Aberdeen Inspired is to be recognised for the street art festival it developed in collaboration with Aberdeen City Council.
The organisation, which represents city centre businesses, will receive an International Downtown Association’s Award of Excellence later this month for Nuart Aberdeen 2018.
Nuart scooped the award in the category of Events and Programming.
Every April artists from around the world use Aberdeen’s city centre walls and buildings as their canvas for street art murals and art installations.
Adrian Watson, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Winning the IDA Global Achievement Award of Excellence confirms Nuart Aberdeen’s place as a transformational festival and recognises the huge amount of work that goes in to make it possible.
“This is a truly international award which places the festival on a world stage which we hope will serve as an inspiration to the city, the wider north-east and indeed the country.”
Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Lain, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that the festival, our partners and city has been recognised by the IDA with this latest accolade.
“As a delivery partner, we are incredibly proud of what the festival has done to change the way we look at our surroundings and has helped to show Aberdeen as a vibrant, diverse, confident and forward-thinking place.”
Chris Foy, Chief Executive of destination marketing organization Visit Aberdeenshire, said: “This festival goes well beyond adding a new dimension to Aberdeen’s iconic skyline – it wows, surprises, and raises smiles among locals and visitors alike.”
Nuart was brought to Aberdeen by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival.
Martyn Reed, Festival Curator and Director, said: “To see Aberdeen Inspired rewarded by an IDA Award of Excellence for their foresight, not to mention the trust given in handing over their city centre to artists, is hugely gratifying.
“They’ve co-created and supported an event that has the potential to create not just great art, but artists too; a process that traditionally takes decades.”
The award will be presented at the 64th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in San Antonio, Texas.
IDA – founded in 1954 and based in Washinton DC – is an organisation for urban place professionals.
David Downey, IDA President and CEO, said: “The project received the IDA Award of Excellence for uniquely implementing best practice in urban place management.
“Nuart Aberdeen is a shining example of excellent urban place management delivering real value to the city and an exemplary response to a community challenge.”
Nuart Aberdeen 2019 will take place from 18-21 April.
All pictures by Brian Tallman Photography