12 artists from 10 countries spanning 4 continents will descend upon Stavanger, Norway this August for the 17th edition of the world’s leading street art festival.
Site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions will be supplemented by Nuart Plus – the festival’s satellite program of academic and industry debates, artist presentations, film screenings, workshops, guided tours and more – from Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September.
Tou Scene Centre for Contemporary Arts – a former 19th century brewery-cum-multidisciplinary arts venue – will host the festival’s indoor exhibition, entitled ‘Rise Up!’, from Sunday 3 September to Sunday 15 October.
This year’s festival is dedicated to exploring ‘power’: questioning who has it, who doesn’t and how sanctioned and unsanctioned street and public art can challenge prevailing mechanisms of control.
It will attempt to tackle those grand historical narratives that until recently the arts have been in retreat from: issues of politics, space, justice, place, beauty, history and not least ‘capitalism’, a word we hear less and less of as it is replaced with the ideology of ‘culture’. Paradoxically, Nuart Festival is a recognition that culture is not always a medium of power, but can also be a mode of resistance to it.
Leading practitioners from across the spectrum of street art, activism and artivism will come together for a community driven and responsive ‘Street Art’ celebration that does not simply take art out of the context of the museum but emphasizes its potency as a catalyst for civic agency and direct participation in shaping the city we want to live in.
Exhibition opening date: Saturday 2 September at 19:00, Tou Scene Centre for Contemporary Arts
Exhibition period: Sunday 3 September – Sunday 15 October
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 12:00 to 17:00 / Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 to 16:00 Closed Monday and Tuesday
Entrance fee: 80kr adults/50kr concessions
Tickets available from: www.ticketco.no
For more information, please visit: www.nuartfestival.no
The theme for this year’s festival is ‘POWER’ – who has it, who doesn’t and how street art can challenge established mechanisms of control.
The ‘real’ power of street art if you like, with our line-up leaning heavily towards activism and artivism as much as ‘street art’ per se:
Bahia Shehab (EG)
Carrie Reichardt (UK)
Ian Strange (AU)
John Fekner (US)
Know Hope (IL)
Igor Ponosov (RU)
Ricky Lee Gordon (ZA)
Slava Ptrk (RU)
+ flyingleaps presents Derek Mawudoku (UK)