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foReWord I’d like to take this opportunity to thank city – of narratives with the power to turn Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen City a single space into a multitude of places Council for their unwavering support, with different meanings to different people as well as our partners, wall owners, at different times – stories that transcend volunteers, and all those who have ‘history’ and bring in herstory, yourstory, dedicated time and resources in helping ourstory and theirstory. Italo Calvino’s us create this year’s edition of the festival. 1972 novel Invisible Cities informs this It is only with the enthusiasm and year’s theme. Invisible Cities is a literary energy of this collective that this event masterpiece that explores the imaginable is possible – we are enormously grateful possibilities of the city. The majority of the for both the trust and support granted to book consists of short stories describing us. We hope that this year’s artists and 55 fictitious cities that Marco Polo has artworks will be embraced with the same visited as part of Kublai Khan’s expanding curiosity and enthusiasm as previous empire, these are narrated by Polo to years, and that they will help to further Khan himself. Towards the end, Khan instill a renewed sense of civic pride in prods Polo to tell him of the one city the way the city looks and feels. he has never mentioned directly – his hometown Venice. Polo’s response: This year’s festival plays host to thirteen 'Every time I describe a city I am national and international street artists describing Venice.' In effect, Polo has and an extended Nuart Plus program of been going home each time and imagining artist talks, panel debates, workshops, the possibilities of what a city might be. film screenings, walking tours and For this year’s festival, Nuart replaces events that aim to provide an insight Venice with Aberdeen. into contemporary debates surrounding current street art practice. Many of Polo’s descriptions can be read as meditations on the city, on culture, Each year the festival establishes a loose language, time, memory or the general curatorial theme. The theme is established nature of human experience in relation as a general guide. We encourage our to place. Aberdeen’s Churches, Castles, artists to undertake their own research Beaches, Casinos, Museums, Heritage, and where possible, work site specifically. Markets, West End, East End, Granite, This year’s theme explores the importance Royalty, Arts, Oil and Industry. What is of storytelling and its relationship to the your Aberdeen? What can we collectively

wElcoMe imagine? Perhaps a city full of towering works of art gifted by visitors from around the world, of laughing pensioners spraypainting their way to fame, portraits hammer drilled into concrete, public walls built of donated LEGO, and potholes filled with Victorian tiles. Perhaps the imaginable is not so ridiculous and fanciful as it may sound. Maybe we already have the resources we need to shape and create the environments we want to pass through and live in. We’ll be engaging locals, digging deep into Doric culture, exploring the history of local merchants, creating new experiences for pensioners, memories for kids, fun for youth, and space to reflect for parents – and we’ll be doing all this whilst continuing our attempt to give voice to the voiceless, the marginalized and the disenfranchised, with art that can be approached on their own terms. We hope you’ll join in and support us in amplifying some of this year’s themes whilst adding your own stories and experiences to the mix.   Martyn Reed   Nuart Festival Curator

Excitement has been building across the city as we prepare to roll out the welcome mat for visitors from far and near for Nuart Aberdeen. The 2019 festival promises to be as big and bold as we’ve come to expect after the success of the past two years. The event has had a fantastic impact since its inception, attracting visitors from across the world and encouraging tourists and local residents alike to explore all corners of the city centre. Aberdeen City Council is proud to partner with Aberdeen Inspired and the valued event sponsors to deliver the event. The Council has committed £300,000 of funding over three years to Nuart Aberdeen and the return has been significant, both in terms of the economic benefits already realised and by adding to the international profile we are building as we plan for a vibrant future as an increasingly popular destination city. Our Aberdeen 365 events strategy blends new and exciting events - including this week’s festival, Cycle Tour Series and the Great Aberdeen Run – with the traditions of established favourites such as the Aberdeen Highland Games. The major investment that has been made in infrastructure and in events is part of the vision for Aberdeen that is already bringing benefits for businesses and residents alike. With 2019 bringing the unveiling of The Event Complex Aberdeen and the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery, there’s a lot to be excited about in the year ahead and, of course, in the days ahead as we enjoy all the colour and culture that Nuart Aberdeen brings.   Councillor Jenny Laing   Co-Leader, Aberdeen City Council

Now in its third year, Nuart Aberdeen continues to have a huge impact not just locally, but globally, and has helped to position Aberdeen as one of the UK’s emerging cultural visitor destinations. This exciting transition is making it a destination of choice for street art lovers and visitors from across the globe and giving the opportunity to not only enjoy some of the best street art on offer, but to soak up this great city and north-east culture that we are all very proud of. Aberdeen Inspired is proud to deliver the multi-award winning festival and we are hugely grateful to our delivery partner Aberdeen City Council, for their continued and valued support. Our thanks also go to our presenting partners Burness Paull and The McGinty’s Group, who have enthusiastically backed the festival, and who together with a host of other partners and volunteers help make it all possible. Witnessing the effect Nuart Aberdeen has had on the Granite City, both from a personal perspective and from Aberdeen Inspired, has been incredible and the legacy the festival leaves behind is extraordinary. Watching as our city walls transform before our eyes – hosting groundbreaking street art is an unforgettable experience and one that we aim to involve our communities in as active participants. Nuart Aberdeen brings in the very best internationally, with a diverse and very individual range of portfolios that will undoubtedly stimulate all ages and backgrounds – it is literally for all. However, it is also about building a local legacy and the festival will engage with schools, universities, our regeneration areas and beyond to share the positivity this world class street art festival brings. If you’re a resident of Aberdeen and surrounding areas, we urge you to engage with the festival and enjoy the incredible street artists it has brought to our doorstep; and to visitors from near and far afield, welcome and we hope this is the first of many visits to our wonderful city.   Adrian Watson   CEO, Aberdeen Inspired

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Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 10:00–16:00 Anatomy Rooms Queen Street, AB10 1ap

Welcome to the Nuart Aberdeen HUB, a hive of festival activity, drop in info point and art exhibition. For this year’s edition of Nuart Aberdeen, the festival joins forces with All In Ideas to create a festival headquarters open to the public! The Nuart Hub will be the place to collect your map,

brochure and gather any information you might need to get the most out of this year's jam-packed festival. The Anatomy Rooms is an arts and creative industries studio and production facility based in Aberdeen city centre. Founded by independent arts organisation All In Ideas, and shared with Citymoves Dance Agency, the centre supports and promotes a wide-ranging folio of arts and creative industries practitioners, artist studios, groups and partner organisations.

REAl NoUrIshMent:     MarcuS MurIson EXHIBITION Thursday 18, 18:00 Anatomy Rooms Queen Street, AB10 1ap The Nuart Aberdeen 2019 Hub @ The Anatomy Rooms proudly presents a selection of works across the site by studio residents. 4

Curated by the centre’s founding organisation ‘All In Ideas’, the exhibition will also feature artist Marcus Murison’s large-scale abstract paintings. Created from chance encounters with overlooked objects in the urban environment, resulting in processes and final outcomes that share an aesthetic with aspects of street art.

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AXEL VOID (US)

Axel Void is a multimedia artist driven by a passionate interest in the art of storytelling. Inspired by truth in all its forms the artist aims to explore the visceral realness of an uncomfortable reality, or the hazy delight of nostalgia. Each and every one of Axel Void's works documents sincerity, presented with an almost journalistic intrigue.

ANDERS GJENnESTAD aka STRØK (NO) Anders Gjennestad aka Strøk, is an author of surreal visual poetry. An array of figures striding along the walls of buildings, casting long shadows is a trademark style of his.   andersgjennestad.com

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BeN eInE (uk) dotMaSteRs EmeMEM (FR) (UK) Unlike many street artists Born in London, Ben Eine is one of the most successful street artists in the world and is regarded as a pioneer in the exploration of graffiti letterforms. Eine started his career over 30 years ago, leaving his first tag all over London before developing his distinct typographic style.  einesigns.com

An intrinsic part of the early days of Nuart Festival, The Dotmasters has acted as producer, sometimes cocurator and artist at previous events. For this year's edition of Nuart Aberdeen he returns under his Dotmasters guise to create street-based illusions that will fool your mind with his sideways look at populist media and a typical English sense of humour.  dotmaster.co.uk

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who choose to paint on building facades or gable end walls, it’s through colourful interventions on roads and sidewalks that Ememem invites us to (re) discover the city.   ememem-flacking.net

EVOL (DE) Inspired by architecture which the artist sees as a mirror for society, Evol utilizes multilayered stencil techniques to transform electric enclosures, concrete planters and other familiar elements of the modern city into unique pieces of art.  evoltaste.com

HaMA WOODS (nO)

HELEN BuR (UK)

Born in 1981, based in Oslo, Norway. Her work demonstrates a reverence for nature and its immediate connection to humanity. In a search for methods to communicate the importance and revival of nature, Hama Woods' stencils intuitively reflect and focus on a sociological approach to greed and human consumption and its direct effect on our natural environment.

Helen Bur is a British artist currently working between the UK and abroad; on the road, in temporary studios and across walls. In the studio she works with traditional techniques applying oil to canvas or linen with palate knife and brush, whilst co-existing in the urban mural scene, wielding brush, roller and masonry paint to create larger-than-life works on walls.

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HUSh (UK) Hush is stimulated, influenced and driven by his cross-cultural experiences. The artist aims to combine street art with more traditional art practices; fusing traditional Eastern art with Western traditions of action painting and graffiti. Multiple layers of tagging and graffiti transition from the street to the studio and back again forming a deeper, richer exploration of colour, shape, form and ultimately, culture.  studio-hush.com 8

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JulIo AnayA CABandINg (eS)

Jan Vormann’s global Dispatchwork project uses LEGO bricks to repair damaged walls. He describes the project as “a forum to further develop, piece by piece, a global game together”, one that encourages citizens to take back public space and leave their mark on the city in a playful way.

Julio Anaya Cabanding is taken by his mission to carry out pictorial interventions in abandoned places. Painting trompe l’oeil paintings, considered works of art of the pictorial tradition and displacing these paintings to inhospitable and decadent places.

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SMUG (Au)

VHILS (PT)

Known for his photo-realist graffiti work, Smug, or SmugOne, aka Sam Bates, is a contemporary graffiti writer and muralist with immense skill. Using nothing but spray cans, he has been able to gain mastery over the difficult task of creating highly technical figurative pieces that retain that edgy, cheeky, and playful side of traditional graffiti whilst embracing more established elements of figurative fine art.

Vhils destroys to create. The Portuguese street artist who openly operates under his real name, Alexandre Farto, is internationally recognized in the forming of dramatic, oversized portraits made by carving directly into outdoor walls.  vhils.com

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NUART LAUNCH PARTY Sat 20 April, 23:00–03:00 The Tunnels, AB10 1BF Door £10 / Online £7 / ANP £3

PHOTO: BRIAN TALLMAN

ALL NIGHT PASSION With Special Guests Get Down Edits (4hr DJ Set)

INSPIRED NIGHTS   on THE GREEN Fri 19 April 16:00–22:00 Sat 20 April 12:00–22:00 Sun 21 April 12:00–18:00 The Green, AB10 6ad  free Aberdeen Inspired brings you Inspired Nights on The Green – an outdoor city-centre street food market. This fully licensed event will serve up tasty street food, delicious drinks, and fantastic entertainment. Throughout the festival weekend, the heart of Aberdeen’s city centre will be decked in food trucks, licensed bars, stalls, live acts and DJs, as well as workshops for kids. A real festival atmosphere for Nuart friends of all ages! 10

GDE have been on the scene for just shy of two decades – and like All Night Passion, they just keep on getting better. Consisting of Darren ‘Daz’ Dalton and Martin Roche, Get Down Edits have collectively been DJing for almost half a century. Added to that, the success of their own partnership and label with the release of Get Down Edits Vol. 1–4, we’ve got a seriously solid pair of DJs and masters of the edit gracing the decks at the Nuart Launch Party. Residents of Waterford in Southern Ireland, the duo started off DJing in the mid-90s with a background in house and deep house, they’ve since gone on to international acclaim sharing the decks with the likes of Kenny Dope (Masters at Work), DJ Deep (Paris), Greg Wilson (Hacienda) and DJ Harri (Sub Club) to name a few.

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PROFESsOr JEFF FerRELL (us)

Sat 20 April, 11:00  free entry Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Internationally renowned and award-winning cultural criminologist Professor Jeff Ferrell (US) flies in direct from Texas to deliver a keynote presentation as part of this year’s international Street Art Conference. Ferrell’s latest book Drift represents the first socio-criminological attempt to capture the growing sense of emotional and existential precarity now confronting many young people as they attempt to negotiate the complex life worlds of late modernity. His previous works include Crimes of Style, which draws on his own extensive field research to thoroughly examine the practices of graffiti artists and the interplay between cultural innovation and institutionalized intolerance, arguing that coordinated corporate and political campaigns to suppress and criminalize graffiti writers further disenfranchises the young, the poor, and people of color. Whilst Tearing down the Streets, Adventures in Urban Anarchy provides an energetic and highly informed look at environmental and political movements to nonviolently “Reclaim the Streets”.

Jeff Ferrell is currently Professor of Sociology at Texas Christian University, USA, and Visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of the books Drift, Crimes of Style, Tearing Down the Streets, Empire of Scrounge, and, with Keith Hayward and Jock Young, Cultural Criminology: An Invitation. He is the co-editor of the books Cultural Criminology, Ethnography at the Edge, Making Trouble, Cultural Criminology Unleashed and Cultural Criminology: Theories of Crime. He is also the founding and current editor of the New York University Press book series Alternative Criminology, and one of the founding editors of the journal Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal.

During his field work, Jeff Ferrell has amassed a significant collection of found photographs. For Nuart Plus he talks about their profound significance to our understanding of the city past and present, “the countless old photographs that get lost amidst the city’s daily life, consigned to trash containers or circulated among trash pickers and second-hand stores, provide a similar service. Like wall art and graffiti, these photographs present ambiguities of identity and circumstance; like wall art and graffiti, they collect shards of the city itself in their depictions of its social environments”. 11


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JOHn BYRNE (rsa) IN COnVerSATiON… NUART KICK-OFF Thursday 18, 20:00–21:00 Belmont Filmhouse 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS To kick off this year’s series of artist talks, lectures, debates and film screenings, we are more than thrilled to introduce a man described by Billy Connolly as “Scotland’s favourite artist.” John Byrne, the widely celebrated Scottish Artist, playwright, and designer will give an exclusive ‘In Conversation’ interview

NUArT PLus STReET ART CONFERENCE Nuart Plus is an umbrella term for Nuart’s activities outside of physical art production. It consists of an international research program, a peer reviewed journal , artist presentations, panel debates, workshops, education programs, film screenings and more. The Plus-series aims to explore and present issues surrounding contemporary Street Art practice in all its guises, through both entertaining and educational projects and programs. It features contributions from some of the world's leading street artists alongside academics, authors, researchers, curators, producers, writers and other culturalsector professionals who are dedicated to exploring issues surrounding new forms of art and activity in public space. Nuart Plus is curated and hosted by Martyn Reed and Dr Susan Hansen. Martyn Reed, amongst other things, is the founder and curator of all things Nuart. Susan Hansen is Europe’s most cited street art scholar. She is an interdisciplinary academic with a background in forensic psychology, visual sociology, and art history.

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fronted by the BBC’s Fiona Stalker. The Nuart Festival is, and has always been, extensively interested in not only the modern phenomenon of street art culture but also in its extensive and deep roots. Consequently, we are delighted to be adding John Byrne to the equation, in recognition of his 1970's mural in Scotland's industrial heartland Glasgow.

Highly inspired by street artists from New York and the emerging idea of using derelict buildings as a canvas for his art, John Byrne’s art became a familiar sight to anyone racing along the then new Clydeside Expressway. This work now enters the canon and is regarded as one of the first “street art” murals ever produced in the UK.

FRIDAY 19 APRIL CONFERENCE DAY 1:  TALES OF THE CITY 11:00–17:00  free entry Belmont Filmhouse 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Featuring talks and presentations from this year’s artists alongside contributions from writers, curators, film makers and researchers dedicated to exploring issues surrounding the global street art phenomenon. 11:00–11:10 Welcome and introduction Susan Hansen 11:10–11:40 Tales of the City Artist talk with Carrie Reichardt (UK) Reichardt’s public work reflects her sustained engagement with people, place and politics. She draws on local archival sources to create works that resonate with the communities they are set within. She has described her work as a form of “ceramic tapestry” –weaving local people and their histories together. In its radical permanence, her streetbased work has a temporality that stands in contrast to the ephemerality of other forms of street art.

11:40–12:10 Wall stories – Mended matter and layered politics: the challenges of researching urban surfaces Presentation by Sabina Andron (RO/UK) Architectural historian and urban scholar Dr Sabina Andron will discuss her innovative research on creative forms of urban transgression and the semiotic and legal dimensions of urban surfaces, graffiti and street art. 12:10–12:40 Panel debate: Weaving all the city’s stories Discussion led by Susan Hansen With Carrie Reichardt (UK), Sabina Andron (RO/UK) and Saziso Phiri (UK)

FILM SCREENING CITIZEN JANE – BATTLE FOR THE CITY 1H 32 MIN | USA 2016 | 15 | documentary 18:00–20:00 Belmont Filmhouse 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Tickets £10/£8 Pulsing with contemporary relevance. A David and Goliath battle between Jacobs and the Trumpian like developer Robert Moses. “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs.

12:40–13:30 — Break 13:30–14:15 Artist talk with Jan Vormann (eu) Jan Vormann’s global Dispatchwork project uses LEGO bricks to repair damaged walls. He describes the project as “a forum to further develop, piece by piece, a global game together”, one that encourages citizens to take back public space and leave their mark in a playful way. 14:15–15:00 Imaginary City  w o r l d PRE M I ERE 24 MIN | UA 2019 Documentary and Q&A with filmmaker Kristina Borhes (UA) Imaginary City is a poetic visual essay which traverses the history of Nuart Festival as a way to explore the magical ability of street art to change our ways of seeing the city, and the stories that we tell ourselves. This is a world premiere of this love letter to Nuart. 15:00–15:30 — Break 15:30–16:30 The Parallel City* Presentation by Javier Abarca (ES) “Graffiti is not simply about writing, it is about where, when and how it appears. Each written name is merely the residue of a continuous exploration of the city that follows a radically alternative navigational pattern. To really understand what graffiti is about it is more useful to interpret it as a school of urban exploration.” – Javier Abarca. *This talk is recommended for those taking the Parallel City Tour

NUART FRINGE EVENT SLAM POETRY AT SPIN 19:30–22:00 10 Littlejohn Street, AB10 1 FG Equinox presents Slam the 'Deen, at Spin, where the very best and baddest of local poets, balladeers and songsters will do their thing – and it might even rhyme! FIGHT CLUB AKA THE PUB DEBATE: WHAT'S THE STORY, MORNING GLORY? 21:30–23:00 Underdog 1 Union Street, AB11 5BU For anyone who has ever been to a conference and felt bored to distraction. For anyone who ever felt too inhibited to put their hand up during a Q&A. For anyone with an opinion about art in public space but without a platform to voice them. Fight Club is for you. Inspired by the original Greek Symposia where debates took place fuelled by copious amounts of wine, Nuart introduce a hot topic related to Street Art culture to be debated by two opposing teams made up of artists, academics and industry professionals, all lubricated by alcohol. The audience are invited to participate and settle the score at the end of the discussion by voting for the winner.

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SATURDAY 20 APRIL THE PARALLEL CITY EXPLORATION WORKSHOP WITH STREET ART SCHOLAR JAVIER ABARCA (ES) 10:00–13:00 (repeat Sunday 21 April) Departure point: Belmont Filmhouse 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Find your own way through the back streets of the city. Visit ignored spaces free from commerce and control. Get to know the hidden environments of graffiti writers, street artists and other outcasts. The walk takes about two and a half hours, and is preceded by a recommended lecture (Friday 19 April, 3:30pm) about the ideas that give it meaning. CONFERENCE DAY 2:  TALES OF THE CITY 11:00–17:00  free entry Belmont Filmhouse 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Guest keynote from author, cultural criminologist and gonzo sociologist Professor Jeff Ferrell (US). Followed by talks and presentations from this year’s artists alongside contributions from writers, curators and researchers dedicated to exploring issues surrounding the global street art phenomenon. 11:00–11:10 Welcome and introduction Susan Hansen 11:10–11:50 Uncertain in the City Keynote Presentation by Professor Jeff Ferrell (USA) Urbanists have long celebrated the city’s sacred uncertainty; dense with the indeterminacy of unexpected encounters, indecipherable signals, and unknown pathways, the city offers a shifting mélange of memories and emotions. Today this uncertainty suffers under regimes of urban planning, spatial surveillance, and risk management – and yet, at its best, urban art defends the city’s radical indeterminacy against those who would resolve it. In their everyday practice, urban wall art and graffiti confound categories of action and art, visibility and invisibility, legality and illegality, offering up an engaging aesthetics of confusion.

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11:50–12:15 Empathic Interventions Presentation by Adrian Burnham, Flyingleaps (UK) This talk will explore work by artists and visual activists whose interventions on the urban environment might be termed empathic. These include poignant repairs to the material fabric of the city; practices that draw attention to existing surfaces and the stories they tell; works that subvert authorised civic and commercial language; interventions that inspire engagement and spur opportunities for productive, citizen-led action and dialogue.

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12:15–12:45 Panel debate: Invisible Cities Discussion led by Susan Hansen With Jeff Ferrell (US), Adrian Burnham (UK) and Martyn Reed (UK/NO)

16:30–16:45 Nuart Journal Issue II Launch Exclusive launch of the second issue of Nuart Journal.

12:45–14:15 — Break and Public Opening The Green, AB10 6AD 14:15–15:00 Axel Void (es) and Evan Pricco (USA) in conversation Evan Pricco, Editor-in-Chief of Juxtapoz, and artist Axel Void will discuss the many stories, varied collaborations, and human encounters, behind Axel’s work and adventures. 15:00–15:45 Graffiti Grandmas | 26 MIN | PT 2016 Film Screening and Q+A with LATA 65 founder Lara Seixo Rodrigues (pt) Graffiti and street art have both often served to deepen the rift of misunderstanding between young and old. LATA 65 works to destroy old stereotypes and turn senior citizens into street artists by providing them with spray cans, masks and gloves and hands on tutorials before finding them free spots in the city to tag up and paint!

16:00–16:30 Alex Hale (Uk) and #3M_DO_2019 Collective Street Art: The Archaeology of Today Alex Hale is an archaeologist and researcher based at Historic Environment Scotland and runs a Scottish-wide project that considers, amongst other things, historic and contemporary graffiti art. The #3M_DO_2019 collective comprises people from across disciplines as varied as art to archaeology.

NUART KICK OFF ON THE GREEN GRAND PUBLIC OPENING: INSPIRED NIGHTS ON THE GREEN & STREET ART TOURS 13:00 The Green, AB10 6ad Join us for this year’s big kick off. Music, dance, DJ’s, foodtrucks, licensed bars, artstalls, kids workshops and more. Meet the artists, join the tours. FILM SCREENING: FACES PLACES 1H 34 MIN | USA 2017 | 12 | documentary 18:00–20:30 Belmont Filmhouse 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Tickets £10/£8 With an introduction by Evan Pricco (US) A Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Academy Award nominee. Iconic filmmaker Agnès Varda forges an unexpected collaboration with street artist JR as they embark on a road trip like no other. Equal parts charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life. NUART FRINGE EVENT: EVERYBODY HAS A STORY   + 19:00–20:00 LAUNCH OF ADA ART EXHIBITION 20:00–23:00 Aberdeen Arts Centre 33 King St, AB24 5AA Opening of Aberdeen Alcohol & Drugs Action Art Exhibition, followed by Everybody Has A Story, an evening of storytelling; that most basic form of human communication fulfilling a primitive, childhood need to discover "What Happened Next?" Tales, both tall and tragic will be told by a variety of tellers. All you need to do is listen and decide what you believe.

NUART FESTIVAL OFFICIAL LAUNCH PARTY ALL NIGHT PASSION FEATURING GET DOWN EDITS 4HR DJ SET 23:00–03:00 The Tunnels Carnegie’s Brae, AB10 1BF Tickets £12/£8 (£15 OTD) Join Aberdeen’s ANP crew with guests Get Down Edits for a legendary night of deep underground disco.

SUNDAY 21 APRIL THE PARALLEL CITY EXPLORATION WORKSHOP WITH STREET ART SCHOLAR JAVIER ABARCA (ES) 11:00–14:00  Departure point: Belmont Filmhouse 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS KIDS' WORKSHOPS: CHALK DON’T CHALK & LEGO WORKSHOP 11:00–15:00 Rooftop Garden, St Nicholas Centre For kids aged 3–99 Join our artists and hosts in creating a huge imaginary rooftop city where chalk drawings meet LEGO builds. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Picasso

STREET ART WALKING TOURS Sat 20 13:30  ⁄  14:30  ⁄  15:30 Sun 21 14:00 (including sign language) & 15:00 Departure point: The Green, AB10 6ad Join our experienced guides for the first of this year's tours (please pre-book your place on our website). INSPIRED NIGHTS on THE GREEN Fri 16:00–22:00  ⁄  Sat 12:00–22:00  ⁄  Sun 12:00-18:00 The Green, AB10 6ad DJ's, live acts, food trucks, licensed bars, stalls, workshops for kids and more.

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NUART ABerdeEn  fIlm Season

exclusive launch

with guest introductions

£10 / £8

Tickets available from belmontfilmhouse.com

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Friday 19, 14:15–15:00  ⁄  free admission Imaginary cIty w o r l d p r e mi e r e 24 min | ua 2019 | an mzm projects documentary Documentary and Q&A with filmmaker Kristina Borhes (UA) Imaginary City is a poetic visual essay that traverses the history of Nuart Festival as a way to explore the magical ability of street art to change our ways of seeing the city, and the stories that we tell ourselves about it. Friday 19, 18:00–20:00  ⁄  Tickets £10/£8 CitiZEn JaNe – Battle for the CIty 1h 32 min | usa 2016 | 15 | documentary Pulsing with contemporary relevance. A David and Goliath battle between Jacobs and the Trumpian like developer Robert Moses. “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” – Jane Jacobs

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Saturday 20, 15:00–15:45  ⁄  free admission GRaffITI grANDMaS 26 min | pt 2016 | documentary Documentary and q&a with laTa 65 founder Lara Seixo Rodrigues (PT) Graffiti and street art have both often served to deepen the rift of misunderstanding between young and old. laTa 65 works to destroy old stereotypes and turn senior citizens into street artists. Join project founder Lara Rodrigues fresh from hosting LATA 65 workshops for Aberdeen’s senior citizens. Friday 19, 18:00–20:00  ⁄  Tickets £10/£8 FAcEs placeS 1h 34 min | usa 2017 | 12 | documentary A Cannes Film Festival award-winner and Academy Award nominee Iconic filmmaker Agnès Varda forges an unexpected collaboration with street artist JR as they embark on a road trip like no other. Equal parts charming and poignantly powerful, Faces Places is a unique cross-generational portrait of life.

Nuart Journal issue II

Sat 20 April, 16:30  free entry Belmont Filmhouse, 49 Belmont Street, AB10 1JS Join us for the exclusive launch of Issue II of Nuart Journal! The Nuart journal is an international forum for critical commentary on street art practice. Part academic journal, part gonzo-pop journalism and part rich visual essay. The Journal aims to engage people and practices on the margins as well as the scholars that research them. Be exposed to the cutting edge work of independent scholars, artists, and curators and the untapped synergy that is activated by bringing these divergent players together.

The journals academic articles deal with some key practical, political, and conceptual issues currently facing critical street art practice whilst visual essays, book reviews and interviews offer a hopefully inspiring alternative to the more traditional content. If you’d like to contribute to a future issue, please see nuartjournal.com for the call for papers! 19 19


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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Picasso KIDS WORKSHOP Sunday 21 April 11:00–15:00 Rooftop Garden, St Nicolas Centre For children aged 3–99 Join guest artists and hosts in creating a huge imaginary rooftop city where chalk drawings meet LEGO builds. 20

Bring your own LEGO or use what’s available. Draw roads, paths, parks, people. What would your Aberdeen look like? This workshop is inspired by festival artist Jan Vormann’s global Dispatchwork project, which uses LEGO bricks to repair damaged walls. Vormann describes the project as “a forum to further develop, piece by piece, a global game together” – one that encourages citizens to take back public space and leave their mark in a playful way.

Friday 19–Saturday 20 April 11:00–17:00 Belmont Filmhouse The Unlock Showcase is a travelling pop-up bookstore focused on graffiti and street art. Our books are sourced from the Unlock Book Fair, an event that brings together independent and underground publishers from across Europe and the world. These are publications printed in short runs and scarcely distributed, you won’t find them in regular bookstores!

The Unlock Book Fair is the international publishing fair for graffiti and street art. It provides publishers, artists and aficionados with a unique space to meet and share. It has thus become the annual meeting point for this thriving publishing scene, and the place to showcase the most cutting-edge projects in the field. The fair has taken place in Barcelona (2016), Berlin (2017), and Amsterdam (2018). In the past three years the Unlock Showcase pop-up bookstore has travelled to many European cities including Lisbon, Moscow, London and Vienna. Next stop is Aberdeen, don’t miss it! 21


Can’t make it to the opening weekend? Don’t worry! Our free guided walking tours run weekly on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until the end of September. Advance booking is recommended, for more information, dates and to book your place, visit our website!

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In addition, accessible tours will run on Sunday 4 June and 4 August.

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Saturday 20 + Sunday 21 Saturday Departing:  13:30 / 14:30 / 15:30 Sunday Departing:   14:00 (Sign language) & 15:00 Departure point: The Green, AB11 6AD 22

Join our expert guides for what is becoming one of the most anticipated highlights of the cultural calendar. Departing from the historical “The Green”, our guides take you on a 90-minute walking experience unlike any other. The tour takes in smaller, hidden art treasures, well known works from previous Nuart editions, as well as talking points behind this year’s work.

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