The organisers of an award-winning street art festival have unveiled their programme of events.
Artist talks and debates, workshops for children, guided tours and a UK film premiere will all form part of Nuart Festival when it arrives in the city next month.
The Evening Express previously revealed the 12 new locations where public artworks will be created during the festival, which runs from Thursday, April 12, to Sunday, April 15.
The festival, which is delivered by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Nuart Festival and Aberdeen City Council, is now in its second year and is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the city.
This year will see Peacock Visual Artists (PVA) collaborate with Nuart for an exhibition that launches on April 12 and runs until May 5.
The display, called Inky Protest, will feature a selection of work plucked from the archives of Nuart Gallery and Peacock Visual Arts respectively, including prints by some of the world’s leading names in the street and urban art movements.
On April 12, The Anatomy Rooms play host to a lecture by esteemed author, critic, curator and walking encyclopaedia of all things New York underground, Carlo McCormick.
The Belmont Filmhouse will host a number of events throughout the festival, including an Amnesty International panel debate on the morning of April 13, focusing on women’s human rights defenders, with Somali-born refugee and women’s rights activist Amal Azzudin, Nuart artist Carrie Reichardt, Professor Sarah Pedersen from Robert Gordon University and Dr Fiona Jane Brown, founder of Hidden Aberdeen Tours.
The talk will discuss how art and activism can help raise awareness about historically overlooked events and present-day injustices.
It will take inspiration from Ms Reichardt’s soon to be produced mural on Adelphi Lane, which will honour a number of Scottish women recognised by Amnesty for their role in campaigning for various human rights causes.
Later that day, the UK premiere of Shadowman will take place at 6pm.
Introduced by Mr McCormick, the film focuses on Richard Hambleton who was a founder of the street art movement before succumbing to drugs and homelessness.
Rediscovered 20 years later, he gets a second chance to relaunch his career prior to his untimely passing in 2017.
The festival’s public opening will be held at The Green at noon on April 14.
On both Saturday and Sunday of that weekend, 90-minute walking tours of the latest street art will be provided at 1pm and 2pm.
Festival guides will take groups on a walk from Aberdeen city centre to the West End, taking in large-scale murals as well as the smaller, hidden artworks created at this year’s festival.
Chicago DJ Robert Owens, one of the pioneeers of club culture, will also fly into Aberdeen to headline the festival’s launch party at The Tunnels from 10pm on April 14.
Children and adults alike will be able to create their own chalk street art pieces, with participating Nuart artist Bortusk Leer and friends on hand to teach and guide children on their designs.
This participatory art project will take place on the St Nicholas Centre Rooftop Garden from 11am to 3pm on April 15.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Planning for Nuart Aberdeen is at an advanced stage and we’re very pleased to offer a fantastic programme of events for the festival.
“The debut festival was an overwhelming success in 2017 and we plan to build on that with everything that’s on offer this year.
“We are delighted that the workshops for local students over the festival weekend have been over-subscribed, there is clear appetite for this in the city among our young creatives.
“There will be something for all of the family and I’m sure people of all ages will be interested in the opportunities to get involved in working on street art during the festival.”
James Finucane, Nuart Aberdeen festival manager, said: “Many of our speakers have lived through the transition of graffiti and street art from the margins to the mainstream, and we’re delighted that so many leading international artists, writers and curators working with this culture will be sharing their unique insight with us as part of this year’s programme.
“We’re particularly grateful to Belmont Filmhouse, who will host our talks programme and a season of Street Art films for the second year running, including the UK Premiere of Shadowman, which has received widespread critical acclaim since its release and was New York Times’ Critic’s Pick in November 2017.”