The manager of a street art festival has praised the “trust and goodwill” they’ve been shown.
James Finucane, 34, is the festival manager of Nuart, an international street festival which has transformed the walls of Aberdeen.
At the official launch of the festival yesterday at Union Plaza, in the shadow of some of the pieces, James said: “This festival takes a lot of goodwill, and a lot of trust from Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired.
“The artists are under no restrictions, so they have complete creative freedom.
“Most festivals don’t give artists that, they impose criteria.
“So the fact that we have that trust allows us to produce meaningful work that’s based on Aberdeen’s rich cultural history.”
Walls across Aberdeen have been transformed into works of art as part of the festival. One of the artists, known as Elki, has returned to the city after 13 years away.
Elki, who originally painted the piper on Jopps Lane, returned to the same wall, where he painted a new piece.
According to the artist, he chose headphones and a DJ turntable because “some of the best moments, and the best friends I met were through the underground music scene”.
He added: “It was about meeting loads of people, and I did that for them.
“Art was never a big thing in Aberdeen, so it’s brilliant that we have this now.”
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The debut festival was an overwhelming success in 2017 and we plan to build on that with everything that’s on offer this year.”