Welcome to Upper
Deeside Art Society
Our aim to encourage an interest in art by providing opportunities
to practice and exhibit art on Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire.
Who we are
Upper Deeside Art Society or UDAS was founded in 1992 by a small
group of art enthusiasts from the Ballater area. We now have over a
hundred members from postal areas AB31, AB34, AB35 and AB36, who
work in an ever-widening range of media; acrylics, oils, water-colour,
pastels, graphite, ceramics, print making, wood and textiles.
Our workshops and talks are held in Aboyne, but our
annual art exhibitions take place at Balmoral and Ballater.
To become a member please contact the membership secretary,
via the button below.
"Every child is an Artist.
The problem is how to remain
an artist once we grow up"
What we offer members
Creatives of all abilities are welcome, with the Society offering a regular programme of talks, demonstrations and workshops that introduce newcomers to art and creativity, and refine the techniques of even the most veteran artists.
Most importantly it offers the chance to meet fellow creatives in a friendly
and informal basis.
Invited artists give our monthly Friday
afternoon talks starting at 14:30 and held
within Aboyne Bowling Club.
Admission is free for members and
£2 for non-members, who are always welcome.
We aim to run one or two day (weekend) tutored workshop session for members, with a practising
Artist each month.
These workshops cover a variety of media and are
held in the Art Department of Aboyne Academy.
As a paid up member of the society you will
have privileged access to a printing press
located in the Aboyne Academy Art Department
for etching and allied techniques.
Un-tutored sessions are normally run
in the morning, of the second Saturday,
and in the evening of the last Thursday
of each month, depending on
Presently the committee organise and run two
annual exhibitions open to all of our members.
One at Balmoral Castle, in the visitors tea-room
at the end of March to beginning of August, and
the other at the Victoria Hall, Station Square
Ballater, for a week at the end of August.
Both offer members an ideal opportunity
to show and sell their work.
“Creativity takes courage”
Quick look Calendar
February - July 2021
Due to Covid -19, all Talks and Workshops
are cancelled until further notice.
Amazingly it was a year ago that the UDAS exhibition was hung at Balmoral! The Ballater exhibition was cancelled in 2020 and we wait to see whether we can hold any exhibitions later in 2021.
NEOS (North East Open Studios) is up and running this year from September 12th - 19th which is very encouraging.
The committee will keep members posted about any developments in this area.
In the meantime, Best Wishes and Happy Artmaking!
Mary Taylor (Chair of UDAS Committee )
If you are a UDAS Member, check out
the posts and members artwork on the Forum.
To access click - Log in - top right of this page
and type your email address and password.
Once logged in, click on - Members Area -
scroll down and click on - Forum.
(Please note the Forum page is private and
cannot be accessed by non members.)
“Art enables us to find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time”
Check Them Out
Eleanor White wkshop 1_1
Eleanor White wkshop 1_2
Eleanor White wkshop 2_13
Eleanor White wkshop 1_1
July 6th & 7th, 2019
Day 1: UDAS members having fun at Craigievar Castle today! Thank you to tutor Eleanor White for taking everyone outside their comfort zone with graphite, charcoal, ink and erasers en plein air.....a very enjoyable day. What will they be up to tomorrow?
Day 2: Tutor Eleanor White fell in love with these old stables and farm buildings at Dinnet, so our hardy group were there with her all day today! Lovely work.........well done all.
David Wood - Aboyne Academy
s1 clay monster3
May 3rd 2019
How is expressive art taught in our schools? How are pupils prepared for an artistic career?
Questions, which were informatively, answered by David Wood an Art Teacher at Aboyne Academy on Friday evening. If you didn’t make the talk you missed out.
Check out the Blog for more information.
Here is a selection of the wonderful work pupils are creating.
Outing to V&A Museum Dundee
May 10th, 2019
A very enjoyable and informative day out for UDAS members at the new V&A Museum in Dundee.
April 27th, 2019
One-day workshop with Mixed media, monoprint and collage