With every festival we aim to bring a diverse range of artists to the city; artists that not only challenge the status quo but also the idea of what art is, what it represents and how we view it. Along with a host of international names we also look to Scotland, our second home, for inspiration and are delighted to include names from an emergent national scene of non-institutional art and culture on this year’s line-up.
Nuart Aberdeen 2018 artists:
Bordalo II (PT), Bortusk Leer (UK), Carrie Reichardt (UK), Dr. D (UK), Elki (UK), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Glöbel Bros. (UK), Hyuro (AR), Milu Correch (AR), Nimi & RH74 (NO), Phlegm (UK) and Snik (UK)
Leading the line-up is Bordalo II, fresh from his first US solo show at Heron Arts in San Francisco and on the week of the release of a new short documentary about his work, A Life of Waste, by Trevor Whelan and Rua Meegan. Bordalo II participated in Nuart Festival in Stavanger in 2015 and has since gone on to establish himself as one of the world’s leading street artists.
“Nuart 2015 in Stavanger was one of my first festivals and best experiences to date. It will be great to reunite with the team again after all these years. I’ve already started researching Scottish wildlife and nature, and am looking forward to producing something unique for the people of Aberdeen this April.”
Classically trained as a painter and with a degree in fine art, Lithuanian-born Ernest Zacharevic has built a strong reputation in street and ne-art circles with the emotional impact and interdisciplinary nature of his work. Recently, Zacahrevic has channeled his creative e orts into environmental and humanitarian causes with his Splash and Burn project, which aims to raise awareness about the rampant deforestation and destruction of habitat resulting from palm oil plantations in Sumatra, Indonesia. His ‘SOS’ land art installation, carved into half a kilometer of palm oil forest, was the subject of widespread media coverage in February 2018.
The Glöbel Brothers, otherwise known as Ciaran Glöbel and Conzo Throb, are a Glasgow-based duo whose public artworks revive the long and venerable tradition of sign painting. Their participation in the festival personifies this year’s theme, ‘A Revolution of the Ordinary’ (see text overleaf), and the role of street art in normalizing and reclaiming art as an everyday practice and experience. Exploring a more contemporary approach to this antiquated craft since 2013, Ciaran Glöbel is an artist and graphic designer who uses traditional signwriting tools and techniques to produce striking, hand-painted artworks. As well as painting their largest mural to date at Nuart Aberdeen, Ciaran and Conzo will also be hosting a signpainting workshop with local art and design students on Saturday 14th April.
“Conzo and I are excited to bring some colour and tongue-in-cheek humour to the Granite City. Nuart Aberdeen is a great addition to the European street-art scene and we are delighted to have been invited along to represent the native end of the artists roster.“
In collaboration with children from four local schools, ‘craftivist’ Carrie Reichardt will embellish the city streets with images and stories plucked from Aberdeen’s historic archives, recognised by UNESCO for their outstanding historical importance to the UK. Currently artist-in-residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, Carrie has already taken time out of her busy schedule to visit Aberdeen and explore the collection.
“I’m honoured to be invited to take part in Nuart Aberdeen 2018 and to find out more about Aberdeen’s rich heritage through the city’s incredible historical archives. My work is usually produced site specifically with a focus on people’s history in order to shine a light on the stories that for one reason or another are forgotten over time. I can’t wait to see the public reaction to these stories and also to work with local schoolchildren to highlight various elements of Aberdeen’s proud history.”
The theme for this year’s festival revolves around the concept “A Revolution of the Ordinary” and will investigate the parallel world of non-institutional art and culture through a program of talks and debates, film screenings, walking tours and workshops over four days.