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January 2020 Newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter

Open Call: return to Aberdeen Art Gallery June 2020

The exhibition will take place in galleries 2 and 3 on the ground floor of the Gallery – look out for details which will be announced shortly on our website and on social media platforms (see links below).

This exhibition marks a welcome re-entry for the Society after the prolonged closure of the gallery, which is happily now fully active with a splendid, rejuvenated setting. We are excited about renewing our relationship with the Gallery and to be working to create initiatives together – new spaces inviting new responses.

The exhibition will be Open Call; initial online submissions will be by OESS during April, followed by selection in May. Submissions will be invited for work in any media, e.g. framed works up to I metre, small 3d work (ceramics, sculpture, jewellery etc., but not limited to these), video, sound. There is also the possibility of artist performance and artist-led workshops and talks. Details will be announced on our website and on social media in February – look out for these!

There is a submission discount for society members so why not consider becoming a member? Apply for membership – or renew subscriptions which are due in February – see below.

This exhibition will open on Saturday 6th June with a civic party. There will be invited guests, AAS past alumni, artists and the public, prize-giving, speeches and the possibility of performances and workshops – we look forward to an afternoon of buzzing excitement, with new relationships being forged among already established ones; friends old and new in an energetic coming home for our beloved Society. We hope to see you there!

A template for you to offer proposals regarding workshops and talks at the Gallery during the AAS exhibition and the future will be available for download on the website and social media.

Sadie Main, catalogue cover, 2002, printed by Peacock Printmakers

Website Update

The newly updated website will be going live in February, 2020.

Look out for details of all activities on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

  • The gallery exhibition
  • Open call for work
  • Instructions for how to photograph your work – the quality of your initial Submitted image can be crucial in the selection process
  • Instructions for online submission to the exhibition
  • Online membership application and payment
  • Subscriptions are due in February

Stop Press 2022!

Aberdeen Artists Society’s following exhibition to be held in the large gallery on the new top floor of Aberdeen Art Gallery in 2022!

AGM 9th November 2019

AGM 9th November 2019

Aberdeen Artists Society

AGM will be held at the Northern Arts Club, Bon Accord Square, at 2.00pm on 9th November 2019

It’s that time of year again. The annual meeting is the place for members to meet up and discuss the Society’s activities over the past year.

We hope you can come and participate.


Welcome & Introduction

Council Apologies & Member Apologies Received

Approval of Minutes

Review Agenda & AOB

AAS Annual Report 2018/19

Treasurer’s Report

Aberdeen Art Gallery

AAS Council and Election of Council Members

AAS Plans for 2020


Membership renewal due February 1st 2020

Our mailing address is:
Aberdeen Artists Society
Mill Farm
Inverurie, Aberdeenshire AB51 5NY
United Kingdom

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Copyright © 2019 Aberdeen Artists Society, All rights reserved.

July 2019 Newsletter

July 2019 Newsletter

EGM – The Constitution of Aberdeen Artists Society

The EGM will be held at the Northern Arts Club on August 24th, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

The proposed constitution is available to view on the AAS website.

If you have any questions, please inform the society via the website or

We also invite you to come to the meeting in person, where you can discuss the constitution and vote on any proposals that arise.


Call for Works for the Art Fair

Aberdeen Art Fair. The Music Hall. Friday 30th August (evening) – Sunday 1st September.

There will be a member’s prize of £150 regarding work that has been created for the event.

The call for ‘Drawing’ works to show at the Art Fair has been updated.

There will be fully online submission for the first time in the Society history. The submission will be accessed through and will be open by the 1st August 2019.

The Call for Works Entry Pack Click to view

Drawing Prizes awarded to Grays Graduates 2019.

Three students received cheques from Aberdeen Artists Society at the opening of their graduate shows this year and further to this, they will have works shown at the Aberdeen Artists stand at the Art Fair.

Isabel Mcleish, Claire Kidd and Nefeli Chrysanthou were chosen to receive the award for showing skillful and intriguing drawing, evidenced as instrumental in their artistic practice.

Copyright © 2019 Aberdeen Artists Society, All rights reserved.
2019 AAS Constitution

2019 AAS Constitution

The new Aberdeen Artists Society Constitution is available to read.

“Aberdeen Artists Society exists to organize exhibitions and other activities in and around the City of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland.”

Click to view AAS_Constitution_2019

2019 Call for Works Aberdeen Art Fair

2019 Call for Works Aberdeen Art Fair

Click here for electronic submission to OESS


EXHIBITION 30th August -1st September 2019. Aberdeen Art Fair


Aberdeen Artists Society is happy to announce that we will be having an exhibition stand at the Aberdeen Art Fair. Returning this year to the beautifully refurbished Music Hall in the centre of Aberdeen, we are calling for submissions to this exhibition opportunity, Drawing @ Aberdeen Artists Society (DAAS).  You are invited to create new work in the form of ‘Drawings’.

“Drawing – considered as any kind of work on paper regardless of technique – is the load bearing skeleton for much creative experimentation, a medium favoured by painters and sculptors that often represents the first  visualisation of an idea” – John Berger

“Drawing is closest to the idea” – Maria Lessing

“Drawing is the root of everything, and time spent on that is actually all profit” – Vincent Van Gogh

AAS hopes you will participate in this exciting opportunity to establish our increasing relevance to the 21st century, as we relaunch the Society  in preparation for our first major exhibition in the refurbished Aberdeen Art Gallery in 2020.

All entries must be submitted via the Online Exhibition Submission System (OESS); AAS Members will on this occasion be guaranteed exhibition space if possible. A selection process will be applied to Open Submissions from non-members.

PLEASE NOTE: It will not be possible in this exhibition & venue for us to show video or 3D works, but we will make every effort to show all works selected, using a 2D hanging system, table space or digital media. Only suitably framed works will be hung on the wall spaces and unframed mounted/ wrapped pieces will be shown in ‘print’ browsers.

We will try to show other works if we can devise a method to safely secure and exhibit them. (eg sketchbook or other).

At DAAS, for the first time, AAS will use online entry via OESS. We are aware that some members will be unfamiliar with online entry and the use of digital devices to prepare photographs of work to meet the size and quality required for uploading to OESS.

For help with OESS on-line entry technical difficulties, please contact OESS direct (details on the on-line entry form), otherwise please contact the Exhibition Manager (see below). Please note, the purpose of these helplines is purely technical; no discussion on AAS policies or procedures can be entered into, nor will selection matters be discussed by those manning the helpline.

The Selectors’ decisions are final and no correspondence on selection will be entered into.

Artists should be aware that in order to show all AAS members’ works, rotation of works hung will be necessary.

An AAS members’ prize of £150 for a drawing will be awarded at DAAS.

AAS has awarded three Drawing prizes of £100, £50, and £50 for work created by graduates of Gray’s School of Art, and these prizewinners will have their work exhibited with DAAS.

The conditions of entry & regulations for the DAAS show are as follows:

This page gives a summary of essential information.

Section 1. Submission, selection and preparations
Section 2. Managing the exhibition/event
Section 3. Dismantling the exhibition and settling the finances

1. Entry form and regulations – can be found on OESS via the AAS website.
2. Picture labels – can be printed from OESS via the AAS website.

Key dates:
1st August – 18th August 2019 Electronic submission – link to OESS via AAS Website

22nd August 2019 Selection completed.
25th-27th August 2019 Hand in of members and selected works
30th August 2019 Exhibition preview reception
31st August 2019 Exhibition opens to the public
1st September 2019 Exhibition closes to the public
1st September 2019 Collection of unsold works

Exhibition Manager Susie Hunt

Mill Farm, Kemnay, Inverurie, AB5 15NY
01467 643569.

Section 1 : Submission, Selection and Preparations

• Artists are invited to submit up to 2 new (produced no earlier than 1st January 2018) works, based on the theme of ‘Drawing’ and taking the setting/audience into account.
• Photographic and digital works that fulfill the brief will be considered.
• Relevant Framing or display/hanging instructions should be provided by the artist.
• Max size 1 meter in either direction.
• All works will be for sale. Some exceptions allowed.

First stage: Electronic submission via OESS to Exhibition Manager by 12 midnight Sunday 18th August 2019.  Each uploaded image must not exceed 3.00MB and should be at least 96dpi.  As part of the OESS process you will be asked for: artwork title, medium, and size. (Not more than I metre in either direction unless by special arrangement). OESS registration will require email and phone number.

All submissions are subject to entry fees, to cover cost of the online entry process.

Applicants are requested to login to OESS to find out if they have been selected after selection is complete on 22nd August 2019.

Second stage: Works to be handed in Mill Farm, Kemnay, AB51 5NY between Sunday 25th August 2019 and Tuesday 27th August 2019. Work must be accompanied by your downloaded OESS entry form. A copy of which must also be securely attached to the back of each work.

Price entered on the entry form must include commission due to AAS (20% for members 30% non members).

Submission Fees:

£5 for AAS members
£10 for non members

Fees are payable through the OESS online entry system.

Selection The Selection Committee will select the works for exhibition. The selectors will consider all correctly completed submissions. The decision of the selectors on all matters is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Communications All communication will be by email or via the online login process. Applicants will be required to login to see if they have been preselected and will be asked to download and print their application details to be delivered with the artwork. Failure to do so could result in work being withdrawn from the exhibition.

Agreement Artists submitting work will need to accept the exhibition agreement which can be found on the OESS online submission system.

Section 2: Managing the Exhibition/Event

Opening night preview. Artists and guests will be invited to attend between 6.00pm and 9.00pm on Friday 30th August 2019.

Any works sold are to remain part of the exhibition and be marked as sold in the usual way with a red dot.

The exhibition is open to the public from 31st August to 1st September 2019 between 10am and 5pm daily. During this time you will be asked to contribute to invigilation – please make your availability known to the Exhibition Manager.

Insurance: Artists are responsible for insuring their own work. All works accepted for exhibition will be displayed entirely at the artist’s risk and organisers and the venue will not accept liability for loss or damage occurring during the exhibition.

Section 3: Dismantling the Exhibition and Settling the Finances

At the close of the exhibition all unsold works are to be collected from the Music Hall on 1st September between 5.00pm and 6.00 pm, unless otherwise arranged with the exhibition manager.

Artists collecting their works must bring identification, or provide a letter to whoever is collecting on their behalf.

Uncollected works after this time will become the property of the AAS and be disposed of as appropriate.

Payments to prizewinning artists and for works sold during the show will be made by cheque, or BACS, as soon as possible after the event.

May 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Newsletter

AGM to EGM – The Constitution of Aberdeen Artists Society

The EGM will be held at the Northern Arts Club on August 24th, 2.30pm – 4.30pm

At the AGM it became apparent that the changes to the constitution proposed need to be notified to the members and ratified at a general meeting.


We will send you the proposed changes for you to consider prior to the meeting.

The meeting is being called to discuss and finalise any changes.

Please come!



Click here for more info: Call for Works: ‘Drawing’

This year the Art Fair returns to the splendid newly refurbished Music Hall. We have taken a larger stand for the’Drawing’ show.

We would like to present an eye catching stand with diverse works on paper. Submissions from members of AAS will on this occasion be guaranteed display if they are suitable for exhibition. Open submissions from outwith the Society will be subject to a selection process.

Further details will be posted on The AAS Website and social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


‘Drawing – considered as any kind of work on paper regardless of the technique – is the load bearing skeleton for much creative experimentation, a medium favoured by painters and sculptors that often represents the first visualisation of an idea. ‘ John Berger

‘Drawing is the root of everything and time spent on that is actually all profit. ‘ Vincent Van Gogh’


The drawing is closest to the idea.’ Maria Lessing

There will be a member’s prize of £150 regarding work that has been created for the event.

Three drawing prizes will be offered to graduates of Grays School of Art 2019.

Copyright © 2019 Aberdeen Artists Society, All rights reserved.