Formed in 2003, the North East Open Studios (NEOS) is an award winning collective of artists, makers and designers based in the North East of Scotland. We provide an informal contact network for artists and makers alike, to help the public access the wealth of creative talent throughout the North East of Scotland. In 2007, we won the Northern Lights Tourism Award 2007 for best Aberdeenshire Tourism Initiative.It is run on voluntary grounds as a community organisation
In 2013 we were invited to join the Aberdeen Festivals Pilot Project. Consequently NEOS is now receiving greater exposure than ever. In 2015 Aberdeen Festivals ceased being a Pilot project, and the invitation was extended to other Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Festivals.
Each year NEOS produce a Directory of Artists residing and practising in the North East of Scotland. The artists open their Studios to the Public for 9 days in September.