• The Future of COAST, or not, meeting

    The Future of COAST, or not, meeting

    ‘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.
  • ‘Burning the Light’ – Banff 2016

    ‘Burning the Light’ – Banff 2016

    ‘Burning the Light’ – Banff 2016 – Sound and Light show Returns to Castle for a Final Flourish.
    On 26th November Coast Festival will present a very special free arts event in Banff. During the Coast festival weekend last year, an animated sound and light show was projected onto the outside of Banff Castle as a celebration of the 2015 International Year of Light. The original piece, created by renowned video installation artist John McGeoch, was commissioned with funding from Aberdeenshire Council and featured the work of local artists, music and poetry interwoven with footage of the land and seascape. An animated ‘skin’ wound its way over the surface of Banff Castle, making the appearance of the building shift and change.
    Acting Coast Chair, Hazel Weeks, said “The screening got a lot of attention on social media at the time but had to be shown late in the evening, so many people,
    particularly families with young children, missed out on seeing it. We promised last year that we would bring this event back for another showing and the perfect opportunity has come as a number of other events take place in Banff on the last weekend in November.”
    Coast has commissioned John McGeoch to create a fitting finale to the original epic video projection, to be driven by sound, music, images and artwork but this time coming from artists and local school children. The inspiration for this new work called ‘Burning the Light’ has come from The Treasures of Historic Banffshire exhibition currently on at Duff House which includes the ceremonial Pictish trumpet, known as the Deskford Carnyx. Coast committee member, Rachel Kennedy, adds “ ‘Burning the Light’ refers to the ancient practice of lighting fires to conquer the long winter nights, but it’s also apt because we’re putting our last reserves into this event and saying goodbye to the Coast Festival with the end of the year. We’ve had some wonderful times and some
    great achievements with this annual event and hope that we have added something to the creative life of this wonderful area. As the community has always been at the core of what we were trying to achieve we want to invite you to join us for one last time – please come along and help Coast to go out with a flourish.”
    Date: 26th November 2016.
    When and Where

    The ‘Walk of the Carnyx’ will start at 5:00 pm at Low Street, Banff and finish with a short musical performance at Banff Castle at around 5:20 pm
    ‘Burning the Light’ will be shown at 5:30pm and 7:30pm, Banff Castle.
    Each show lasts 50 minutes.
    Refreshments will be available to purchase on site during both performances.
    Contact for ‘Burning the Light’:
    Alison Simpson, Coast Festival Project Co-ordinator
    Links for further information:
    John McGeoch – ArtsinMotion

  • Joyce W Cairns RSA, Pocra Quay Girls Studio of the artist


    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

  • Minutes from meeting of May 31.

    Minutes from meeting of May 31.

    meetingminutesMay31 Downloadable pdf file for your information.

  • Minutes from COAST meeting May 11.

    Minutes from COAST meeting May 11.

    meetingminutesMay11 Dowloadable PDF file.

  • Writing Fringe  Sunday 22nd May from 2pm at Banff Castle

    Writing Fringe Sunday 22nd May from 2pm at Banff Castle

    In celebration of North East Writers,
    past and present,
    DAFT Writing Group present:

    Jen Cooper, Shane Strachan, Alison Lumsden and Wayne Price.
    Writing Fringe: part of the Coastal Fringe 2016

    Sunday 22 May from 2pm

    DAFT Writing presents a programme of workshops and readings celebrating north east writing talent.

    Join us on Sunday 22 May ,kelpieUpstairs At The Kelpie, Banff Castle, Banff.

    DAFT Writers & Friends are invited to take part in a lightning strike Writing Workshop lead by Wayne Price – be prepared to work!
    From 2pm – 2.45pm
    Entry By Donation

    Headliners Preview 
    Aberdeen May Festival Headliners can be seen first at Banff Castle.
    From 3pm,
    Entry By Donation


    • Alison Lumsden, poet and senior lecturer at Aberdeen University, will talk about 20th century north-east writers including Shepherd and Gibbon: illustrating the traditions new writers of the region draw on today.







    • Shane Strachan, Peterhead fiction writer focussing on north-east fishing communities, featuring Doric dialect. His work has been published widely and his drama staged in Aberdeen.








    • Jen Cooper, Aberdeen poet and winner of Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2016. Her poems have been published in several literary magazines including
      The Rialto, Ambit, New Writing Scotland and Envoi.





    • Wayne Price, Aberdeen poet, fiction writer and winner of Scottish Book Trust New Writer Award 2011 is Co-Director of the WORD Centre for Creative Writing. His work is widely published and his poetry pamphlet Fossil Record was selected for the Laureate’s Choice series 2015 by Carol Ann Duffy.




    Question & Answer session
    Got a burning question you want to ask the panel of writers? Hang around for the Q&A. Chat about writing influences and experiences,

    This event is supported by Aberdeenshire Council’s Towns’ Regeneration Scheme

  • COASTAL FRINGE PRESENTS – At BANFF CASTLE, Sat May 28 and Sun May 29, 10 am – 4pm.

    COASTAL FRINGE PRESENTS – At BANFF CASTLE, Sat May 28 and Sun May 29, 10 am – 4pm.


    Sat & Sun Events

    Banff Art Club Exhibition & Sale – Top Floor of Castle

    Banffshire Journal Photographic Exhibition

    Curtiss & Clementine Vintage & Craft Fair

    Banff Academy Art & Design Exhibition & Music

    The Deesidedly Tasty Food Company- Hog Roast & More

    The Banff Castle Pipe Band. Banff Photographic Club


    Banff Preservation Society-Walking the Marches 10.30 am

    Rifle Club Car Boot & Plant Sale 10 -12am

    Deveron FM. Other events-Duff House & Harvest Centre

    Imagine at 27, Low St – Beautiful Local Arts & Crafts


    Enable Car Boot Sale 10-3pm

    The Banffie Pet Portraits – Your own pet photo shoot!

    Guide Dogs for the Blind

    Bellevue Vets

    The Owl & Pussycat Animal Sanctuary 12-3pm

    Fire Service, Grampian Police

    Music – Individual artists and more……

  • COAST committee meeting March 30th 2016

    COAST committee meeting March 30th 2016

    Downloadable pdf of meetingminutesMar30