In 2003, a collective of artists, makers, and designers based in the North East of Scotland started North East Open Studios (NEOS). We provide an informal contact network for artists and makers alike and help the public access the wealth of creative talent throughout the North East of Scotland. NEOS is run on voluntary grounds as a community organisation.

In 2018 North East Open Studios was a finalist in the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards under the Best Cultural Event or Festival section. In 2007 we won the Northern Lights Tourism Award for best Aberdeenshire Tourism Initiative.

Each year we produce The NEOS Book that highlights who, what and when for that year’s North East Open Studios event, which sees the creatives of the North East open their studios during a 9-day period in September. The book also acts as a year round Directory of Artists residing and practising in the North East of Scotland – so please don’t throw it away!