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

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit 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 :

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

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Left Bank July and August 2009

A preview of new work by Kristi Cumming Friday 17th July 2009
6pm - 9pm
Poetry 7pm - 7.30pm with time to look at work before and after.

The next exhibition opens on Friday July 17th and is of new landscape paintings by Shetland artist, Kristi Cumming whose work currently explores Northern islandscapes, their intense water laden colours and the remains of working from the land and the sea, past and present.

In The Office will be Mary Archibald's magical and enigmatic dolls.

In conjunction with the Shetland theme, I am delighted that Christine de Luca has agreed to come and read poetry at the preview. In addition I am grateful to Chris Dowle from Shetland who will play classical guitar and to Charles Dunbar, who lived in Shetland for many years and now lives in Tarland, who will open the event with the pipes.

'Birds, beasts and delicacies'
Preview: Friday 7th August 6pm - 8.30pm

Overlapping with this show will be another to coincide with the Tarland Show on the 8th August. The preview will be on Friday 7th August and the show includes work by Joyce Gunn Cairns, Helen Denerley, Jack Crabtree, Alexe Dilworth, James Newton Adams, Mary Archibald and Fraser Ritchie.

The show is inspired by the animals around us, both farmed and wild, and their intrinsic connection with both the changing appearance of the landscape and the economy.

Friday, 3 July 2009

Call for Proposals: Limousine Bull

Limousine Bull would like to invite you make a proposal to take part in a
group exhibition of new work at Drum Castle NTS in conjunction with North
East Open Studios in September.

The theme and title of the event will be 'Trust'.

A number of different environments, habitats and settings will be
available to respond to and exhibit work in, including the Old Forest of
Drum (SSSI), Drumhill Forest, the rose garden, and the grounds and
gardens in general.

There are also a number of indoor settings available for an individual
response, as well as a general hung exhibition of two-dimensional works.
If you are interested, it will be possible to meet at Drum Castle in the
near future for a tour of the estate and grounds to discuss your ideas.

Kind regards,
Matt Wickham.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

junction art and gifts 1st birthday bash

salon 09 art prize

Open Submission Art Prize -

We are currently inviting entries to our annual open submission art prize, Salon09 which will take place at our new exhibition space on Vyner Street, East London in September. The exhibition will include the work of up to 100 artists and photographers selected by a panel of prominent art experts.
In 2009 we are introducing a Selectors’ Prize of £1000, and the John Jones Award for Contemporary Painting, which will consist of 12 months support towards professional development, a monetary prize of £500 and a £200 bursary for John Jones services.
Work submitted can be: Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Collage, Drawing, Sculpture, and Installation (which may be sound installation).
If you are interested in applying please visit

The Deadline for applications is Friday 5pm (GMT), July 31st 2009.

giclée prints

Ian Shewan (official photographer for south area), is offering a service to NEOS2009 contributors whereby you can have Fine Art prints made from your paintings, with a view to selling them during the event. Ian says:

I currently charge a fixed price per image for capture of art (controlled studio lighting), regardless of size of the original piece, because the work involved is the same. Once the artwork is captured, I post-process to render colours as accurately as possible. No reproduction is 100% true, but my results so far have been very good.

I would keep this on file, and be able to ‘print-on-demand’ giclée prints on various papers: Hahnemühle smooth fine art, watercolour, canvas, Aquarella etc, depending on the finish that is desired. The advantage of this small print run approach over some of the commercial providers is that they often charge minimum fees and minimum quantities (e.g. 20 prints etc). Another advantage is that original works are not being shipped in the postal system – I am Stonehaven based and operate on a client deliver/collect basis currently. It does mean that NEOS members further afield would need to get their works to me.

Prints are priced on a two-tier system, dependent on size: up to 9”x13” (image plus margins), and from 9”x13” up to 13”x19”.

For pricing information, please contact me at or just call me on 01569 767769.

Teacosy craft fair

Last call for entries!
Teacosy 2009 alternative art, craft & design fair - 21st & 22nd August 2009
The Courtyard, Ashgrove House, Foresterhill Site (next to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary) Aberdeen
Teacosy is a chance for all you creative folks out there to come together and showcase your talent and hopefully make some money in the process!
This year the hosts are Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and 10% of all sales will go towards the projects they do in and around NHS Grampian.

If you are interested please fill out the attached application form and return to:
Teacosy 2009, Smart Consultants, 18 Forbes Street, Rosemount, Aberdeen, AB25 2UH
By 9th July 2009
If you require further information please visit
Further application forms are also available to download from the website.