Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Pitscurry Public Art Project

On Saturday 10th September Pitscurry Environmental Project will be hosting a metal casting event and creating a public artwork for the garden as part of North East Open Studios.
Over the day we will be taking molds of hands and casting them in aluminium for an installation within the gardens.
Please come along and lend us your hands by contributing to the artwork. Learn how to make a mold and participate in a metal casting demonst...ration - for a donation of £10 to the project.

Artist Ginny Hutchison will be running two workshops, from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm.
15 places are available on each workshop, so please book ahead!

Also on Saturday 10th will be a woodcarving demonstration from artist Keiji Nagahiro, using both chainsaw and hand tools.

We have work on show and for sale, created by clients who attend the project, from drawings, prints and crafts, to bronze snails made in conjuction with SSW.

The project will also be open to the public from Monday 12th to Saturday 17th September, from 10am-3pm daily.

Entry is free, tea, coffee and cake available - we look forward to seeing you!

NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
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8th and 9th October 2011

Dear Artists,
We are delighted and quite proud to be able to invite you to attend another power-packed PVAF forum in October!
We have strived to continue with all the things we most enjoy about our events, including another Members' Exhibition, and in addition, this year we will be spending only the 1st day at the Birnam Institute before we burst free on Sunday for an exciting 'Out & About' programme commencing at Perth Museum and Art Gallery!
So... all you have to do now is:
1. Put the dates in your diary, in your smartphone and on your calender.
2. Read all the attached documents carefully:
  • Booking form
  • Forum Info (important!)
  • Forum Programme
  • Members' Exhibition Info
3. Print and fill out the booking form.
4. Send it and your cheque off to the address at the top.
5. Produce something you'd love to see in the always-great Members' Exhibition.
6. Dig out that box of unwanted art materials/catalogues etc that's cluttering up the spare room (see info sheet).
7. Tell all your professional artist/maker friends and direct them to .
8. Get terribly excited and goosebumpy!
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
PVAF Committee 2011

NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
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Friday, 26 August 2011

South Aberdeenshire Abstracts at Aberdeen Arts Centre

Art Show on the Path to Abstraction launches on Thursday evening, 1st September, 6 - 8pm and is open daily from 2nd - 26th September at Aberdeen Arts Centre, 33 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AA.

Ground-breaking work is the aim of an inspired collective of artists based in North East Scotland, and their new exhibition at Aberdeen Arts Centre will be their best yet. South Aberdeenshire Abstracts, SABAB, has invited some experienced friends from the art world to select their paintings to make a fine display for their latest show entitled Path to Abstraction.
It will run from 2nd September to 26th, including this year’s North East Open Studios (NEOS) - no. 244 in the free brochure that’s out now.

SABAB members Angela Arnold‚ Michi Clark‚ Gay Halley‚ Pam Hamilton‚ Janice Headrick‚ Julia Macaulay‚ Kate MacKenzie‚ Pauline Newman‚ Jacky Niven‚ Gregor Phillips and Bern Ross, are all keen artists who work independently and join together to put on abstract exhibitions whenever possible. They find the support and friendship within the group very helpful and one of their discussion meetings triggered the title for the show: Path to Abstraction.

NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
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Claremont Studio Exhibition Invitation

Tracey Johnston is exhibiting new paintings inspired by Andalusia and hosting a series of creative workshops at Claremont Studio as part of North East Open Studios, 10-18th September.

You and your guests are invited to the launch party on Saturday 10th September, from 2-5pm where Tracey will be demonstrating the art of Suminagashi Monoprinting.

Creative Workshops:

Paper Marbling- Simple Suminagashi Monoprinting

Sunday 11th September, 2 to 4pm.
Tuesday 13th September, 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm.
Suitable for beginners, materials supplied and complimentary refreshments. £35

The word 'Suminagashi' translates literally as 'spilled ink' and centuries before the art of marbling paper was practiced in western cultures, Japanese craftsmen created patterns by floating ink on the surface of water and transferring it to a sheet of paper. Because the nature of water is ever changing and constantly moving, Suminagashi printers are viewed as great masters of control. Each monoprint is like a fingerprint - unique and unreproduceable.

This workshop will teach you the art of Suminagashi and you will produce many different monoprints to use for end papers and covers in our creative Bookbinding course or for other creative paper crafts at home.

Creative Bookbinding

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September, 2 to 4pm.
Suitable for beginners, materials supplied and complimentary refreshments. £35
Use your beautifully marbled papers as book covers and end papers in our Bookbinding Workshop.
In this workshop you will learn how to make your own folded keepsake book using various papers, book board and ribbon.

North East Open Studios runs this year from 10th to 18th September.
Claremont Studio is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

For further information and to book a place on our Workshops please contact Tracey at the gallery: 01224 596999.

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Tracey's work can be viewed until 21st September.

NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Pushing Out the Boat – Issue 11 Call for Submissions

Deadine: 1st october 2011

Submissions of writing and artwork are invited for Issue 11 of Pushing Out the Boat, North-East Scotland’s acclaimed magazine of prose, poetry and visual arts. Subject to funding, Issue 11 will be published in late Spring 2012, with the possibility of an online version to follow.

Send up to three poems and/or up to two prose/playscript pieces in English, Doric or Scots.

Send up to three images (colour and/or black-and-white) of 2- or 3-dimensional work – including line drawings, illustrations, photographs, etc.

Submission is by email only: for details of how to submit your work go to the Pushing Out the Boat website at

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 late Spring 2012.

Make a Splash Training and Information Event

Aberdeenshire Arts Team would like to invite you to join us for a Training and Information event on Saturday 27th August, from 1pm to 4pm at Duff House, Banff.

The Make a Splash! information and training session is a two-hour workshop that will look at barriers to arts participation in Aberdeenshire and how to pull them down. We will also explore ways to spread the word about your activities and help grow your group. Run in partnership with Voluntary Arts Scotland, the Make a Splash! Programme is backed by a small grants fund
with awards from £250 - £2,000. Find out how you could encourage long-term participation in the arts by trying something new and be eligible to apply for a grant at the same time.

We anticipate approximately 30 people attending this event so places are limited to two members from each arts or community group.

If you'd like to chat to us about the programme, call the Voluntary Arts Scotland office on tel: 0131 225 7355 or email:

NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
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Sunday, 7 August 2011

2011 pick up points

The 2011 catalogues have now been distributed to the pick up points, so all members can get their allocation of 2011 catalogues.

full details can be found here (mailchimp newsletter sent 07/08/11) :

the catalogue page has also been updated on the NEOS website

NEOS 2011: 10th - 18th September
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Monday, 1 August 2011

Distribution of 2011 Catalogues

We have taken delivery of the 24,000 NEOS 2011 catalogues and are hurriedly getting them to the distribution points for areas of pick up around the whole of the north east of Scotland...

You might have seen some catalogues making a break for freedom, which is great - but fear not - if you are awaiting your allocation - an email will be issued very soon (this week) as to where and when to pick them up.

Be patient, and if you can help ship boxes to distribution points, please do get in touch.