Pop-up gallery at 2014 NEOS launch

NEOS committee member, Anne Marquiss
NEOS committee member, Anne Marquiss

North East Open Studios (NEOS) unveiled a pop up gallery at the launch of their 2014 festival at the Arts Centre & Theatre Aberdeen on Thursday, August 28, set up exclusively for the event.

This offered a unique opportunity to engage directly with key members of the committee, along with a small selection of artists and makers from this year’s festival.

The pop up gallery was to allow a sneak preview of some examples of the diverse and creative disciplines the festival has to offer.

NEOS represents the work of both professional and amateur designer makers providing the public with a very diverse choice of venue and disciplines to visit.

These range from professional galleries to working studios, temporary venues such as village halls and pop up galleries created especially for the festival.

NEOS is an award winning collective of artists, makers and designers based in the North East of Scotland and is run as an inclusive community organisation, led by a hardworking and dedicated team of volunteers, the majority also being participating artists.

The collective was formed in 2003, where a lack of public access to the huge wealth of creative talent across the North East had been identified.

Originally set up to provide an informal contact network for local artists spread over a large geographical area, the collective has grown year on year.

In 2007, it was awarded the Northern Lights Tourism award for the best Aberdeenshire Tourism Initiative.

They also celebrated their 10th anniversary last year, and are keen to build on the success of 2013.

Jane Ronie NEOS Chair said: “We are always searching for ways to improve what we do and build on our successes each year and a tremendous amount of hard work and effort goes into coordinating the festival.

“We are reminded each year how worthwhile the effort is when we see our participants answering the questions, giving demos of their skills and of course being able to sell their work and get the occasional commission.

“By consciously continuing to showcase the work of both professionals and amateurs NEOS continues to provide a platform of development to those who wish to enhance their practice, something which is, and always will be, at the heart of NEOS.”

Stewart Aitken, CEO of Aberdeen International Youth Festival attended the launch and said: “It is fantastic to see so many artists gathering under one banner, these kinds of events are so beneficial to the North East and we are looking forward to working more closely with NEOS and the other members of Aberdeen Festivals in the near future.”

The full colour brochure is free and available from various outlets, with details on each exhibiting artist and a map for directions to galleries and exhibiting spaces all over the North East.

NEOS 2014 runs from Saturday 6 to Sunday 14 September.