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Nuart Aberdeen 2018. “A Revolution Of The Ordinary” (Aberdeen, Scotland)

Posted on April 12, 2018

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Date(s) - 04/12/2018 - 04/15/2018
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Nuart Aberdeen 2018. "A Revolution Of The Ordinary" (Aberdeen, Scotland)

Read from the press release below:

Nuart Aberdeen 2018 – A Revolution of the Ordinary

Brought to you by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival, the award-winning Nuart Aberdeen returns to the Granite City for its second year this April.

Nuart Aberdeen, a new international platform, is designed to not only present the most interesting and relevant Street Art of its time, but to also activate and inspire an emergent local scene whilst encouraging creative collaborations with twin city Stavanger.

Developed in collaboration with Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City Council, Nuart Aberdeen will provide a platform for local, national and international artists to showcase their work through a series of site-specific murals, installations, interventions, and temporary exhibitions.

The festival takes place from Thursday 12 – Sunday 15 April and will be supplemented by a conference program, film screenings, walking tours and workshops over four days.

The Green. Aberdeen AB11 6NY, UK

8-10 Market Street
Aberdeen AB11 5NX

A Revolution of the Ordinary

The theme for this year’s Nuart Aberdeen revolves 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.

Street Art’s call is to reclaim and broaden the terms ‘Art’ and ‘Artist’, and to remove the shame that those not privileged with an arts education often feel when employing these terms.

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.

Martyn Reed, Director and Curator of Nuart:

“The words ‘Art’ and ‘Artist‘ come with a set of predetermined art historical cultural biases; dilemmas; fears; and stereotypes that are too often determined and sustained by the traditional art establishment, promoting art and artists as ‘extraordinary’ and somehow closer to God the creator when in fact most artists are just like you and me: working class people with working class concerns who get up at 8am and work until 5pm, and like a drink or two on a weekend. Yet this is not to say that the work they produce isn’t sometimes exceptional or seemingly ‘extraordinary’.

A broadening and more inclusive definition of the terms ‘Art’ and ‘Artist’ breaks down the elitism in visual art culture by challenging the notion that only a select few people with special talents and understanding can participate in its production and only the moneyed and cultural elite should own and define it.

Street Art’s very existence, not to mention its popularity, is a reflection that we need to explore and promote alternatives to the prevailing status quo. Something Nuart has been dedicated to realising since its inception in 2001.”

Line Up:

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)

Snik (UK)

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