Brought to you by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival, Nuart Aberdeen will see 11 international street artists descend on The Granite City this April.Developed in collaboration with Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, Nuart Aberdeen will provide a platform for local, national and international artists to showcase their work through a series of site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions.
The festival takes place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April (Easter Weekend) and will be supplemented by a program of talks, presentations, film screenings, walking tours and workshops over three days.
Leading the line-up is Scottish-born artist and Venice Biennale participant Robert Montgomery, who just this week was quoted at the prestigious BAFTA Awards ceremony by UK national treasure Stephen Fry.
German duo Herakut, widely regarded as leading lights of the global street art movement, will furnish an Aberdeen landmark with a large-scale mural in their inimitable style, while French artist and filmmaker Julien de Casabianca brings his participatory art project, Outings, to the city. In collaboration with children from four local schools, De Casabianca will embellish the streets with characters plucked from the archives of the Aberdeen Art Gallery (which is currently closed for renovation until winter 2017).
In Aberdeen’s year of ‘History, Heritage and Archaeology’, Nuart Aberdeen seeks to reveal how Street Art can create an environment for a more imaginative use of public space, something Nuart has been dedicated to realising since its inception in 2001.
Jasmin Siddiqui and Falk Lehmann (Herakut):
“It´s been ten years since we first worked with Martyn Reed and the wonderful Nuart crew, and we returned to Stavanger a second time for Nuart 2011, which was another great experience. When we learned that the festival was moving abroad to Aberdeen, we knew we had to be involved for two reasons: the special way that Nuart is run and then of course, Aberdeen! We have never been ourselves but from what we’ve heard it sounds like we´ll love it.
We better make sure to leave something nice on the awesome wall the Aberdeen team has found for us. Lots of pressure on us now!”
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired:
“We are hugely excited to be bringing an art festival of this scale and stature to Aberdeen. Nuart is hugely popular in its Stavanger birthplace and it is a huge coup for us to be holding it in our city.
“It is an honour to announce the first three incredibly talented and thought provoking artists that will be taking part in the festival. We are delighted that Julian de Casabianca, Robert Montgomery and Herakut will leave their artistic footprint in Aberdeen and look forward to announcing more names and additions in due course.
“Nuart is an ambitious project and we are sure it will be embraced by the north-east public. We want to encourage community engagement, make art accessible to all and create talking points in the city, as well as, of course, brightening up neglected spaces in the city centre.
“We can’t wait to see what creations will be devised by both our international and local artists and the part Nuart will play in challenging the perceptions of street art. Both the Nuart Festival team and representatives from Aberdeen Inspired have been working incredibly hard on this and we are looking forward to seeing it come to life on walls throughout the heart of Aberdeen.”
More artist announcements will be made over the coming weeks.
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