• 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 [email protected]

  • 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.

  • If you do not want to download the whole brochure, but just need a handy map to find the more out of the way venues here is the map as a pdf on its own 222kb. FILE

  • Coast is looking for creative children to get involved in our Colouring Competition! Entrants are invited to colour in our ‘Coast Birds’ posters using felt-tip, crayon, paint, pastel, acrylics, pen or ink, pencils, charcoal or collage – whatever your fancy!

    Prizes will be awarded in each of 3 categories: under 5 years; 5 – 9 years; 10 years and over.

    Colouring sheets can be downloaded here, and will also be available at Harley’s throughout the Festival weekend. These are free of charge, but any submission to the competition will cost 50p, and must be accompanied by an entry form (also downloadable here).

    Entries can be handed in at Harley’s, Macduff Industrial Estate, Old Gamrie Rd, Macduff, AB44 1GD. Closing Date: Monday 26th May.

    To save PDF files to your computer right click and select ‘save link as’. Acrobat reader for PDF files is available free if you do not already have it from

    Entry Form PDF 129 kb

    Sheet 1 Puffin PDF 246 kb

    Sheet 2 Black Headed Gull PDF 109 kb

    Sheet 3 Herring Gull PDF 134 kb