COAST Festival COAST Festival of the Arts Banff & Macduff Wed, 10 Feb 2016 13:05:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Announcement from the COAST team. Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:54:49 +0000 The committee of The COAST Festival has reluctantly taken the decision to postpone the next 
COAST Festival until May 2017. Various factors, in particular constraints on volunteers working 
at management level, have made this decision essential to ensure that COAST can continue to 
deliver a high quality Arts Festival for Banff and Macduff in the future.

COAST Chairman Alison Simpson said, “circumstances have changed for some of our 
committee members and we don’t at present have the amount of volunteer input required to 
organise such a complex event. We also want to use our limited funds to lever out some money 
from grant-giving bodies, support participating artists better and deliver a more polished event
  – but in order to do this, we need a longer run-up. We are definitely looking forward to an 
exciting COAST Festival for 2017”.

“We do realise that this will mean a gap in the calendar at the end of May, and instead are in 
discussions with a number of local groups so that there will be a series of Community Events in 
Banff and Macduff on the Weekend of 28th and 29th of May.

Provisionally, we’re calling this the BIG WEEKEND – and there will be a lot going on. Watch the 
press for further details.

The COAST Committee is now busy planning the next Festival, which will be held in 2017. If you are interested in being involved in the organisation and delivery of this exciting arts festival 
please contact us via our Facebook page or email:

COAST can be a great opportunity for young creatives wanting to gain some experience, such 
as helping to curate an exhibition or organise an event. We’re keen to hear from anyone who wants to help, including folks with skills in desktop publishing, marketing and publicity, or anyone who just wants to get involved. We have a book-keeper, but are also looking for a treasurer, to help have an overview of our finances.

COAST Festival of the Arts consists of a weekend of exhibitions and events that takes place in 
Banff & Macduff, in the last full weekend in May. It is a family friendly event but also a 
great opportunity to see a range of art that we would otherwise have little opportunity to 
experience in this area. The festival involves many community organisations which organise a 
wide range of activities as well as bringing artists of national and international standing to Banff 
and Macduff

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Coast Artists in NEOS! Sat, 12 Sep 2015 11:18:32 +0000 This year we have several artists from past Coast Festivals opening their workshops, studios, homes and other venues for the North East Open Studios programme.

Get along and see them!

Click on the Directory for details

and here’s the Map!





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The Future Of Coast Festival – Workshop, 1st July, Macduff Arts Centre Thu, 25 Jun 2015 10:51:58 +0000 We’re holding a workshop about the Future of the Coast Festival on 1st July and I’d be really pleased if you could come. The views of all supporters and collaborators and participants are very important.

Lots of people enjoyed this years Festival (and we’ve had lots of good feedback) – we’re going to have to think quite hard, however, about how to keep it going in the next few years, and we’d like your input.

There’s good evidence that the arts can be a really effective tool in supporting the regeneration of towns, and we’d like to explore what we might do to further support the development of Banff and Macduff in the next few years.

The Agenda

7:00pm – Welcome and Review of 2015 Coast Festival

7:15pm – Discussion – What went well? What could we do to improve the weekend in future?

7:50pm – Tea and Coffee

8:05pm – Discussion session –  ‘The Future of Coast’ 

Topics under consideration will include –

  • How can we support regeneration?
  • Planning for financial stability
  • Securing the Festival workforce
  • Productive partnerships
  • Additional arts events
  • A physical base
  • A year-round presence

8:50pm – summing up

9:00pm Close

We have lots of evidence that people think the festival is a good thing – If you have enjoyed your involvement, have ideas for next year’s event or ways in which we can work in a broader way for Banff and Macduff, we’d love to hear from you.

Please let us know if there’s someone else you think should specifically be invited.

with best wishes,

Alison Chairman, Coast Festival

Supported by


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Lighted Rooms Opening Mon, 18 May 2015 11:24:28 +0000 Artworks by 6 artists:

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

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Spotlight on Macduff for COAST 2015 Tue, 12 May 2015 16:46:44 +0000 macduff

The town of Macduff is hosting many of the attractions for COAST Festival this year.  Have a look at our brochure for full details of all these events, but here’s a glimpse!

Visit Macduff Marine Aquarium for a fun drop-in craft activity where you can upcycle a glass jar or bowl to create fishy themed tissue paper lanterns.  Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

“Book Bug” rhyme and story-time sessions on Saturday at 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm at Macduff Library.

Take a trip up to Harley’s where there’s lots going on including children’s colouring competitions and Guarana Street Band.

Macduff Farmers Market will be open on Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm.  As well as the usual local businesses and producers, there is also going to be a Bouncy Castle and ‘kids corner’ activities.

Again, Friends of Tarlair Pool invite you to spend Sunday afternoon at the A-Listed Art Deco Style open-air swimming pool.  Guarana Street Band will be there as well as a refreshment tent.



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Musicians & Performers! We want you! Mon, 11 May 2015 18:55:43 +0000 Deveron FM Live Lounge

There are still slots available for performers at Deveron FM’s Live Lounge which will be open on Saturday 23rd May and Sunday 24th May 11am – 4pm.  20 minute sessions will be filled by local musicians, poets and performers in a new venue for this year’s festival.  If 20 minutes is too long, then that’s fine!  We’d love to hear you do just one song if that’s what you’ve got!

If you would like to take part please email

or download a form here

Deveron FM is on Battery Green, Banff.  Comfy seats and Tea & Coffee also available!

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There are still opportunities to support COAST 2015 Mon, 11 May 2015 12:20:07 +0000 volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to ensure events run smoothly over the weekend of 23rd and 24th May 2015. There are a variety of jobs to be done including giving out information, assisting at workshops and invigilating exhibitions.

If anyone would like to support the festival by giving up just a couple of hours of their time, please contact:


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New Works Exhibition at Paterson’s Loft, School Lane, Macduff Sat, 09 May 2015 15:49:30 +0000 macduff map

We are especially pleased to be supporting two young artists who have grown up on the Banffshire coast – Isaac Jackson in Sandend and Ailsa Sutcliffe in Fochabers.  Both artists graduated in 2014, Isaac from University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Ailsa from Glasgow School of Art.

Isaac Jackson; “Synaesthesia allowed me to make these prints – each one a glimpse of the mental quirk which lets me see each sense and experience as clearly as you can see your toes.”

Ailsa’s most recent project forms a playful continuation of the colourful lives of museums and their collections, making the mysterious known and the known unbelievable for those too afraid to ask.

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Banff Castle at COAST 2015 Fri, 08 May 2015 16:54:14 +0000 Banff Castle pic

Yet again, Banff Castle will be a main attraction for visitors to COAST 2015.  The Castle will be hosting artists Alison Simpson, Aminder Virdee, Shaun Fraser and local artists who form “Banff Art Club”.  Sarah Jamieson is based upstairs at The Kelpie Cafe, not only exhibiting her work, but also offering “Drawing from Nature” Workshops.  The East Pavilion is being transformed into a Camera Obscura by Amy Davenport and the exterior of the main building will be lit up by John McGeoch of “Arts in Motion”.  On Saturday there will be a marquee in the grounds which will host a ‘community get-together’, organised by Banff Rotary Club.  Here you will be able to meet lots of local community groups and see the results of the Community Workshops with Ariel Killick that will have taken place in the two weeks leading up to the festival.  The marquee will host an ‘Open Mic’ event on the Sunday.  The Banff Castle Pipe Band will also be making appearances over the weekend.

Why not time your visit to the Castle to go and relax at The Kelpie Cafe for your flycup or lunch.  They’ll be open on Saturday from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm serving lots of delicious home-baking.  And don’t leave the grounds without popping into “Clutterhound Vintage & Frox” who are in the Gatehouse.  Normally open Thursday to Saturday 11am – 4pm but will have an additional opening for COAST Festival on Sunday 24th May.

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Metalwork Sculptures Wed, 06 May 2015 20:12:54 +0000 kev paxton

Kev Paxton is a Scottish Architectural Metalwork Artist based in Edinburgh.  His biggest influence is his love for nature and finds that Scotland herself has been a very generous muse…  Most of his works are steel although sometimes they are combined with wood, rocks, driftwood or other metals such as Aluminium, Copper and Brass.  Everything Kev does comes from vision, and never from drawings, hence most pieces are unique – however he was recently commissioned to produce 175 Highland Cows for the Royal Highland Society’s 175th Anniversary.  We are very pleased to be showing one of these RHS Highland Cows, along with other works including sunflowers, peacocks and a sundial.  Look out for them at venues across the festival!

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