Nuart Aberdeen’s first confirmed artist has already visited Aberdeen to explore the historic archives at Aberdeen City Council.
A self-titled ‘craftivist’ Carrie Reichardt has been involved in community and public art projects for over 15 years, designing and consulting on large-scale mosaic murals in various local communities with powerful messaging. Carrie has produced a community mosaic in Miravalle, one of the most deprived districts on the fringes of Mexico City, as well as designed and installed ‘The Art of Recycling’ at Harold Hill Library, Essex, and ‘The Revolution will be Ceramicsed’ in London Portobello.
In 2018, she finally finished transforming her west London home into a giant mosaic mural – a process that took twenty years and tens of thousands of tiles to complete.
Some of the oldest and most complete set of records of any Scottish urban settlement are available within the Aberdeen city archives, which have been recognised by UNESCO for their outstanding historical importance to the UK. Carrie, currently artist-in-residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, took time out of her busy schedule to seek out inspiring stories stored within the collection.
From the artist:
“I’m honoured to be one of the first invited artists to take part in Nuart Aberdeen 2018. This will be my first visit to Aberdeen and I can’t wait to explore the archives to find out more about the city’s rich heritage. I always try to work site specifically – with a focus on people’s history – to shine a light on the stories that for one reason or another are forgotten over time.”
Martyn Reed, Director and Curator of Nuart said: “Most street artists produce work site-specifically but being able to draw from such a rich historical archive as this offers a wealth of ammunition for someone like Carrie. Carrie’s been making important work around social justice issues for many years and I’m sure she’ll discover many inspiring stories and artefacts from Aberdeen’s past. These stories form the fabric of the city as much as bricks and mortar do; they connect us to place across generations, and it’s this rich yet often overlooked heritage that we’ll be encouraging artists and the public alike to uncover as part of this year’s festival.”