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Creative minds prepare for North East Open Studios 2021


By Kirsty Brown

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Over 250 artists and makers will be sharing their creations with the public in this year's North East Open Studios (NEOS) festival.

NEOS 2021 will see 252 creatives open their doors from September 11-19, with venues spread across the Grampian.

While some locations host a number of creatives under one roof, some will be sharing the work of one particular person.

Opening their doors in Turriff are Janette McMaster (painter), Anne Rendall (painter) and Flydresser (heritage crafts).

There will be a gathering of creatives hosted at Delgatie Castle, where visitors will be able to learn more about the work of Reiverswell (textile), Vera McKendrick (painter), Maureenmadethis (jewellery), PAW Creations (textiles), Watts That (textile) and Jenny Evans (mixed media).

Janette McMaster and Anne Rendall.
Janette McMaster and Anne Rendall.

Visitors to Fyvie will have the opportunity to learn more about Lindsay And Yoshi (textiles), Erica Brammer Art (painter), Bramar (glass) and CeramiKer (ceramics).

A number of creatives will be hosted at Haddo House, including Wendy Booth (painter), Craigie Art Interiors (textiles), FeltingMad (textiles), Little Blue Cabin (mixed media), Deborah Morrison (painter), Mary Shaw (painter), Helen Stephen (glass) and Catherine Taylor-Armstrong (painter).

Painters Fiona Sinclair and Jenni Prentice will be welcoming visitors to Barra Castle.

Henderson's in Maud will be home to Coated Candy Accessories (textile), Junctions Art (printmaking), Jane Keenan (mixed media), Drew Markou (jewellery), Matchless Pots (ceramics) and Ashleigh Norrie (printmaking).

Artists Fiona Sinclair and Jenni Prentice at Barra Castle in 2020.
Artists Fiona Sinclair and Jenni Prentice at Barra Castle in 2020.

In Banff visitors will be able to find Alan Dyson (ceramics) and Pam Dyson (sculpture), Micheal Kitchen (painter) at Inverboyndie and Brian Cook Shand (ceramics) and Fiona Duckett (ceramics) in Whitehills.

Garioch Heritage Centre will hosts Judith Glennie (glass), Gemma Hare (mixed media), James Kelly (photography), Angela Neilson (mixed media), Suz MacInnes (ceramics), Edith Taylor (photography) and Tickled Collie (textile) while elsewhere in Inverurie visitors can see Melabella Gifts (illustration) and Natalie Naylor (ceramics).

Creatives in Kemnay includes Sarah Franklin (painter), Susie Hunt (painter), Irene Hunter (jewellery), Alice Harman (painter), Dave Lothian (ceramics), Nik Munro Design (photography), Letitia Smith-Burnett (mixed media) and Roderick Scott (printmaking).

Judith Glennie.
Judith Glennie.

Vistors to Monymusk will find David Hawson (painter), Ann Gannon (mixed media), Kamal Woodturning (wood), Lorna Purvis (jewellery), Paula Turner (painting), Sew Together and The Studio Monymusk.

Rothiemay is home to Marra (jewellery), Luck Penny (wood) and Kate Doughty (ceramics).

There will be lots to see in Insch with Bennachie Crafts (wood), Bennachie Stained Glass (glass), Magdalene Forde (painter), Francesca Hellings (painter), Milly Munday (jewellery), Eilidh Angus (painter), Ellacay Design (ceramics) and Fifi's Pottery (ceramics).

Durno's Gordon Court will be hosting mixed media artists Lucy Brydon, Fiona Chance, Cat Mackenzie and Moira Milne as well as Lynneeloo Pottery.

For full information on participating creatives, venues and opening hours pick up a NEOS directory or visit: www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk.

Take a peek inside Bramar glass workshop in Fyvie with creator Ash Brammer.
Take a peek inside Bramar glass workshop in Fyvie with creator Ash Brammer.

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