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. We won the Northern Lights Tourism Award 2007 for best Aberdeenshire Tourism Initiative. NEOS is run on voluntary grounds as a community organisation.

Since 2013 NEOS has been part of Aberdeen Festivals helping to spread the word about the vibrant creative culture that happens every year in the North East of Scotland.

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 (8th-16th September this year, 2018). 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!