Our nine day event has finished for another year. We had over 280 members open their spaces, and the weather was kind to the visitors who came in their droves to visit studios, garages, spare rooms and garden sheds all over Aberdeenshire. We thank them all for their  interest, enthusiasm and support.

The committee will have a short rest now and will appear again on 7th October for the AGM. Hope to see you all there; it’s a great chance to debrief with fellow makers.

Once you’ve read the glowing testimonials (below) that we plucked from social media after the event, we hope it might motivate you to consider joining the team next year, to help us with your special skills or just to lighten the load. You’d be very welcome. NEOS is a huge undertaking and the committee needs a lot of help to keep the event going. Pop your hand up at the AGM or contact us right now before the mood leaves you.

If you’re an artist or maker and you’re thinking of opening your studio next year for #NEOS2019 get yourself on the mailing list and you’ll be first to find out when signup begins.



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“Huge thanks to all involved with organising and promoting NEOS 2018. As a ne(os)wbie, it exceeded my expectations, and was great for the soul. I had fascinating conversations with many wonderful people, and can’t wait to do it all again next year! I had visitors who travelled considerable distances to visit, and that’s all because of the kudos that comes from being part of NEOS. Ace work all round!

Lynne Hocking

“Thank you all in the committee. It has been a very successful NEOS.”

Ragnhild Ericsson

“To everyone on the committee… and for excellent publicity and promotion on social media.”

Lorna Crawford
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“Thanks, it’s been really great, so well organised!”

Carine Eunson

“Thank you all for the huge amount of hard work that must have gone on behind the scenes. The social media effort alone has been great.”

Juliet Macleod

“great work by the committee this year!”

April X J Pressley
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“Thank you to everyone who came to visit my studio over the last 10 days … And thank you to everyone else from far and near (as far as Canada at least) who liked, shared or retweeted … And finally to thanks to the #NEOS18 committee who put so much generous effort into making this festival possible. NEOS is a GOOD THING.”

John Bolland

“A huge thank you to the committee for all your hard work. Well done! The marketing has been on another level this year.”

Jennifer Watson

“Had a most enjoyable and satisfying first NEOS. Hope everyone else had a good one. Thanks to everyone who supported us from NEOS and elsewhere … and to Gerrie Somerville for sharing her beautiful home with me and my work for the last 9 days. A better showcase and more congenial company would be very hard to find.”

Anne Dewar
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“Many thanks to the NEOS committee … for their hard work and support.
As a NEOS Newbie and the second most Southerly venue I was delighted to have so many visitors!
It was a great week, fab weather, lovely compliments and lots of art work going off to their new homes!
Thanks everyone and here’s to 2019″.

Gerrie Somerville

“A wholehearted thank you to everyone on the committee who worked so hard to bring another year of NEOS into being so seamlessly. It’s such a wonderful event to take part in. Looking forward to 2019 already!”

Elaine Reid
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“Enjoyed every minute of my first NEOS. So many lovely chats, a wide range of visitors, some local but also quite a few from abroad. The most common comment was ‘I was amazed to see so many talented people’. On a personal level it was a great opportunity for me, a relative newbie, to showcase my work and get my name out there. I also think it’s brilliant for the North East as a whole, giving visibility to all those talented artists beavering away in sheds, studios and their own homes. Thank you to all the committee for all your hard work.”

Nicola Seal

“Thank you to all in the Committee, such a professional act.”

Jane Ronie

“Thank you all in the committee. It has been a very successful NEOS.”

Ragnhild Ericsson
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“NEOS 2018 was fabulous!! Thank you to all the committee members who have worked so hard to make this happen again! 🙏 I’d also like to thank the community at Newton Dee Village for having us. You’re just awesome people! 😍 Last but not least, I’d like to thank all my fellow exhibitors for a wonderful collaboration this week! 🤗”

Fenneke Wolters-Sinke

…Thank you so much to you and the Committee for the huge amount of time and effort you devote to making #NEOS2018everyone’s own NEOS. We had a real great time. Here’s to the hashtag NEOS2019 😉

Helen Forrest

“I had a hugely successful NEOS with a fantastic group of people at Newton Dee all with different types of work. Over 100 people most days and wonderful compliments about the work and the special venue that we are lucky enough to exhibit in.”

Lorna Crawford