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
evening of the last Thursday of each month
and on the second Saturday of each month
depending on room availability.
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
August - December 2019
Online booking is now open via the 'Events' page
Please note our Talks and Demonstrations are open to everyone. Admission is free for members and £2 for non-members, who are always welcome. But our Workshops are for members only.
1st of August 2019, 11:00 - 12:00 noon, Balmoral Tea Room.
Balmoral Exhibition, Collection of all unsold work
31st August – 8th September 2019, 10.00 – 18.00 each day
Ballater Exhibition held in the Victoria Hall, Station Square, Ballater.
Members intention to exhibit should have been received by the treasurer,
Ian Ritchie- by the 5th of August, and your Title Card Artwork Form should be completed and returned to Ian by 12th of August.
The receiving day for all artwork will be the 29th of August between 10 –11:30am
and all unsold artwork should be collected at the close of the exhibition on
the 8th of September at 16:00hrs.
Please note all exhibiting members will be required to steward for a
minimum of 4 hours during the exhibition.
14th Sat Untutored Printing Sessions;- 10:00 – 13:00.
20th Friday Talk & Demo: Kate Cunningham - ‘The Sky as the Consciousness of the Landscape’
21-22nd Sat/Sun Two day Workshop: Kate Cunningham - Workshop in oils (or other mediums if people prefer)
26th Thurs Untutored Printing Sessions;- 18:30 – 21:00.
12th Sat Untutored Printing Sessions;- 10:00 – 13:00.
24th Thurs Untutored Printing Sessions;- 18:30 – 21:00.
25th Friday Talk: Brigid Collins
26-27th Sat/Sun Two day Workshop: Brigid Collins - Mixed media
9th Sat Untutored Printing Sessions;- 10:00 – 13:00.
16-17th Sat/Sun Two day Workshop: Susie Hunt - ‘Awash with Colour’
22nd Friday Talk: Tony Pryke - "Scottish Colourists"
28th Thurs Untutored Printing Sessions;- 18:30 – 21:00.
7th Sat Untutored Printing Sessions;- 10:00 – 13:00.
“Art enables us to find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time”
Check Them Out
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
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