NUART Aberdeen

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Areas in The Granite City were given a splash of colour over the weekend when the Nuart Festival made its first appearance in Aberdeen.
 
Beginning in 2001 in the Norwegian town of Stavanger, the festival is regarded as the leading celebration of street art world-wide.
 
International, national and local artists were given the chance to use Aberdeens landscapes as a unique platform for their artwork, giving some of the cities gloomier corners a spruce of colour.
 
 
Jasmin Siddiqui (Héraut), one of two artists who created the painting on Aberdeen Market (above) in The Green said "Aberdeen is a twin city to Stavanger but it's a smaller city and I think it's exactly where this kind of art needs to go".
 
The event which collaborated with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired started on Thursday of the Easter weekend.
 
Presentations, music, debates and walking tours were throughout helping to promote the new artworks.
 
The pieces can be found all around the city, ranging from murals, large paintings to hard-to-see small artworks dotted around.
 
 
Hundreds gathered to see the artworks which many have said will leave a lasting legacy on Aberdeen.
 
The Aberdonians seem to appreciate the new artworks around the city with people still taking photographs a few days later.
 
It was thought that controversy may spark over the street art as some people have apposed to art like this in the public areas calling it graffiti or vandalism, yet the Granite City locals seemed to enjoy the art to such an extent that the festival is set to return in 2018.
 
Angela Thouless, a volunteer for Quart Aberdeen said that "We've been out and about trying to promote it (the festival) and people have been really positive and the artists are hoping to come back next year and do this again."
 
"Getting these pieces out now will definentlely be a much needed boost for the city, a much needed injection of colour to Aberdeen".

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