Nuart street art festival arrives in Aberdeen

striking: an example of a Nuart mural in stavanger

One of the world’s most exciting art festivals kicks off today in Aberdeen with a weekend filled with events.

And Nuart, a free four day event which ends on Sunday, is a first for the UK.

The celebration of international contemporary street and urban art has been running in Stavanger for several years, but this is its first overseas event.

Festival manager, James Finucane, said: “It started as a sister festival to Stavanger, a scaled down version of what we do there. We’re very excited as we’ll be bringing over 11 international artists who represent the whole spectrum of street art.

“We’ll have people working on small scale pieces as well as multi-storey murals. We’re really bringing a bit of everything.

“It’s very different working in a heritage listed city centre so we’ve been lucky to get some big walls.”

The festival aims to showcase the city centre in a new, exciting way, said James.

“Aberdeen Inspired wanted to do the festival for all the right reasons. We want to help activate and inspire local artists and businesses in the area.”

With artists, such as Banksy revolutionising how individuals experience art, the event will include film screenings, workshops and a conference, as well as many art murals.

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James said: “Once we all leave, the artwork really belongs to the community. We want to amplify a platform for the voices of the people who care about the city, and hopefully an event like this will show people they have a sense of ownership of the city.”

With a strong focus on collaboration, the festival has worked alongside numerous local organisations.

James said: “We’re collaborating with the Anatomy Rooms, and doing an exciting project with Aberdeen Art Gallery, Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon’s College.”

The festival will be a showcase for 11 artists with more than 17 events.

James said: “We want to develop an outdoor gallery of international artists’ work and encourage a more liberal concept of street art in Aberdeen. We’re taking the art to the people.

“There will be large-scale murals, and some artists creating multiple smaller works too.

“The walking tours over the weekend will be really interesting and the street printing workshop will no doubt be very popular.”

The showcase of the UK premier of the documentary Saving Banksy at the Belmont Filmhouse on Saturday is set to be a festival highlight.

James said: “We’ve got lots going on over the weekend and I think the Banksy event will be hugely popular. “German artists Hera and Akut of Herakut and Fintan Magee from Australia are a must-see.”

For the full line up visit www.nuartaberdeen.co.uk.

The event is aimed at all ages and almost all of the events are free.

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