Nuart Aberdeen 2024: Everything you need to know as artists announced for street art festival

Nuart 2024 will return to Aberdeen this June - here’s everything you need to know about the street art festival.
Tamara Alves created a mural on Skene Street for Nuart Aberdeen 2023.Tamara Alves created a mural on Skene Street for Nuart Aberdeen 2023.
Tamara Alves created a mural on Skene Street for Nuart Aberdeen 2023.

The line-up of artists for Nuart 2024 has been revealed ahead of the Aberdeen street art festival taking place this summer.

Returning artists include the Granite City’s own KMG, who has created two large murals during previous festivals, as well as Hera, one of the creators behind the iconic Aberdeen Market mural.

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Since the festival launched in 2017, Nuart has been making its mark around the city. From large murals such as Conzo & Glöbel’s 2018 The New Super Scurry on the city’s Holburn Street to new additions such as Murmure’s work which can be spotted from King Street.

French duo Murmure, Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roché, created this work for Nuart which is nestled on Queen Street, and just visible from West North Street and King Street. French duo Murmure, Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roché, created this work for Nuart which is nestled on Queen Street, and just visible from West North Street and King Street.
French duo Murmure, Paul Ressencourt and Simon Roché, created this work for Nuart which is nestled on Queen Street, and just visible from West North Street and King Street.

This year’s edition of Nuart Aberdeen is set to run from Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9 2024 with the theme “Living Heritage”.

Ahead of events kicking off, here’s everything we know so far about Nuart Aberdeen 2024, including which artists are taking part and the dates you should know.

When is Nuart Aberdeen 2024?

Returning for 2024, Nuart Aberdeen will take place from Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9.

Artists will arrive ahead of the festival’s launch to erect their murals around the city centre, with further events still to be announced.

What is Nuart?

Nuart Aberdeen is a street art festival which is widely regarded among the world’s best.

The festival first arrived in Aberdeen in 2017, bringing in dozens of international artists and attracting tens of thousands of visitors and locals to the city centre, boosting local businesses and providing legacy artwork alongside new pieces of art which can be continually revisited.

Nuart is supported by Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired, with the aim of making art part of people's everyday lives, which it does by challenging traditional notions of what public art is.

What is the theme of Nuart 2024?

The theme of Nuart Aberdeen 2024 is “Living Heritage”.

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Said to represent the shift in heritage as it passes from generation to generation, the theme also refers to cultural practices and skills being passed down within a community.

Martyn Reed, the curator of Nuart Aberdeen, has also described this year’s Nuart theme as “Intangible Cultural Heritage”.

He said: “Living heritage incorporates the parts of our shared past that live in our present – everyday rituals and practices, cultural expressions, shared memories, celebrations, festivals, stories, songs, and craft skills that help to define who we are.”

The theme has also been established to reflect the nature of the festival, as some of the art produced for Nuart has itself been lost to time or changes within the environment, such as the demolition of Aberdeen Market.

Reed said: “The ephemeral nature of much of the culture we work with and produce in Aberdeen could itself be regarded as intangible cultural heritage, as the loss of first large scale mural from Herakut produced on the old Market back in 2017 would attest. Something many will be happy to hear we’ll be revisiting this year

Nuart Aberdeen walking tours

One of the most popular events of the festival, Nuart walking tours will return for 2024. On Sundays in May, interested visitors can join the walking tours which take off from Foodstory in the city centre from 1pm.

If joining a large group isn’t appealing, you can also plan your own route through Aberdeen Inspired’s website using their Nuart map.

Nuart Aberdeen 2024 locations

While the dates and artists for Nuart 2024 have been revealed, the walls which will be part of this year’s festival have still to be revealed.

Information should be revealed in the coming weeks.

Titled “The Punishment”, Spanish artist Slim Safont’s striking mural is among Nuart Aberdeen’s best.Titled “The Punishment”, Spanish artist Slim Safont’s striking mural is among Nuart Aberdeen’s best.
Titled “The Punishment”, Spanish artist Slim Safont’s striking mural is among Nuart Aberdeen’s best.

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Which artists are taking part in Nuart 2024?

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