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Autumn 2011

North East Open Studios

www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk

Wyness Hall

One of Scotland's biggest arts festivals opened its doors for a week in September. 24,000 catalogues for this year's North East Open Studios were printed and distributed to galleries, shops, cafes and various other outlets throughout Aberdeenshire and beyond. They list the full line up for what has become Scotland's biggest open studio event. The festival ran from 10–18 September and featured many artists, crafters and galleries across the region, registering to open their doors to the public, talk about their art and offer some fantastic original work for sale.

NEOS began in 2003 and has grown from 67 artists to include 286 artists, groups and galleries from across the whole North-East of Scotland, from Banff to Brechin, and is Scotland's largest open studio event verging on becoming UK's biggest of its kind. The group's aim is to open artists' space up to new audiences, and celebrate culture across the whole North-East of Scotland.

Emma Pattullo, from NEOS, explained, just before the festival began:

We're incredibly excited about this year's NEOS. It's been hard work, but it's great to show off the wonderful creative talent that the North-East has to offer and the festival could see over 1000 artists, creators and crafters benefit as many of the entries are group shows or galleries exhibiting more than one artist's work.

Wyness Hall

Taking part in North East Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity for artists to communicate with their audience, help to develop work and explain their work process, as well as engaging and networking with like-minded people. But it is also a way for the public to meet, see and understand how artists work. Giving people a chance to buy work straight from the artist and even commission work too. It has also proved to be a useful tool for galleries to network and connect with new artists (professional, amateur, as well as new to the scene), meet, see and exhibit during and outwith the event.

Despite the recession, visitors to NEOS exhibitions last year spent over £300,000 in one week and many artists received commissions after the events had finished as a result of exposure in the NEOS catalogue, proving that it is a valuable all year directory too.

Images from Wyness Hall, Inverurie (above) and Mill Farm, Kemnay (below)

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

Mill Farm

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