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Annual art festival goes ahead despite Covid 19


By Kirsty Brown

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Months of uncertainty ended with a great sigh of relief last weekend as artists were able to open their doors for North East Open Studios 2020.

The event, widely known as NEOS, runs until Sunday September 20 and sees creators from across the north east of Scotland welcome the public to see their work and learn more about both the creators and the stories behind their work.

Amongst those participating this year are painters, photographers, woodworkers, cermacists, jewellery designers and those who work with textiles.

With cases rising and the country being forced to take a step backwards last week, the festival's fate was still hanging in the balance 48 hours before studios were set to open.

The uncertainty has resulted in less creators taking part this year, but it has also opened up different opportunities for those who are taking part including the chance to use to technology to reach a wider audience by demonstrating their craft virtually.

Regardless of the circumstances the participating creators are all delighted to be welcoming the public to NEOS 2020, and the event received great support from the public in its opening weekend.

Why not take a sneak peak at some of the local creators taking part in ...

FYVIE:

OLDMELDRUM:

Artists Fiona Sinclair and Jenni Prentice are displaying their work at Barra Castle.
Artists Fiona Sinclair and Jenni Prentice are displaying their work at Barra Castle.

HADDO:

For more information, including where to find all 210 participants, you can visit www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk , or check out @NEOS_UK on Twitter, @neopenstudios on Instagram or North East Open Studios on Facebook.

Alternatively you can check out #NEOS2020 or #yellowsigns.

To read more about NEOS, why not check out Artists Open Their Studios For Annual Event and NEOS Showcases Creative Talent ?



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