Over a dozen artists part of Deeside trails

The yellow NEOS signs that will soon be popping up throughout the Shire
The yellow NEOS signs that will soon be popping up throughout the Shire

As part of a North-East arts festival, numerous artists from the area are coming together to make trail maps to show people how they work.

They are part of the North East Open Studios (NEOS) Festival, the largest open studio event in Scotland, which will this year see 200 artists opening their doors to the public from Saturday, September 12 to Monday, September 21.

Aubin Stewart, a committee member of NEOS, said: “A lot of people do end up creating their own trails and maps. It’s so that visitors can easily go and see a few artists that are five minutes from each other, rather than travelling for hours.”

The ‘North Deeside Road NEOS Trail’ features “13 very different artists within less than 15 minutes drive” between Culter and Peterculter.

Kath Greaves in Banchory, who makes artisan leather handbags, and who was on the edge of the North Deeside Road Trail, is part of the newly formed Banchory Cluster. She said: “We’re advertising each others work and increasing footfall.

“The point of this is not to sell things, it’s for people to see how you work.”

Karen Beattie, who has just returned to Deeside having completed her fine art degree in Calgary, is involved with NEOS for the first time this year, and is part of the Banchory cluster. She said: “I’m really happy to be involved in such a well organised institution. I only recently moved back to the area, so it’s great for me to be able to network and meet more people.”

The maps are available for the North Deeside Trail on www.northeastopenstudios.co.uk, and the Banchory cluster’s map is being made. Look out for the yellow NEOS signs which will be appearing throughout the shire in the build up to the event.