Artist trails at NEOS
Are you feeling creative? Our art and craft festival, North East Open Studios (NEOS), is back this September with nine whole days of art discovery in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. Over 280 artists will open their studio doors to the public, so get up close, chat and see our local artists lovingly craft, design and make.
Here’s three trails you’ve got to take:
Uncover the city
Find the artists nestled in our famous Granite streets like Marga Schnell, a print maker ready to share art with you; Gerard Stott, an abstract painter and you can even attend oil painting demonstrations with ‘Art by Alice Stuart’. Eye up unique pieces of Sara Harper’s jewellery inspired by our land – where the sea meets the mountains. Even meet an traditional sculpture, Keith Mellard. Just a little further out of the city centre you’ll find Sarah Leask Studio, an illustrator inspired by Scotland’s culture and heritage.
Get coastal exploring
With 165 miles of coastline running along Aberdeenshire, it’s no surprise that we have a whole host of artists inspired by their surroundings. Find semi-precious stones placed beautifully in stylish jewellery at Jonshaven Gallery and in Stonehaven visit painter Diana Dellanzo. Head past Aberdeen, and next to the great dunes of Balmedie find photographer Ally Deans as well as painting from Art by Joni. As you venture further along the coast reach Whitehills to find ceramics by Watergaw Ceramics and in Portsoy ceramics by Kerstin Gren and painting from Maria Guerreiro.
Dive deep into the countryside
In this regal land, loved by the Royal Family, you can spend days meeting local artists. Find heritage crafts created using natural fibres, by Helen Jackson, jeweller and silversmith Beverley Hutton Moore, and oil painter June Meredew, in Banchory. Discover wood artwork from Iain Ballantyne and mixed media – using life drawing and lino-cut printmaking – by Joanne Neilson.
Journey towards Old Meldurm to Glen Garioch Distillery to find Meldrum Makers – wood, craft, woodturning and there will even be live music and plenty of whisky. In The Studio, in Monnymusk you’ll discover a range of artists including Lorna Purvis, a silver jewellery designer. In Aden Country Park discover acrylics by Hazel Prichard
Of course, there’s the option to mix and match. You can visit the whole of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in one day but we recommend spending more days exploring to really make the most of the festival. For more information about all of the artists exhibiting at NEOS go to www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk/artists-search/.