Brought to you by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival, Nuart Aberdeen will see 11 international street artists descend on The Granite City this April.
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 takes place from Friday 14 – Sunday 16 April (Easter Weekend) and will 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 just this week was 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. More artist announcements will be made over the coming weeks. We re proud to be media partner and for more information and daily updates visit: Website | Instagram | Facebook
“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)
Herakut is a symbiosis of the aliases Hera and Akut, two artists from Frankfurt and Erfurt, Germany, who joined forces in 2004. Their creative process, which involves each artist improvising on top of the other, results in heavily stylized artworks that are both sensual and savage.
Heavily narrative-based, Herakut depict imaginary worlds inhabited by a variety of characters and creatures. The contrast between Akut’s painstaking photorealisism and Hera’s more expressive approach often brings about a frenzied aesthetic to their finished pieces.
The duo has exhibited in galleries around the world and their artworks can be found in Toronto, Kathmandu, San Francisco, Melbourne among other cities.
Julien de Casabianca is a visual artist, filmmaker and founder of the Outings Project, which has involved him embellishing streets around the world with portraits of characters plucked from classical paintings.
What began as a prank upon seeing Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’s portrait of Mademoiselle Caroline Rivière at the Louvre (“I wanted to help her get out, like Prince Charming trying to rescue the girl in the museum castle” says de Casabianca) has
evolved into a full-time mission to merge the perceptions of canonical and street art, all while punctuating neglected spaces with images of beauty.
Each individual appears as if liberated from their institutional home, thus highlighting the strategies employed by street artists in the democratization of art and questioning the received authority of the museum.
Robert Montgomery has been called a vandal, a street artist, a post-Situationist, a punk artist and the ‘poets Banksy’. He follows a tradition of conceptual art and is noticeable for bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Poetic texts form the basis of his wheatpaste artworks, murals, light pieces (recycled sunlight poems), woodcuts and watercolours.
Montgomery showed at the 2011 Venice Biennale and was selected to represent the UK at the first biennale in India – The Kochi-Muziris Biennale – in December 2012. He has also had solo exhibitions at venues in Europe and in Asia, including major outdoor light installations on the site of the old US Air Force base at Tempelhof. The first monograph of his work was published by Distanz, Berlin in 2015.
Originally from Scotland, Montgomery studied at Edinburgh College of Art and then in the core program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He has lived in London since 1999.
Aberdeen Inspired is the banner under which the Aberdeen BID (Business Improvement District) operates. It is a business-led initiative within the city centre in which levy payers within the BID zone contribute.
Proceeds are used to fund projects designed to improve the business district. More information on the work of Aberdeen Inspired is available at ww.aberdeeninspired.com