Arts festival to use city centre as canvas

Artists from the United States, Norway, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia and Portugal will take part in Nuart, which returns to Aberdeen from April 18-21.

Globally renowned street artists Axel Void, Ememem, Ben Eine, Evol, Helen Bur, Hush, Julio Anaya Cabanding, Smug and Vhils join already announced Jan Vormann, Hama Woods, The Dotmasters and Anders Gjennestad aka Strok.

As well as painting murals on buildings, expect to see walls built of LEGO, potholes filled with Victorian tiles, and stencil techniques used to transform electric boxes, concrete planters and other utilitarian objects into pieces of art.

Inspiration for the festival’s theme has come from Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel Invisible Cities, the brief being to provoke thought about what Aberdeen means to each individual and what can be collectively imagined.

Martyn Reed, Director and Curator of Nuart, said: “We’ll be engaging locals, digging deep into Doric culture, exploring the history of local merchants, creating new experiences for pensioners, memories for kids, fun for youth and space to reflect for parents.”

Nuart Aberdeen is spearheaded by Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, with support from delivery partners Burness Paull and The McGinty’s Group.

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture spokesperson, said: “Our £300,000 funding commitment over three years underlines our support for building an innovative and vibrant events programme through our Aberdeen 365 strategy and City Centre Masterplan.”

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “Nuart is also about building a local legacy and will engage with schools, universities, our regeneration areas and beyond to share the positivity this world class street art festival brings.”