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
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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 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, and up to two prose/playscript pieces to 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, 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

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.
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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 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 :

NEOS 2009: September 12th - 21st. Visit 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 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

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