Nuart Aberdeen officially kicked off this weekend. Following a successful launch with its first edition in 2017, Nuart just returned to sunny Aberdeen where the four-day festival saw international, national and local artists reveal their latest artworks around the city centre. Some of the spots include the Green, Union Row, Holburn Junction, Jopps Lane and Willowbank. The festival was delivered by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Nuart Festival and Aberdeen City Council.
Nuart Aberdeen’s public opening was held at The Green last Saturday, featuring live music and performances attracting thousands of visitors to the city with engaging workshops, walking tours, screenings and talks and debates with the intervention from renowned American culture critic and curator Carlo McCormick.
The theme for this year’s Nuart Aberdeen revolved around the concept ‘A Revolution of the Ordinary’: a look at the parallel world of non-institutional art and culture; an attempt to normalise and reclaim art as an everyday practice and experience. Nuart Aberdeen takes a proactive stance in the democratization of art, not only through access and engagement but in the production of public art itself. It aims to act as a catalyst for individual and community development, agency and positive change.
In parallel to the engaging program walls around Aberdeen city center have been transformed for the Nuart Aberdeen Festival. This year’s line up included 13 artists all painting on the street and paying tribute to the Granite city history. The line up includes Bordalo II, Bortusk Leer, Carrie Reichardt, Dr. D, Elki, Ernest Zacharevic, Glöbel Bros., Hyuro, Milu Correch, Nimi & RH74, Phlegm, and Snik.
Artists such as Bordalo II created his installation representing a unicorn , a Scottish symbol. Next to this piece you can also find one of two new murals by Argentinian artist Milu Correch.
Bortusk Leer took over St Nicolas Centre Rooftop Garden with his signature monsters and also presented a public art project where both children and adult could create their own street pieces.
Artist Carrie Reichardt created different ceramic artworks around the city centre and spent time mentoring youngsters about her technique while she revealed her community mural at Rennie’s Wynd. She created a piece of permanent public art to highlight Amnesty International’s project in support of women human rights defenders in the UK – Suffragette Spirit.
Bristish artist Phlegm completed a mural located on Union Street and inspired from Rubislaw Quarry. Ernest Zacharevic from Lithuania completed one of the largest mural on the side of an office block while Glöbel Brothers worked on the Country Ways wall.
Today we share some photos of the participating artists progressing on their works and transforming the city for the Nuart Aberdeen Festival. We will soon be sharing more news about the Festival including artists interviews. A massive thank to Martyn , James and Marisa and the all NuArt Team for such a great event!
Coverage and photos by Julie