Friday, 25 March 2011

NEOS 2011 deadline mentioned on STV

Great news! the NEOS 2011 application process was mentioned on STV!

Deadline closes on the 12th of April 2001, create an account and complete your entry via :


NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
Visit for more information

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Creative Cultures Scotland - Free Directory

Creative Cultures Scotland is a charity set in the North East of Scotland to help promote and showcase creative individuals, groups and organisations.

They run a directory (free to join) that gives you space to upload as little or as much information as you want to share / showcase. There is also a facility to link 3rd party content (blogs, twitter, youTube, flickr, soundcloud etc).

It's primarily there to showcase the breadth and wealth of talent from the North East of Scotland in one place... so help them help you prove that the North East is a vibrant and creative place to live and work.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Visions Photography Club meeting

“Visions Photography Club” based in Ruthrieston Community Centre will be having their first meeting at 19:00 Thursday 31st March.

They “aim to build confidence, share skills and when fully established, organise photography outings and exhibitions.” and will be setting up social media pages and a Creative Cultures Scotland page very shortly.

If you would like to join, or find out more, please contact Gaia Photography’s – John Rutherford :

"The Next Step" [Workshop]

This workshop helps you take stock of your established* business, review your achievements, consider options for development, kick start new plans, and renew motivation.
“…good thought provoking stuff which will help in my future plans.”
The Next Step workshop participant
What to Expect
The workshop includes exercises and plenty of discussion to help you 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. This paper exercise will establish the skills, relationships, profile and rewards that connect your experiences to date and support your future choices. You’ll start by discussing your journey to date and the options that lie ahead.

What You'll Get Out of It
Reassurance, clarity, confidence and greater understanding of how to progress the next stage of your business by identifying;
  • the values which are indispensable to you and your business
  • what changes could help you utilise time and money more efficiently
  • what you want to consolidate or eliminate in order to move your business forward
“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”
“Financial efficiency will be my new favourite phrase”
How to book
This workshop is free but we do request a £10 refundable deposit to secure your place.
Spaces are limited so booking is essential. To reserve a place, please or call 0844 544 9990, unless stated otherwise.

*This workshop is aimed at individuals who have been running their business for 3 or more years.
Disclaimer: The event organisers may take photographs at this event and reserve the right to use any photos taken. They may be used in marketing materials, appearing either in printed documents or on related websites. Your consent of this condition is appreciated and will assist in the promotion of future events. Your attendance signifies your acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Forthcoming Workshops Are Listed Below

If you would like to be notified when future workshops are scheduled please

Aberdeen - The Next Step
in partnership with Creative Cultures Scotland

Tuesday 22 March 2011, 13:00-16:45

Small World: how are you connected? [Networking event]

Small World: how are you connected? event in Aberdeen on Tuesday 22 March [6.00 - 8.00pm] of interest. Ink Evangelist Johanna Basford will be contributing to the event.

Further details are below and can be found on our website.

Small World: how are you connected? in partnership with Creative Cultures Scotland

Tuesday 22 March 2011, 18:00-20:00, Aberdeen Arts Centre

If the event is of interest please call / email to find out further information and to book.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Could your business win a Grampian Award?

The Grampian Awards for Business Enterprise seek to encourage and reward entrepreneurial businesses and individuals.

Now, more than ever, is the time to shine and send out a positive message about your business.

The Grampian Awards are now open for entries to small and medium sized businesses in Aberdeen City and Shire.

The Grampian Awards are your chance to show everyone - investors, customers, suppliers and staff - that your business is an outstanding business.

If you think that your business could be a winner, register now at:

Closing date for registration: 31st March 2011


Closing date for registration: 31st March 2011
NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
Visit for more information

Monday, 7 March 2011

Are You Ready?

The on-line application for NEOS 2011 is now LIVE!

Please visit and follow all the instructions there!

We are ready ... are you? 10 Top Tips for making your entry!
  1. Think about the benefits of having your own entry, even when holding a group Open Studios. This will help make you accessible all year to potential clients/audience.
  2. Do read the newsletters .. there will be important NEOS information in them!
  3. Really think about your image .. and how it best sells YOU!
  4. Please make sure your image is named IDENTICALLY to your entry name, when you send it to us.
  5. Practice your wording and think about how best it raises your profile.
  6. Very important! YOU are responsible for YOUR entry. Get a friend to proof read your entry.
  7. Think about how people will find you from your directions, why not do a dummy run yourself?
  8. Send your payment promptly please, made payable to North East Open Studios.
  9. On the reverse of your cheque please write your entry name IDENTICALLY to your entry.
  10. Proof read the map when we send it out for proof reading!
We have changed the index page on the NEOS website .. so you can keep an eye on what is happening at a glance .. why not bookmark it and then you can find the page instantly & make your searching a bit more easy!
If you have any questions, need to find a venue or any news you would like to share do check out the committee and get in touch!

Please don't forget to keep checking the web site , the news page, the NEOS Blog, our Facebook page as well as twitter too!

the deadline for Entries is the 12th of April 2011 - tell your friends! spread the word!

Friday, 4 March 2011

Contributions are invited for a photographic installation/exhibition

Contributions are invited for a photographic installation/exhibition in The Lang Byre Gallery in may 2011.

The Redsuit Project was conceived in 2009 and presented initially in 2010 at Left Bank Gallery in Tarland, Aberdeenshire by artist Janet McEwan, who asked a number of people, including amateur photographers and professional artists, to take a disposable red coverall and photograph it in a place of their choice.

The performative, playful and poetic images taken in places near and far, encourage us to reconsider where and how we position ourselves within the worlds around us.

The project is now calling for more participants: to respond to the Redsuit theme, and help create an evocative group artwork which will be installed in the Lang Byre Gallery throughout May.


  1. Get your redsuit!
    Red coveralls can be purchased from the Woodend Barn reception desk for £5, or by contacting the project email address below, to arrange a postal delivery.
  2. Take a photograph featuring a redsuit.
    If the red coverall is worn as a ‘costume’, the identity of the wearer must be concealed, e.g. photographed from the rear. The redsuit can also be placed as an object, within the photograph: e.g. see lower image on left. The image should be landscape format. A short accompanying text is requested, but is not essential.
  3. Send your image(s).
    Please email a high-resolution digital copy (at least 300dpi) to You can send up to 5 images. There is no entry fee. Janet McEwan will be responsible for selection, printing and presentation of all images. All print costs will be covered by the project. Prints will not be for sale unless with prior agreement with the photographer.
  4. Come to the exhibition preview on May 1st!
    All participants will be invited to the exhibition private view.


Mon. 18th April – Final date for receiving images.

Sun. 1st May – Exhibition Preview 6pm – 8pm.

Thurs 26th May – Last day of exhibition

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Hospitalfield house Open Day

The Visitors open Day on the 13th of March at Hospitalfield house is coming together. So far we have the following arts & crafts participants ...

Taisir Gibreel’s

Hatti Pattisson

Just Gems

Springfield Creative Arts

Tessa Mendez

Belinda Rose

Sheenagh Young

Maralyn Reedwood

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Blairs Museum call for NEOS

Blairs Museum is looking for artists to exhibit in September for the Open Studios, in particular they are looking for ceramicists, jewellers and textile designers. If you are interested please contact Vikki at:
or telephone 01224 863767


We are delighted to announce that we have decided to enter our school into NEOS this year. Along with our own exhibition of the children's work we would like to invite artists to join us this year.

The exhibition will take place in our large gym hall. We will open for both weekends with a cafe and some music, and hopefully some demonstrations by some of the artists. We will also probably open for a couple of afternoons during the week, but this can be open to negotiation if people collectively feel that more open time is required.

Our own exhibition is going to be hopefully a piece of art from every child within the school. So excluding Kindergarten that should be 79 pieces, so 79 families should be the starting audience. This will consist of painting, handwork, woodwork, dressmaking, sculpture or anything else that the children have done. We may also have some communal art being done with the public, maybe one large painting. We also have outside space in our beautiful grounds for environmental art.

We are very excited about inviting you to join us this year. Our aim is to create a very lively, interesting time for all concerned.

If you are interested and want further information please contact Jane Ronie on 01224 730126 or email me :