Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Ballogie Hall, Venue for Artists & Makers

Sarah Harker from the Butterworth Gallery is offering the Ballogie Hall to artists & makers for the week of NEOS 2010.

The main hall could hold up to 12 stands with the meeting room being run as a coffee shop. The hours of attendance would be 11 am - 4pm with exhibitors being responsibly for their set up, insurance, NEOS registration and running their stall ~ demonstrations are welcome too.

Please contact Sarah by email at or by telephone on 013398 86104 as soon as possible.
Or, you can check out more on her Facebook NEOS page at:

The Butterworth Gallery can be found on the scenic South Deeside Road B976, approximately 8 miles from Banchory and 5 miles from Aboyne. AB34 5DP. Follow the brown tourist road signs for "Butterworth Gallery".

NEOS 2010: September 11th - 19th.
Visit www for more information

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Hospitalfield, the international residential centre for artists, has now launched its plans as centre for art and culture in Angus, a support network, the Friends of Hospitalfield and a new website at

If you would like to become a Friend of this unique and historic institution you can join online via The annual individual membership fee is £25 (£30 for couples). They are preparing a varied and exciting programme of events. Friends will receive a regular newsletter to keep them informed.

for more information, please visit :

Friday, 26 March 2010

new works by Kincard-Art.

Thursday 1 April 2010, 6.00pm – 8.00pm

SMART CONSULTANTS would like to invite you and your guest to the private view of new works by Kincard-Art.
Mairi Ewen
Martin Nelson
Cath Roberts
Hazel McAllister
Kath Buchan
Patricia Walter
Jenny Watt-Colbeck
Margaret Pitt
April Pressley
Clare McCarthy
Rosy Long

SMART CONSULTANTS would be delighted if you could join them for this event. For further information e-mail

Venue: 4 Blnk Wols
Aberdeen Arts Centre
33 King Street
AB24 5AA

The Annual Inverbervie Art Show in the Burgh Hall.

This year’s show starts with an opening night on Saturday 27th March at 7.30pm, and then opens daily from 2pm-8pm until the 4th April.  Come and see and buy local artists’ work and at the same time support the Village Hall – proceeds are going to its upkeep and refurbishment.
Opening night entry includes wine and catalogue for £5, and entry for the remainder of the week is by donation, with tea and home baking available.

Full details at

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Platform 22 artists & makers call for NEOS

Platform 22 Gallery is looking for artists and makers for this years NEOS week

11th to 19th September 2010
In particular we are looking for participants to exhibit as well as demonstrate skills for making their work. Platform 22 would like to showcase a selection of 3D works for the event in ceramics, glass, wood, textiles and jewelery. We would like each participant to have their own entry in the NEOS booklet, but this is not essential.

Please call Emma Pattullo for more information, on 01339 882039 or email as soon as possible!

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dline for application is 12th April & the entry fee £99 ~ please visit for more information and to register your application.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Aberdeen - The Next Step: in partnership with Aberdeen City Council (CEO)

Keeping Your Creative Business on Track

Studio Workshop, Whitespace, 60 Frederick Street, Aberdeen AB24 5HY
Friday 4 June 2010, 13:00-16:45
  • Do you need reassurance that you are on the right track or support in choosing which path to follow next?
  • Struggling to balance the things you want to do with the things that make financial sense?
  • Trying to weigh up which aspects of your business to develop and those to abandon?
This workshop provides an opportunity to take stock of your achievements to date and explore the options that lie ahead. You can use it to review your business plan, kick start the next plan, have a reality check or remotivate yourself.
Aimed at anyone working in the cultural and creative industries who has been running their own business for 3 years or more. You may have already attended our Starting Out workshop and now be looking for support with your next set of challenges.

What to Expect
You will examine the things that you are passionate about, those you are the best at and those that make financial sense for your future. You'll do one short exercise before the workshop to help focus your thinking and start the reflective process. The workshop includes practical exercises and discussion:
  • Where am I at? – mapping your journey to date and the options that lie ahead. This paper exercise will establish the skills, relationships, profile and rewards that connect your experiences to date and support your future choices.
  • Reinforce your values – identify the values which are indispensable to you and your business.
  • Worth the investment – determine whether your current working is lucrative and what changes could help you utilise time and money more efficiently.
  • Risky business? – explore the roles, responsibilities and risks involved in the different options for your development.
  • The next step – decide what you want to consolidate and what you want to change in order to move your business forward.
What You'll Get Out of It
Reassurance, clarity, confidence and greater understanding of how to progress the next stage of your business.

Who'll Be Delivering the Session
Carol Sinclair, Edinburgh Adviser, Cultural Enterprise Office. Carol has been working within the creative industries for the last 20 years, combining running her own ceramics practice with delivering business support and training for a range of cultural enterprises. She is a ceramics graduate of Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and has 14 years experience of running her own studio and gallery in Edinburgh. Working as a business adviser and trainer for the last 10 years Carol joined the CEO team in 2005. She was a founder member of artists collective design-Ed, is a former director of Applied Arts Scotland, has been a specialist adviser for the Scottish Arts Council and is currently a member of two of the Creative and Cultural Skills Council's employers groups, Scottish and crafts. Carol is also involved in a variety of projects with organisations which support creative practitioners and most recently include Ideasmart, craftscotland and Glasgow School of Art. She is currently working with Edinburgh College of Art on a 4 year employability project supporting the development and delivery of professional practice for students.

In Other Words

“Was a really good experience even for the fact of meeting up with other creative individuals in the same boat. Reassured that I am still on the right track even if I don’t yet have a lot of the answers”

“Learned how to clarify my activities against time spent and income generated. These exercises will help me focus my business plan”

“Began to explore what my real desires are in what I want to do against what I could achieve and generate a decent income”

“…good thought provoking stuff which will help in my future plans.”

“Financial efficiency will be my new favourite phrase”

How to Book
You'll be pleased to hear this event is free. Please contact Whitespace on 01224 523640 to reserve your place.

How to Get There:
Studio Workshop, Whitespace, 60 Frederick Street, Aberdeen AB24 5HY

Click here for a map.

Touched by Scotland to Host Life Drawing Classes

Local Art and Craft Gallery, Touched by Scotland, is pleased to offer life drawing classes in April with talented local artist Nicole Porter.

The programme of four classes will be held on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon, beginning the 9th until the 30th of April at Touched by Scotland in Oyne, Aberdeenshire.

Tuition will be provided by Nicole Porter who will teach students the fundamental principles of life drawing.  The class is open to all levels from beginners to more experienced artists.

If you are interested in this class but cannot manage Friday mornings and would prefer an evening life drawing class, then please also get in touch.

Nicole studied at Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee before traveling to Norway, Paris and New York to study with world renowned artists Odd Nerdrum and Steven Assael.  Nicole has exhibits throughout Scotland, London and Norway and has been awarded many prestigious awards such as:

The Artists and Illustrators Magazine Self-Portraiture Competition 2007 which involved exhibiting with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in London.  She also won the Elizabeth Greensheilds Foundation Grant 2008 and The David Gordon Memorial Trust Award.

Please forward any enquiries to Touched by Scotland on 01464 851489 or

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Creative Cultures Scotland - free on-line directory for artists, makers and galleries

Philip Thompson from  the NEOS committee also works for the charity - Creative Cultures Scotland, which have recently upgraded their website / on-line directory to enable practitioners to join for free, giving them access and control over their own directory entry. Several simple "web technologies" have been implemented so practitioners can set up their profile, linking to other content providers on the web (flickr, youTube, twitter, soundCloud and RSS feeds) - ensuring that your profile page will be populated by up to date content, with no extra work for you! to create an account - please visit 

If this all sounds a little daunting or scary - Philip will be running some drop in sessions for you to get accustomed  with using the web and these excellent 3rd party facilities - so you can maximise your on-line presence.

If you are interested in these session, please send Philip an email -

NEOS 2010 Mill Farm, Kemnay

Susie Hunt is inviting Artists and Makers who have large outdoors Pieces of work if they would like to show them at Mill Farm during NEOS event. She would also like offer space to those who wish to demonstrate the Making of work - whatever discipline. This could be half a day or longer, and Would be open to participants with or without a NEOS entry. (Though she would Encourage support of NEOS where possible.)

The aim is to create a short Art Walk round the field and to publicise the diversity of Participants in NEOS 2010.

Call Susie 01467 643569

NEOS 2010: September 11th - 19th. Visit for more information