The internationally renowned and Stavanger-based Nuart Festival, announced recently a new chapter with their newest and upcoming project, Nuart Aberdeen.
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 will take place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April (Easter Weekend) and will, as usual, 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 was recently 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. But who better than the artists themselves to highlight the importance of Nuart’s concept?
“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!” – Jasmin Siddiqui and Falk Lehmann – (Herakut)
More artist are expected to be announced over the coming weeks, and it is already becoming pretty exciting.
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