Internationally acclaimed artists will return to Aberdeen in 2018 to take part in the second year of an award-winning street art festival.
The Nuart Aberdeen festival will take place from Thursday, 12 April to Sunday, April 15 and will see a team of international, national and local artists develop their latest works on walls around the city centre.
Aberdeen City Council has approved three years of funding for a package of events, including Nuart, which are delivered or supported by Aberdeen Inspired. A total of £100,000 has been made available each year for the next three years to support events including, the Nuart Aberdeen Festival, the pro cycling Tour Series and the Great Aberdeen Run.
Earlier this year Nuart Aberdeen festival organisers hailed the overwhelming response from members of the public to the first year of the ambitious international festival. Artists from around the world showcased their talents by creating eye-catching, artistic murals around the city centre which attracted large crowds over the Easter weekend.
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “We had an overwhelmingly positive response to the festival and it was great to see so many people admiring the works since the festival in April. One of the many successes of the festival is that it has attracted visitors from other European countries as well as people from closer to home. Nuart Aberdeen truly captured the hearts and minds of the public in the north-east and way beyond. It was seen by many as ‘transformational’, on so many different levels, and of a scale and ambition that is in keeping with where this city needs to be.
The festival left a legacy in the city and with its much-anticipated return in April of next year, we hope it continues to act as a stimulus in attracting many more high calibre cultural activities to Aberdeen. This has been great illustration of what we can achieve as a team and undoubtedly helps Aberdeen City Centre’s transition to the next level, through our City Centre Masterplan.”
As well as street art, there was also an extensive festival programme of activity including walking tours, talks, presentations and art workshops. The festival artists also worked alongside local artists to create a lasting impression in the city centre by brightening up forgotten spaces with their work.
Martyn Reed, director and curator of Nuart, said: “Quite a few people have asked me, ‘how are you going to top last year’ and to be honest, I thought the same myself for a while afterwards. Our debut year showed us what an amazing sense of community exists in Aberdeen, so many people came together to create work in a real spirit of collaboration. We felt we could achieve anything and I’m looking forward to coming back to the city in 2018 to keep the momentum going.”
Nuart Aberdeen was brought to the city by business organisation Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, and was supported by main sponsor Burness Paull LLP.