30th October 2014

Next month we will be holding CLAY SESSIONS and the details are here…



In November we will be holding clay workshops (ideal for festive gift making!), booking is required and

spaces are limited. £15 per person includes 1 clay session, 1 glazing session and firing of your work.


Clay – Wed 5th Nov 1:30pm – 4pm or Sun 9th Nov 1pm – 3:30pm

Glazing work – Wed 19th Nov 1:30pm – 4pm or Sun 23rd Nov 1pm – 3:30pm

To request a space, please message us on facebook, email or contact 07986 970063.



Current Exhibition…




7th May 2014

Coming soon!


Join us on the 16th of May at 5pm for the launch of Beyond, a show of unseen 2D work by local artist Garry Brown.

6th March 2014

Just now in Diaosu we have 4 paintings by Gearaidh Mac Griogair who advocates the use of “techno” colours in his abstract paintings and graduated from DoJ in 2009.  As a previous resident of our area Gearaidh visited us and later brought in some of his artwork.


28th February 2014

On the 14th of March we are holding an afternoon exhibition showcasing work made during a project with tenants from sheltered housing within the Hilltown, Dundee.  The work will be available to view during 1pm to 4pm on that date.  The exhibition will remain in Diaosu during the 15th of March when we are holding our afternoon of crafts for the Dundee Women’s Festival.  See our Dundee Women’s Festival 2014 page listed above for further details of how you can get involved.



2nd October 2013

Well, we have taken a little while to complete a summary of our activity between July 2012 to August 2013.  It is now available to view and read.  It is very much a summary and it helps us see how our plans have developed and plan our next steps.  Feel free to read it here, ask questions or contact us to see how you can make use of our opportunities.


27th September 2013

Opening tonight!  Land // Marks, exhibition of paintings by Jaynie Topping.




16th August 2013

Our 3 day children’s festival was successful!  So many visitors came along to our underwater space for paper crafts and the afternoon activities.  A total of 24 children came just to our Summer Parties over the 3 days to play games, build with clay and receive a bespoke creative party bag.  Looking forward to next year!


22nd July 2013

We are almost ready for our mini summer festival for children starting tomorrow and this is our full activity schedule…





15th July 2013

Next week we will be holding a mini festival for children in 209 Hilltown.  Diaosu will be transformed shortly with an underwater theme.  You can join us for free activities throughout the day or book your child onto one of our Summer Parties 1pm -3pm, £6 per child for games, working with clay and a unique party bag.



15th May 2013

This has not been updated for a little while!  We were preoccupied with our work on Project 209 which has it’s on pages on our website, continuing with projects for other organisations, developing an online shop, meeting with Shona Robison and planning out a new schedule for activity!

Next up however, we are pleased to be holding an exhibition of work by local ceramicist Rose Head.  This will be coinciding with an introduction to ceramics class held on 25th May.  There are limited spaces for this class.  For more details see


28th November 2012

Wow, time has passed quickly since our last post! We have been busy mostly with our 209 Awards for All funded project, Martin Hill’s oil painting classes, providing work for Pure Media UK and working with a group from Abertay Sheltered Housing. We are very soon to start providing work experience for a 5th year pupil in secondary school and are working hard at preparing artwork which we will add to our online shop soon.

On 1st and 2nd December 2012 (this weekend!), we will be holding our Places exhibition and Open Days for those aged 16 to 25. This is provided as part of our Awards for All funded project 209 and we will have a selection of our resources available to try out. There will be a variety of artists attending who will make their own things and share knowledge. Places is an exhibition of travel photography and mixes artwork by artists and local young people using photography, photograms and representations of local landmarks on shrink plastic. If you are interested in attending our Open Days let us know by calling 07948 336234 or emailing us at

18th September 2012

Check out this photo of our new heater! We were fortunate to receive funding from the People’s Postcode Trust to buy 2 energy efficient heaters from Green Energy (Eu). People’s Postcode Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. Our project received £1957.20 from the Trust for energy efficient heaters. Their website address is and find out how to play the postcode lottery, and thus support more charities at We are very grateful for this funding as it allows us to purchase Redwell Heaters from Green Energy (Eu) and enable us to reduce our carbon footprint while maintaining a comfortable and warm environment for the families, young people and older people that participate in our activities.

5th September 2012

It has been almost a month since our last update! We have just finished providing a 6 week project working with clay within a residential facility in our area. This was funded by the Scottish Community Foundation and it was very much enjoyed!

We have also been getting under way with sessions for S3/S4 aged young people and working towards our Awards for All funded 209 exhibition ‘Empty Spaces’, 5th to 7th October. That will feature the work of Martin Hill and also work by local artists and young people. Some of the art displayed will relate to the Derby Street multis due to be taken down soon as we were in Butterburn court earlier this year for painting and photography after everyone had moved out. Martin will also be holding oil painting classes following the exhibition and we will post details for those soon.

7th August 2012

This Saturday we will be hosting a Craft Day where anyone can join us and work together on individual projects. If you would like to come along please feel free to email us at to secure a place. We will also have some pottery painting available. It will be nice to see you there!

27th July 2012

Swap Shop is almost finished! We have one day left of the exhibition and workshops week. Tomorrow we will be taking part in the Annual Fun Day based in Hilltown Park. We will be providing pottery painting activities and finger puppet making! Very excited!

We had sessions making finger puppets with families and sessions aimed at 16 to 24yr olds making plaster casts and photograms. Thank you to all that dropped in and anyone who is still keen to see the exhibition can visit us tomorrow!

Also, we have been added to The Blackford Trust’s website as they are providing us support for developing our youth programme. We are hugely grateful for this support! Our page link on their website can be found at

17th July 2012

Next Week: 23rd to 28th July! Swap Shop exhibition and drop in workshops. Feel free to visit us!

18th June 2012

We have almost completed our first year in 209 Hilltown and we felt this was a good time to look back over the past year and write an evaluation. Please feel free to read our ‘what’s next and end of year evaluation’ PDF here.

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11th May 2012

Ayron Donald was interviewed by The Dundee Channel during his exhibition launch night on 27th April and you can see the interview on The Dundee Channel blog page or on their facebook page.

2nd April 2012

Suzanne Scott’s weaving workshop on the 30th of March was interesting and a very relaxing way to spend a friday night! During the workshop we were also given a wool spinning demonstration. Suzanne’s work is slowly being taken down from our walls and Ayron is beginning his month of origami! We hope you will get involved with our 1000 origami cranes project!

28th March 2012

During April, Ayron Donald is our artist in residence. He will be working on origami for his exhibition at the end of April and then heading back to Switzerland. Ayron will be in Diaosu space at various points during the weeks and you can join us in making an art piece of 1000 origami cranes. These will be hung up as part of his exhibition. There are 2 workshops, one for children (12th/13th april) and another one during the exhibition weekend. If you would like to book a space please email us at

19th March 2012

On thursday the 15th March, our kiln was delivered to 209 Hilltown. This kiln was supported by the Scottish Community Foundation and we are grateful to them for making it possible to have a community access kiln at our base.
The kiln is in the process of being wired in and will soon be up and running. We will be carrying out community sessions using clay however, if you are an artist and have an interest in using the kiln please get in touch. Email

9th March 2012

During the Diaosu Ltd Craft Day on saturday as part of the Dundee Women’s Festival we are hosting an exhibition by Whimsical Lush. Suzanne Scott of Whimsical Lush is a local artist and our most regular darkroom user! Tonight (friday) there will be a preview of her work 8pm to 10pm. Please feel free to attend.
See for further details of Suzanne’s work or find her on facebook.

Suzanne will be carrying out a workshop at the end of March which we will give details of soon.

5th March 2012

Adam Varjavandi from Chinaberry ( did a chinese calligraphy session on 16th February. This was following our trip to Butterburn Court to create artwork. We will display this later in the year. Many thanks to Dundee City Council for allowing us access.

Coming up we have the Dundee Women’s Festival and you can see our page for the festival with further information. During the Craft Day we will have an exhibition by Whimsical Lush who will be doing a workshop later in the month…

WE HAVE PURCHASED A KILN. We have the Scottish Community Foundation to thank for funding this community resource. We will be receiving it soon and look forward to more projects!

13th February 2012

On Thursday 16th February 2012 at 2pm, we are hosting a Calligraphy session by Adam Varjavandi. Adam is the Programme Manager of Chinaberry which is “a Chinese cultural exchange programme delivered in Xi’an city, Shaanxi Province, in the heart of China. We take people through a programme of Chinese language, culture, history and more…”.

Adam is currently in Scotland to promote the exchange programme and we are pleased to have him visiting us at 209 Hilltown to offer this free workshop. If you are interested in booking a place, please email us at

15th December 2011

We have been busy since our last update with Changing Faces of Hilltown where we are working with a young person who is creating artwork with plans for an exhibition in February 2012, Diamonds in the Dark. We have also had the opportunity to submit some photos from our Bird’s Eye View exhibition for a book that will be published next year. We are pleased to be able to promote the shops and shopkeepers that will feature as part of that and they are happy to be involved.

As part of the Women’s Festival 2012, we hope to host a paper cutting demonstration by the Chinese Arts and Cultural Centre in Glasgow, Ricefield. Details will follow next year.

We are planning for a children’s craft session during January that will lead up to the Festival of Lights that Pure Media UK is organising. So far, it is planned for 28th January 2012. We are creating a light sculpture. We are making this during our sessions which are being provided for children from the local polish community.

We have set up a shop page on this website, which went online today. The items sold are made within 209 Hilltown and are being used to fund projects, currently towards the cost of a volunteer opportunity in South Africa for Carrie, with Pure Media UK (our neighbours).

There are sooo many plans for the new year (and beyond) which we are happily attempting to make a reality…

…for now, however, we wish you a happy christmas!!

8th November 2011

Thank you to those who joined us for the launch of our Bird’s Eye View exhibition. We will continue to have the photos up so please feel free to drop by if you missed it, or email us to request a viewing.

We have also been working on plans to be part of the Women’s Festival next year. Watch this space for further details.

5th October 2011

Join us on 14th October 2011 for the launch of our exhibition, Bird’s Eye View. We have been taking photographs up and down Hilltown in and around the local shops. The exhibition showcases these local businesses. It has been a real pleasure to meet and chat with our neighbours.

6th September 2011

Photos from the launch night can be found at Photos were taken by Michael Lambert.

We have been busy in our space at 209 Hilltown. Passer-bys have been dropping in to see what we are about and chat. At the moment we are working on a project called Changing Faces of Hilltown, which we do as a partnership with Pure Media UK. We are engaging with the local community and working towards exhbitions throughout the year. The first one, Bird’s Eye View, for this project will be launching 14th October at 7pm. This will be photography taken during our time interviewing local shop keepers. We have been collecting memories of the area and taking photos within the shops. If anyone would like to get involved in darkroom activities leading up to the exhibition, email us at

We are also building up a plan of exhibitions/workshops for the next two years, if you are interested in becoming part of the plan, email us!


19th July 2011

Launch night was a success, thanks to all who got involved and left contact details for future participation!

13th July 2011

Launch night is set for 18th July 2011, next week!! Music during the launch will be provided by DJ Duncan Destruct (Fever).

Also, Urban Chillax galleries are up and running. Please contact for access to the younger aged category photographs. Many thanks!

17th June 2011

WE HAVE KEYS!!! Now to get sleeves up and get back to sorting our space, located at 209 Hilltown, Dundee. We will be preparing the shop for use of the darkroom and other resources. Launch night in a few weeks, date to be confirmed…

14th June 2011

Diaosu Limited is a new company registered in March 2011. Time has flown by since then as we have focused on acquiring a shop space and resources in order to be ready for up and coming projects. Amazingly though, we have found a space and are waiting patiently for the keys!

Diaosu Ltd has recently been honoured to be involved with the Urban Chillax by providing a photography team to document the day. We worked with an amazing group of local photographers including, Drew Cunningham, Scott Baxter, Thomas Sykes, Michael Lambert, Gareth King, Sam Manson, Suzanne Scott and Duncan Gourlay. Currently the galleries are being finalised and they will be available online very, very, very soon!

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