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VNA Issue 31 – OUT NOW!

VNA 31 is out now. Get your copy online and in stores, with the inimitable Los Angeles duo CYRCLE gracing the front cover.

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This all-new, bigger, bolder issue has been redesigned for a larger format so that we can better show off the brilliant art that makes VNA what it is.

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Some things haven’t changed: we’re still committed to bringing you the finest artwork we can find from the furthest flung places. Touching down in Australia, Portugal, France, New Zealand, USA and Switzerland, we cover the most hottest artists, photographers and gallerists we could find, from the more established elite to some up-and-coming stars in the making.

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Get your copy now! verynearlyalmost.com/shop/vna-issue-31

Thinkspace x Stolenspace LAX/LHR Groupshow

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From LA to London, StolenSpace Gallery & ThinkSpace LA are joining forces to co- curate a group show in London at StolenSpace Gallery, opening Thursday 3rd September.

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With a roster of over 100 incredible artists between us, this is due to be a show to remember!

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www.thinkspacegallery.com

www.stolenspace.com

NUART: PLUS

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NUART Festival in Stavanger, Norway kicks off a strong line up of panels and discussions today, starting off with the inaugural Pub Debate, headed up by team captains Evan Pricco, Editor in Chief at Juxtapoz, and writer Carlo McCormick, the two go head-to-head with artists Harmen de Hoop and Bortusk Leer to explore the subject: Should Art Have to Carry a Deeper Meaning?

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Banksy – Dismaland in Glorious Technicolour

Thanks to The Powers That Be, we managed to sneak into get a VIP tour of Dismaland at the weekend. This is what it looked like…

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NUART 2015

NUART FESTIVAL 2015
Festival: 3 – 5 September; Exhibition: 6 September – 11 October

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Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary, Nuart Festival – the world’s leading celebration of street art – will take place on the first week of September, 2015.

For the fifteenth year running, renowned artists from around the world will descend upon Stavanger, Norway with murals, installations and interventions popping up across the city. Tou Scene centre for contemporary arts, a former 19th century brewery, will host the festival’s indoor exhibition.

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Nuart Plus, the festival’s annual symposium of academic and industry debates, artist presentations and film screenings will take place at Scandic Stavanger City hotel from Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 September. Here, key figures such as Evan Pricco (Juxtapoz), Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington (Brooklyn Street Art) and critic and author Carlo McCormick will come together with artists and academics to delve into the culture’s roots and reflect on its place within the wider contemporary art canon. The three day programme is open to everyone, free of charge, and central to Nuart’s efforts to encourage critical discourse around street art in an accessible and democratic way.

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Alongside the recurrent theme of Situationism, this year’s festival will explore notions of play and the ludic tendencies within street art and urban culture. From Jamie Reid – pioneer of the punk visual aesthetic – to conceptual artist Harmen de Hoop, photographer Martha Cooper and abstract graffiti pioneer Futura, leading practitioners from across the spectrum of street art will demonstrate how they approach their craft within the subject of play.

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Nuart’s education programme – the largest street art education programme in the world – reaches out to over 2,600 children to teach them how to make their own artwork using techniques such as stencilling and wheatpasting. Devised in partnership with Den kulturelle skolesekken (a Government funded initiative for art and culture), the programme aims to inspire the next generation of street artists, thus ensuring the culture’s sustainability.

Founder and Director, Martyn Reed says:

“The focus of this year’s festival is once again Situationism, which initially inspired punk and more latterly the street art and activist movements we see today. We’re looking to establish where the culture of street art comes from and where it could potentially go: we want to get deeper and attach this culture to a long tradition of unsanctioned creativity on the streets, so that the powers that be don’t brand it as a “fad” as they did with graffiti in the 1980’s. The DIY aspects of Situationism, punk, graffiti and street art are closely aligned with traditions of play, and their connection all the more pertinent this year with the likes of Jamie Reid and Futura confirmed.”

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Nuart is initiating a number of satellite projects to mark the festival’s landmark 15th Anniversary:

In collaboration with the newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad, Nuart will launch The Aftenblad Wall: a 6m x 3m billboard erected in the east of the city and a new permanent site for art in Stavanger. Contemporary artists unaccustomed to working in the streets will be invited to adopt the scale and visibility of advertising to present their work in the public domain, with Canada’s Sandra Chevrier the first participating artist.

Nuart is also attempting a world’s first with the French artists Ella & Pitr who, alongside partners Block Berge Bygg, are set to create the world’s largest outdoor mural in Klepp on the outskirts of Stavanger. The finished work will cover 21,000m2, the equivalent of 5 football pitches.

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Join us in celebrating 15 groundbreaking years: both for Nuart and the thriving, important and enduring art form we represent.

A full programme of events and schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please visit www.nuartfestival.no for more information on this year’s artists and check back soon for updates on Nuart Plus, workshops, street art walks and satellite projects.

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Nuart Festival 2015 artists:

Bordalo II (PT), Bortusk Leer (UK), Dolk (NO), Dotdotdot (NO), Ella & Pitr (FR), Ernest Zacharevic (LT), Futura (US), Harmen de Hoop (NL), Icy & Sot (IL), Isaac Cordal (ES), Jamie Reid (UK), Martha Cooper (US), Martin Whatson (NO), Outings Project (FR), Pejac (ES), Pixelpancho (IT) and introducing The Aftenblad Wall, with Sandra Chevrier (CA)

Exhibition opening date:
Saturday 5 September at 19:00, Tou Scene
Exhibition period: Sunday 6 September – Sunday 11 October
Opening hours: Wednesday – Friday 12:00 to 17:00 / Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 to 16:00
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Entrance fee: 70kr adults/40kr concessions

Website: www.nuartfestival.no
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nuartfestival
Instagram: www.instagram.com/nuartfestival
Twitter: www.twitter.com/nuartfestival

Risk – Old Habits Die Hard – Monograph

Legendary Graffiti Writer RISK has released a 350-page monograph. Detroit printmakers, 1xRUN & cultural curator Roger Gastman have joined forces to publish the definitive book on one of the pioneering Los Angeles graffiti originators.

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1xRUN is pleased to present the definitive book on Los Angeles graffiti originator and icon RISK. Old Habits Die Hard recounts a career spanning over four decades with RISK detailing his history, failures, success and of course the many brushes with the law. Old Habits Die Hard is available for purchase online now from – href=”http://www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard”>www.1xrun.com/runs/Old_Habits_Die_Hard

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Arkham Knight – Cape & Cowl Exhibition

For those of you who missed it…

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WB Games UK teamed up with twenty of the most exciting contemporary artists and media celebrities to celebrate the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight with a new exhibition reimagining the Caped Crusader’s iconic Cape and Cowl headpiece, running at Kachette, Shoreditch, London back in June.

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Using life-sized replicas of Batman’s famous costume as a blank canvas, each artist and celebrity will produce their own unique interpretation of the Dark Knight’s attire.

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Featuring celebrities from the worlds of TV, film, music and fashion, such as Jonathan Ross, Noel Clarke, Eliza Doolittle and Jodie Kidd and high profile artists such as Nancy Fouts, Lauren Baker, Hayden Kays, Inkie, Pam Glew, INSA, The Connor Brothers, Zeus, Matt Small, Jon Burgerman, Case, CRASH, Cyclops, Kid Acne, Logan Hicks and Pure Evil, the exhibition will run through the launch week of Batman: Arkham Knight.

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Produced and curated by Moniker Projects.

Picture: Tom Dymond/REX Shutterstock

HangFire – Write Now

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HangFire are hosting a group exhibition focusing on the skill and craft of typographic and letter form artwork. Featuring original artwork, screen prints and sketches from international, national and local artists.

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Preview opening on Friday July 24th, 7pm – 10pm at HangFire, 49 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol, BS3 1EN

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The HangFire guys will putting together a more in depth look at the artists over the next few weeks, follow their facebook page for more up to date interviews and insights:

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www.wehangfire.com