Sunday, 18 April 2010

final reminder for 2010 participants to proof their entries...

The deadline to enter NEOS 2010 closed last monday - If you did create an account, we urge you to check over it, proof it, send in your image and payment...

If you did create an account, but don't wish to participate, please let us know, so we can delete your entry from the database asap.

If you are having problems logging back in, please let us know -

Thanks to everyone that signed up this year!

yours, the NEOS team.

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

Friday, 16 April 2010

do you think NEOS is good?

Think NEOS is good? then why not nominate it for a Scottish Thistle Award?

Created by VisitScotland in 1991, the Scottish Thistle Awards showcase business excellence and quality. As an important event on the tourism calendar, the media attention it generates helps VisitScotland and the sponsors raise the profile of the tourism industry. The Scottish Thistle Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in Scottish Tourism.

the Closing Date is June 30th - so please tell everyone how good NEOS is, and get them to vote too! Spread the word!

yours, The NEOS team.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

NEOS 2010 Application deadline has now passed

Applications for NEOS 2010 are now closed, thank you to everyone that started / completed a profile this year... it looks like it'll be a big event!

We would now advise everyone whom has a NEOS 2010 account to log back in ( and proof read your entry, it's very important you do to ensure little or no mistakes are printed. Perhaps get someone else to cast their eyes over it too?

If you have not already done so, please send your image to and send your payment (made payable to "NEOS") to the NEOS treasurer - Gowanbank, 7 Victoria Road, Kemnay, AB51 5RL.

If you missed the deadline, we advise bookmarking the NEOS website, following this blog, watching the twitter feeds or becoming a fan of NEOS on faceBook... that way, you won't miss out next year!

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

Monday, 12 April 2010

last day to join Scotland's largest open studios event...

Today is the last day you can create a 2010 NEOS account - please visit to get involved...

If you have started an account, you'll need to get your image (print quality 5cm minimum) and payment to us - details on the website.

It looks like the numbers are going to be bigger than last year! so thank you one and all!

yours, The NEOS team.

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

Monday, 5 April 2010

NEOS Did you know?

When you join the North East Open Studios, you are joining up to Scotland's largest Open Studios event of its kind. Now in its 7th year NEOS is truly established in the Art scene all over Scotland, where people make the time to tour and explore the wealth of talent across Aberdeenshire. Outwith the NEOS event in September, our extensive catalogue enables the public to find, make contact, commission, source and engage with you.

NEOS is run entirely by a committee of volunteers made up of artists, makers and gallery owners from the North East, each bringing valued skills to running Scotland's biggest Open Studios event.

For your £99 membership:-

  • Listing for the event & year round directory
  • 24,000 catalogues/directory printed (last year we have none left!)
  • Distribution all over Aberdeenshire, also key points in Scotland & rest of UK
  • Available at Tourist Information points, Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire libraries
  • Access to over 200 artists and makers
  • Van run ~ delivering catalogues to Hotels, B&Bs for visitors the week before NEOS
  • Placement on NEOS map/guide
  • Web site listing
  • Monthly email information
  • NEOS Networking tools
    • Mailing list exceeding 500 (artists, makers, galleries and Friends of NEOS)
    • Friends of NEOS (emailing information about your events and invitations)
    • Your news sent out to our Blog, Twitter and FaceBook sites
    • Working in conjunction with Creative Cultures, GAIN, Cultural Enterprise Offices, SouthEast Aberdeenshire Artists as well as Creative Exchange.
  • NEOS Opportunities
    • Galleries offering wall space
    • Christmas Exhibition & makers stalls at Bridge View, Aberdeen
    • Advertising ~ £300 full page & £180 half page in the catalogue (open to art related ventures AND non-members)
    • NEOS's workshop "making the most of.." and notes
    • NEOS youth initiative ~ £50 fee

As for the event itself ... Visitor numbers last year exceeded 15,000 and the average spent at locations across the membership is from £1,000 to £15,000 .. So, its up to you to make the most of it! The more you put in, the more you will gain from it!

Has this inspired you? If it has ... come join NEOS 2010!

Now, the deadline for NEOS is fast approaching, so please visit the web site as soon as possible!

The deadline for your application Monday 12th of April 2010.

A quick reminder...To sign up to North East Open Studios 2010, please visit our web site at and you will see in the left hand column on the home page "Join NEOS 2010" where you can create your account.

In order to register as a participant for NEOS2010, you must first create a NEOS account.

Please complete the following form to create a new NEOS account and take a note of the password you choose. You will need this password to complete your NEOS registration.

The deadline for completing your form & payment is the 12th of April 2010.

After that - we will incur a late entry fee - which will be £20.

The entry system will be open until the 19th of April - any incomplete entries after that date will be deleted.

Set up of the 2010 booklet will commence - no additional entries / amendments to the database can be accepted after that date.

Please send your payment (cheques made payable to North East Open Studios) to our treasurer, at GOWANBANK, 7 Victoria Terrace, Kemnay AB51 5RL

If you require a paper application, please send a stamped addressed envelope to the address above.

If you need further help please don't hesitate to ask me, or any of the NEOS team.
NEOS 2010 Dates: September 11th - 19th.

Please visit for more information