We have put together a new range of guides to help you. We hope you find them useful.

Help Guide: Resizing Photographs

We have put together two simple step-by-step guides on how to resize a photograph for uploading as part of your entry.

They both use Windows Paint – please choose the appropriate version of Windows to open the Word document with instructions.

Windows XP/VistaImage Resize Guide

Windows 7Image Resize Guide

Alternatively, use this NEOS members guide to image resizing to use the website resize tool, works on MacOS or Windows.

It’s important that you save your image as your-name.jpg.


Help Guide: Writing an Artists Statement

This should be a concise statement, describing what inspires you and what medium you work in. Bear in mind when writing, that it should encourage visitors to North East Open Studios to come and visit you to find out more about your creative process

Help Guide: Using Social Media to Self Promote

As you are probably aware, there is a wealth of social media tools out there which we can all use to promote our creativity.

You may already have a personal Facebook account, but you may wish to consider Creating a Page which people can Like and then keep track of your work. These pages can be public, so followers do not need to be on Facebook. Our public North East Open Studios page is one such page – if you don’t already, please “Like” this page and share it with your friends. We also have a Group page, which you may wish to join (you do need to be on Facebook to be able to do this). Joining the group will let you share and hear about opportunities for artists and makers in the northeast.

Twitter is a useful tool for making direct contact with all sorts of interesting people. The NEOS Twitter handle is @NEOS_uk, so if you are already on Twitter, please do follow this account. When you follow, be sure to say that you are a member of NEOS this year, so we can follow you back. This year, please use the hashtag #NEOS2018 for NEOS-related tweets and on Instagram. Again, Twitter is a great way to let people know what you’re up to, creatively. You can tweet photographs and links to websites, not just the standard 140 characters.

Websites are invaluable for creative people. They can be used for a wide range of purposes, including showing photographs of your work, providing contact information, setting up an online store and providing links to places where people can see or buy your work. A valuable tool within a website (or independently) can be a blog, where you can post photographs of recent work or work in progress, write about your creative processes, or just about things about which you are passionate. It’s important to blog regularly to maintain interest. A website can be as simple or as complex as you want. To start with, it’s best to keep it simple. If you are including your website address in your NEOS entry, please check that the link is working and that your website is up to date.

For a helpful overview of using social media as an artist, you may find this article in the Huffington Post interesting.

Helpful Hints:
  • Make the most of your allocation of the North East Open Studio Book by distributing it to places that attract visitors.
  • Print off flyers or put your business card into your page in the book.
  • Get together with other people in your area and discuss where you will put your books so that everywhere is covered
  • Keep some books back for nearer the event – you will need these to go into B&B’s, Hotels and self-catering establishments for the week NEOS is running.
  • Make posters and distribute them to shops, notice boards, and pubs, clubs, and hotels just before the event. A poster template, headers, and footers and the logo in various formats are available here.
  • Consider having an invited preview or even invitations for the first day – make your visitors feel special – they are!
  • Bunting – gets you noticed and makes it feel different – especially if you are open all year.
  • Make the most of social media – and remember to use the hashtag #NEOS2018 in your posts.