Paint Brushes

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

Artistic Souls

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"

Pablo Picasso

What we offer members

Creative Confidence

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.


Art Talks

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.

Printing Press

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”

Henri Matisse

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”

Thomas Merton

Past Events

Check Them Out

Eleanor White

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.


Contact Us

Use the contact form opposite to contact our Membership Secretary.

To become a member you must be 16 years or over and living in the AB31, AB34, AB35 and AB36 postal areas and our membership fee is currently £18 per year. 


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.

Lindsay Stewart

April 27th, 2019

One-day workshop with Mixed media, monoprint and collage