Saturday, 9 September 2017

Its been all systems go this week as Neil Donald Photography Headquarters prepare for the North East Open Studios which begin on Saturday 9th September.
North East Open Studios (NEOS) began in 2003. It is a community organisation providing an informal network for artists and craft makers. During the NEOS week the public are granted access to the creative talents of the North East of Scotland. Artists, photographers, jewellery makers etc. allow the public into their work space or in our case a hired room o showcase their work.
The NEOS is a an award winning Tourist Initiative.  
So myself (but mainly Audrey) have been busily ordering prints and greetings cards for the week. I will admit I have had a wobble in terms of have I enough prints, is my work good enough , will anybody turn up. However  my nerves are now settled and I am excited for this weekend.

Table all set up ad ready to go !!!
Fortunately I am not on my own, there will be 2 artists and  a fellow photographer to help ease the pressure. There are also 3 more artists exhibiting within Balmedie so the little village is a hive of creative activity. Hopefully I will get a chance to visit a few more exhibitors throughout the week.
NEOS Poster for our exhibition

Jess at the Shed will also be exhibiting her art work and Audrey has already spotted a few pieces that she likes.
Sneek peak in Jess's Shed.
A friend and fellow photographer Ally Deans will also have his photographs on show. Fortunately myself and Ally have a different photographic style.
Fittie Aberdeen
Last but certainly not least Kymme Fraser is the second artist to join the multimedia exhibition.

Artwork all set up

So if anybody is visiting the North East of Scotland this week look out for #Yellowsigns for #NEOS on the road a these will point in the direction of an artist or craftsman. Find some inspiration, be awed by the talent that you may not have been aware of.



  1. All looks amazing Neil. I wish I was close enough to visit. PS and your moonbow pic on FB is stunning!

    1. Thank you Gill. It was amazing to see and last for quite a while.

  2. Congratulations, Neil. Your display looks fantastic. Very much looking forward to seeing your work.

  3. Wish I lived nearer .... I love a good exhibition of artworks, me. Private views with wine and nibbles are good, too! Hope you sell shedloads.

  4. We used to have an Open Studios event here in Northants, but there was an admin kerfuffle, so it hasn't happened for the last couple of years, which is a shame. I hope yours is going well. By the way, did you see that Tom Hanks has a book of short stories coming out? Turns out the guy can write as well as act!