• ‘The COAST committee is meeting 2.30 Tuesday 10 January to consider a suggestion that COAST continue but in a change form. COAST would no longer deliver  festivals and would become a commissioning agency for occasional quality arts events, as and when opportunities arose.
    If this suggestion is not agreed we will continue to wind up the organisation.
    Anyone interested in being actively involved in this new direction will be welcome to attend the meeting. Many members of the current committee will shortly be standing down so COAST will need new committee members if we are to continue. This is your chance to make it happen.’
    The meeting will be held in the room above the Kelpie (café) in Banff Castle 2.30 Tuesday 10 Jan.
  • From 2 July until 28 August 2016.

    A new exhibition focusing on artists’ responses to the sea will be shown at Duff House this summer.

    All works on show will be by members of the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.


    The exhibition will include three pieces from the Royal Scottish Academy collections: ‘Cod requiem’ a film by Will Maclean and Andy Rice:   ‘Harbour Window’ by Silvia Wishart, and  ‘Morning Harbour’ by Ian Fleming. Other works have been sourced direct from the artists or from private collections and include work from Frances Walker, Joyce W Cairns, Arthur Watson, Barbara Rae, Ian MacKenzie Smith, William Littlejohn and John Bellamy. Some works will be for sale.

    COAST Arts Festival contacted the RSA earlier this year in the hope that an exhibition might be developed to be shown in Duff House during the 2016 Festival. When it was decided that COAST would not take place this year, the Committee took the decision to go forward with the SEA show regardless, in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland and the RSA.

    Colin Greenslade, Director of the Royal Scottish Academy, is curating the show. Colin is himself from the North East, having grown up in Elgin and studied at Gray’s School of Art. He is keen to enhance opportunities for local communities to experience a full range of high quality art and has used his considerable expertise and knowledge to bring us this exhibition.

    Hazel Weeks, Secretary of COAST Arts Festival said “We are delighted to bring this show to Duff House this summer for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors alike. We would like to thank The Royal Scottish Academy and Duff House, Historic Environment Scotland for their enthusiasm, commitment and co-operation in making this happen. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people in the North East to view work by these renowned artists. We are sure that this exhibition will be enjoyed and valued by all who see it.”


    SEA will be on show at Duff House, Banff AB45 3SX from 2 July until 28 August 2016.

    Many of the pieces are for sale: see list of artists and prices

    See Duff House Website, ,for information on opening times and admission charges.

    Normal Opening Hours: 1 April – 31 October
    Daily, 11am to 5pm


    Contacts:         Alison Simpson, COAST Festival – 01542 841063

    Graeme Curran, Duff House – 01261 818181

    Colin Greenslade, Royal Scottish Academy – 0131 225 6671

  • Artworks by 6 artists:

    David watson hood
    Bibo Keeley
    Hazel prichard
    Theo Shields
    Debbie Plaskett
    Graeme Whipps

  • Deadline: 02 March 2015 at 12:00

    The Macduff town hall space will be divided into six ‘rooms’ opening on to a central area, using temporary screens suitable for hanging works. Each ‘room’ is to be used by a selected artist or collaborating artists, and it is our aim that each should make a coherent exhibit i.e. not simply be a heterogeneous collection of unrelated works.

    2015 is the International Year of Light, and we have chosen to use Light as our inspiration for this year’s Festival.

    Light is the basic material of every visual artist without exception from the most traditional watercolourist to the most outré conceptualist. Everything seen is by means of reflected light, all colour a particular part of the light spectrum as detected by the eye and perceived by the brain, all tone a variance in reflection rates of different surfaces.
    You may have never consciously felt it, but, when a photon of light hits you then you get a wee push. It is a well-known fact that part of the light illuminating an object bounces back and that recoil pushes the object away. To see something is to interact with it – it is changed and so are you. Light from stars that may take a thousand years to reach you is still also an actual physical presence of photons crossing the universe, exerting a force and giving you a light tap on the shoulder.
    So if you can provide a body of work to fill a small room that: enlightens, elucidates, illuminates, clarifies, casts things in a new light or just exudes a warm glow, then please apply.

    The event will run 22nd – 24th May 2015, forming part of the Coast Arts Festival alongside music, installations and events throughout Banff and Macduff.

    Coast Festival is publicised widely in Scotland through our brochure, press advertising and editorial, and is responsible for all marketing.
    Please contact us with:

    – your name and location
    – a short description of your work
    – a link to your website/blog (or attach up to 3 images of recent work)

    Artists are expected to:
    1. Have their own insurance for work in transit and on show.
    2. Participate in or be responsible for assembling/hanging their work (mutual agreements between artists to cover this aspect are acceptable).
    3. Make themselves or images of their work available for promotional purposes (interviews, press releases) where practicable.

    Artists are not required to offer exhibited works for sale. A commission fee of 25% will be charged by Coast on any works sold.

    Location: Aberdeenshire

    For further information, please contact

  • Subsequent to The Banff and Buchan Arts Forum Extraordinary General Meeting
    of Wednesday the 28th January 2015.
    The proposal was accepted that we seek the permission of the The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) to dissolve the Banff and Buchan Arts Forum.

    Presuming such approval is granted the BBAF will not be functioning as an organisation beyond the end of March.

  • The Banff and Buchan Arts Forum will hold an Extraordinary General Meeting
    on Wednesday the 28th January 2015
    At 7.30 p.m. in Macduff Town Hall
    to consider the proposal that the The Banff and Buchan Arts Forum be dissolved.
    Any interested parties may attend.

  • The 2015 festival will be held from the 22nd- 24th May, on the theme of light.

  • The Banff and Buchan Arts Forum desperately needs active supporters. We would like to continue with our two current core activities. Those being the annual exhibition in Macduff Town Hall that we manage as part of the COAST festival and the on-line “Art in the Aberdeenshire Environment” database (see: ). In order to do so we need to have a viable committee of volunteers with the usual key office holders, we usually hold approximately six committee meetings a year. This organisation that has been part of the districts cultural fabric for a quarter of a century will soon disappear without new committee members. If you think you can help in any way to ensure the BBAF survives please contact me by email at: BBAF Webmaster D. W. Hood

  • Summer Nights

    Scottish Chamber Orchestra

    Friday 13th June, 8pm, Banff Academy, Bellevue Rd. Bamff, AB45 1BY

    Music including…..


    Three Minuets for wind instruments


    Sonata for two clarinets




    Rondino in E-flat

    Tickets: £12.50 in advance / £14 on the door / £5 concessions* *U26s, students, unemployed, people with a disability and carers.

    Available from: Banff Visitor Information Centre, Collie Lodge, Banff, AB45 1AU / 01261 812419 or

  • The fun has started the opening of the festival and “the Thought of Home” exhibition.