Sadly, as is the world right now, Nuart Aberdeen joined many other street art festivals in having to cancel this year’s edition. I was planning on going back home for it this year having missed 2019’s festival. A stellar line up, seeing last year’s walls and the chance to eat beef hula hoops again was too good to miss. Seeing my mum again would have been great too! Gotta throw that in there or else I’ll be getting a slap!
Obviously, due to Covid I assumed that I wouldn’t see much more from Nuart this year unless they were able to reschedule the event. Imagine my surprise last week when a story from Nuart’s Instagram page popped up in my DM’s. A friend of mine sent me the story clip showing a paste up from Portuguese artist Nuno Viegas. Obviously seeing this piece from Nuno had me heading over to Nuart’s IG page to check out what was going on. Turns out that the Nuart team were not going to take the cancellation lying down and got creative! Nuart Lockdown Edition had been born.
As a side note… I do follow Nuart on Instagram but had seen ZERO about this in my feed. God love those algorithms!
Nuart Lockdown Edition
At the end of last year Nuart director Martyn Reed established that the theme for this years festival would related to the concept of freedom. Martyn is looking a little like a clairvoyant at this point with what’s going on the world as I write this. Back in October the theme was more aimed at public space and the private sectors involvement in this. However freedom is a very important world in a lot of people’s vocabulary right now.
Martyn and his team decided to give the original lineup of artists a chance to still communicate their message of freedom within Aberdeen. All of the artists adapted their original concepts to suit a paste up bombing of the city.
Icy & Sot
Huge props to the Nuart Aberdeen team for not giving up and still bringing the city a wonderful selection of art. Also I’ve mad love for the locations that they chose, each spots suits the paste up absolutely beautifully.