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Nuart Aberdeen on the lookout for artists to join collaborative project

By Kyle Ritchie

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North-east people have been encouraged to get involved in Stuck Up a worldwide collaborative project which will see a massive paste-up project take place in Aberdeen City Centre as part of Nuart Aberdeen.

A wall spanning nearly half a kilometre has been earmarked for the world’s largest paste-up wall. It will feature curated pieces from a selection of Nuart artists, archive revolutionary street art posters from partner "flyingleaps" together with submissions from artists, poets and creatives from across the globe.

Locals are also being asked to contribute to the spectacle, creating a truly collaborative paste-up wall running from the East Green into the Tunnels, which is hoped will result in it being the biggest of its kind in the world.

The paste-up wall will run from the East Green into the Tunnels.
The paste-up wall will run from the East Green into the Tunnels.

Chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired Adrian Watson said: “This is an exciting opportunity for local artists, creatives, schools, poets, companies and even groups of friends or families to get involved with Nuart Aberdeen this summer.

“This outdoor ‘gallery’ will feature international, national and local work and be a truly unique collaborative project for the city and we encourage people to take part.

“Classes can get together to create a poster from their school, university students can perhaps recreate some of their work in poster form and colleagues can have fun creating unique works for the wall that perhaps reflects the challenges they have faced over the last 15 months.

“Nuart Aberdeen is all about making art accessible and open to everyone and Stuck Up is a safe and novel way to involve local people in creating an original and unique piece of work for the city as part of this year’s production.”

Nuart Aberdeen is curated and produced by the Stavanger-based arts organisation Nuart, spearheaded by Martyn Reed, director and founder.

He said: “Paste-ups are more often than not regarded as an artwork in their own right, usually created in a studio before being transplanted on the streets.

"The practice crosses over into notions of the more familiar fly-posting when art becomes the vessel for political sentiments and social calls to action.

“In many ways, paste-ups demand little more than a tabletop, scissors, magazines and/or paper, are as much related to ‘craft’ as to the rarefied world of contemporary art.

“Perhaps what the world needs right now is a less ‘stuck-up’ and judgmental look at the collective capacity of our communities to engage in shaping public space. A return to a more honest involvement in art as it’s created within cities.

“Art can be humble while still making an impact; as much craft as high concept, while still grabbing attention and changing minds.

"The more accessible the initial process of making art becomes, the more likely it is to reach a wider audience.”

In the spirit of inclusion, which Nuart Aberdeen embodies, all submissions, as long as they are not massively offensive, will be used.

To get involved people can create their posters, poems, print-outs, photos and collages and send them to Stuck Up, The Anatomy Rooms, Marischal College, Shoe Lane, Aberdeen, AB10 1AN.

The wall will be produced during the month of July. For more information, visit www.aberdeeninspired.com

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