9 things worth knowing about Nuart Aberdeen

The incredible street art festival Nuart arrives in Aberdeen from 12-15 April attracting visitors and locals alike in their thousands to see the incredible street artwork being created and displayed throughout Aberdeen's city centre streets.

Here's nine things you may not know about Nuart Aberdeen:

1. Nuart began in Stavanger, Norway in 2001 and has grown in to the world's leading celebration of street art. The annual event will celebrate its 17th anniversary this year.

Nuart Aberdeen 2017 3 2. The team behind the Stavanger festival, developed the idea for Nuart Aberdeen in collaboration with Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council.

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3. Last year's three day festival featured a series of installations, exhibitions and murals, many of which you can still see today. Explore Aberdeen city and see the 11 paintings located through the centre (see map below) - a great way to see a different side to Aberdeen.

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4. In the inaugural year Nuart Aberdeen won four national awards.

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5. Two pieces of the work from the festival were ranked among the top 15 street-art-works in the world by Brooklyn Street Art.

Julien de Casabianca's piece on the East Green placed at number five:

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'Add Fuel', which can be seen from Union Street Bridge, placed at number 14:

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6. The first confirmed artist for Nuart Aberdeen 2018 is Carrie Reichardt. Since the announcement Reichardt has explored Aberdeen's historic archives, so expect to see a stunning installation with a local twist.

7. The second participating artist for Nuart Aberdeen 2018 are The Globel Brothers - Ciaran Globel and Conzo Throb. The Glasgow-based duo will be hosting a sign painting workshop on Saturday 14th April.

8. Nuart Aberdeen announced the return of Elki. During the early 2000s, Elki's work began appearing in the city centre, similar to how Banksy began. The bagpiper stencil on Jopps Lane is one such piece from Elki. We're excited to see how his style has evolved over the past 15-years and what he will bring to Nuart Aberdeen 2018.

Bag Piper stencil by Elki

9. The full roster of artists participating in the festival has been announced: Bortusk Leer (UK), Carrie Reichardt (UK), Dr.D (UK), Elki (UK), Globel Brothers (UK), Phlegm (UK), Snik (UK), Bordalo II (Portugal), Ernest Zachareiv (Lithuania), Hyuro (Argentina), Milu Correch (Argentina), Nimi & RH74 (Norway).

Here are some of their previous work from outwith Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire:

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King Barras by Conzo and Gobel


 For more information about the visual arts festival click here.


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