.

Gilla Brooker
Alicia Bruce
Libby Day
Fraser Denholm
Jim Ewen
Jo Gannon
Katie Guthrie
Eva Merz
William Moulding
Stuart Simpson
Anita Stewart
Philip Thompson
Sarah J Tingle

and more to be confirmed........

So come spend the evening with Project Slogan & I ♥ UTG and help us create a better, greener and brighter future for out city.

project slogan
179 victoria road
AB11 9LU

Monday, 17 August 2009

NEOS car stickers

As mentioned in the last NEOS email - we have NEOS car stickers. The measure 22cm * 10cm...

One design shoows the 2009 Events Dates.
and the other is a generic NEOS car sticker - no dates - so you can keep it in your car....forever!
NEOS Entrants will be sent these in their "making the most of NEOS" packs this week...but we do have several spare stickers - so if you are interested in getting some, please send an SAE to 107 Selbie Drive, Inverurie, AB51 3YB.
NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Friday, 14 August 2009

Craft Makers Award: Aberdeenshire

Aberdeenshire Council has established the ‘Craft Makers Award: Aberdeenshire' in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council to support local makers in their creative development and encourage innovative professional practice.
If you are a craft maker living in Aberdeenshire and want to explore new ways of working, gain new skills or improve your professional practice then this award scheme may be able to assist you. The priority of the fund is to support quality projects and training opportunities for makers active in all forms of contemporary crafts.

The new scheme adheres to the Scottish Arts Council definition of crafts and is principally concerned with contemporary creative work conceived, designed and made by individual practitioners in ceramics, furniture and wood, glass, jewellery and metalwork, lettering, musical instruments, textiles and basket-making.

Awards of up to £1,000 are available and the total budget for the period 2009/2010 is £6,000.
The deadline for applications is Thursday 5 August 2009 and Thursday 14 October 2009.
Submissions will be assessed by a panel of experts who will consider a range of factors including the quality of the applicant’s work, the likely benefit that will be gained, the clarity of the submission, value for money and the quality of information supporting the application.

The Awards Panel will meet within three weeks of the deadline date and applicants will receive notification of its decision by the end of August and October 2009 respectively.

For Application Form & Guidance Notes, please visit : http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/arts/CraftMakersAwardNorthEastScotland.asp

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Art Exhibition Stonehaven town hall


Friday 28th August 2pm - 8pm
Saturday 29th August 10am - 6pm

Featuring local artists and makers including:
Jacky Niven * Ros Callender * Bern Ross * Kate MacKenzie * Pam Hamilton * Hilary Firth * Alison Stewart * Ian Shewan * Roseanne Shewan * Susan Wilson * Pauline Newman * Ranjit Barry * Pauline Murray * Amy Murray * Jane MacKenzie * Trina Stark * Lesley Duff * Janice Headrick * Gay Halley * Cath Roberts * Rosy Long

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Thank you - networking night attendees

We just wanted to thank everyone who came to the Networking night tonight (Tuesday 4th August) - it was a pleasure to see so many positive, energetic people discussing their Open Studios "ideas"...

We had a fantastic show n tell from the Spring Fling's Adam & Amanda - some amazing stories of how Artists, Makers and Galleries are using the Spring Fling to test and try out new projects and ways of interacting with new audiences (and sustaining them!). Emma Pattullo and Madge Wards gave some excellent insights and stories as to how their NEOS experiences have shaped their approach to making work and showing / interacting with their audiences.

A big thanks to Philip Thompson (Creative Cultures Scotland) and Helen Voce (Cultural Enterprise Office) for facilitating a wonderfully social event.

NEOS Co-op Postcard Offer

NEOS would like to offer you an opportunity to get 1000 full colour (one sided) postcards printed as a co-op print run. We have been offerd by J Thomson (The printers of this years NEOS booklet) the facility to get 64 A6 cards printed on one sheet of 350gsm silk card...
This means we are looking for multiples of 64 individual A6 card designs...NEOS are willing to offer the print & set up of a simple card based on your entry image, name and phone / email / web address...for £30.

If you are interested in having one (or more) cards printed - Philip Thompson (NEOS catalogue designer) will collate & set up the print document. He will be looking to take confirmation & payment before the 10th of August - in order that the print document can be set up and sent to the printers so you can have plenty of time to use your postcard(s) before NEOS begins. (Pick up of cards will be arranged once we have the numbers!)

Here is an example of the basic set up of Image + info.

If you have print ready (CMYK, 300dpi A6) artwork ready - Phil can set this up for inclusion too...

If you are interested, or require more information, please email phil@g-r-a.co.uk

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Printmaking Classes - Art Department of Aboyne Academy

The Upper Deeside Art Society owns a printing Press which is housed within the Art Department of Aboyne Academy.

This is available for use, not only by Members of the Society, but by anyone interested in learning the many techniques that can be achieved using the equipment.

Practical Sessions

Facilitated by Andrew Manwell, these will be held in the Art dept., Aboyne Academy, every second Saturday of the month during September, October, November and December.

Basic Printing Course (six sessions)

These will be held on Thursday evenings, 6.30pm to 9pm, in Aboyne Academy from 10th September to 15th October.

The tutor for these sessions will be Andrew Braidwood of The Braemar Gallery.
There are limited places available, so please book early!

To participate in either of the above, please contact
Andrew Manwell – tel. 013397 55136

Friday, 17 July 2009

2009 Brochures printed!

neos 2009 cover
We are happy to announce that the new 2009 NEOS directories are here! J Thomson (printers) have produced 24,000 booklets for us this year and we are ready to "get them out there"!

We will be updating the website shortly with information about pick up points, allocations etc - but if you want to help distrbute (and make NEOS bigger, better and more well know that it already is) then please get in touch with us via info@northeastopenstudios.co.uk

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk for more information

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Networking Night

Refreshing the Visitor and Participant Open Studio Experience 4 August 2009

NEOS are proud to work with Creative Cultures Scotland and the Cultural Enterprise Office to bring you a chance to network before your NEOS '09 event - and hear from makers and organisers of Scotland's longest running Open Studios - the Spring Fling...

Emma Patullo will also be talking about making the most of your NEOS event as well as other juicy and helpful snippets of information.

The event will be held at Mill Farm, Kemnay, Inverurie AB51 5NY Tuesday 4 August 2009, 18:00-20:00

For full details & registration, please visit : http://www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk/website/events_training.asp?view=&type=events&item=10512#10512

spaces are limited to 50 so please book early to avoid disappointment!