First participant named for art festival’s return

Carrie Reichardt's ceramic mosaic Tree of Life in London's Acton Gardens.
Carrie Reichardt's ceramic mosaic Tree of Life in London's Acton Gardens.

The first artist has been announced for the return of the award-winning Nuart festival due to take place in the city this year.

The street art festival will provides a platform for local, national and international artists to showcase their work through murals, installations and temporary exhibitions.

World renowned painters and illustrators will transform some of Aberdeen’s walls into dramatic pieces of art in April.

Festival organisers have now named “craftivist” Carrie Reichardt as the first artist to take part in the event this year.

With more than two decades of involvement in large-scale community art projects, Ms Reichardt is currently the artist-in-residence at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.

And she does not shy away from controversy creating portraits of Donald Trump and a theme of rebellion as previous public works.

She said: “I’m honoured to be one of the first invited artists to take part in Nuart Aberdeen 2018.

“This will be my first visit to Aberdeen and I can’t wait to explore the archives to find out more about the city’s rich heritage.

“I always try to work site specifically – with a focus on people’s history – to shine a light on the stories that for one reason or another are forgotten over time.”

Martyn Reed, director and curator of Nuart, said: “These stories form the fabric of the city as much as bricks and mortar do; they connect us to place across generations, and it’s this rich yet often overlooked heritage that we’ll be encouraging artists and the public alike to uncover as part of this year’s festival.”

Nuary will be held in the city from April 12-15.