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