Program at a glance

Nuart Plus 6-9th June
International Street Art Conference 2024


All events are free unless otherwise stated.


Nuart Plus is an umbrella term for Nuart’s activities outside of physical art production. It consists of an international research program, a peer reviewed journal and other publications, artist presentations, panel debates, workshops, education programs, film screenings and more. The Plus-series aims to explore and present issues surrounding contemporary street art practice in all its guises, through entertaining and educational projects and programs. It features contributions from some of the world’s leading street artists alongside academics, authors, researchers, curators, producers, writers and other cultural-sector professionals who are dedicated to exploring issues surrounding new forms of art and activity in public space.

Thursday 6 June

Street Art Double Bill

Hera X Banksy


Free, book your ticket now


Doors at 18:15 Event is from 19:00-21:00,

bar until 22:00 pm Thurs 6 June


Free entry, but ticket needed 


The Lemon Tree

5 West North Street

Aberdeen, AB24 5AT


Festival artist Hera in conversation with critic Carlo McCormick

UK Premiere of “Banksy, The Stolen Girl/La Ragazza Triste”.  


Our festival launch commences with world-renowned festival artist Hera of Herakut in conversation with cultural critic Carlo McCormick. Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui) has been travelling the world since 2001 painting large-scale murals, solo or as part of the duo Herakut. Aberdeen locals will fondly remember Herakut’s iconic, but now demolished mural on the façade of Aberdeen Market – an artwork that transformed the Granite City’s “ugliest” and most-maligned concrete building. Although this mural and the building it adorned no longer exist, Hera’s iconic work has become part of Aberdeen’s local imagery, and now forms part of the heritage associated with Nuart Aberdeen and this historic market site.


The evening will close with an exclusive UK Premiere of “Banksy, The Stolen Girl” with an introduction by Dr Enrico Bonadio.

Can a piece of street art express the feelings of an entire community and become the subject of a police chase? Yes, if it’s by Banksy. In memory of the victims of the terrorist attack on the Bataclan concert hall in Paris in 2015, Banksy covered a door of the building with a stencil which became known as “The Sad Girl”. The artwork was brazenly stolen in the dead of night…but who stole it and why – and will it ever be found?


Director: Edoardo Anselmi

Country: France

Year: 2023

53 mins

Friday 7 June

Nuart Plus Street Art Conference

Day 1: Living Heritage

11:00–17:00, free entry


Free, book ticket


Tickets are not required for attendance but help us with planning. The conference will be taking place from 11–17, but you are welcome to come and go as it suits your schedule.


Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, AB10 1JQ


On Day 1 of Nuart Aberdeen’s Street Art Conference, we address the theme of living heritage.


Speakers include Dr Erik Hannerz (Lund University, SE), Dr Enrico Bonadio (City, University of London, UK) and Professor Ilaria Hoppe (Catholic Private University, Linz, AT). Topics include the preservation of street art under heritage law (Bonadio), the concept of ‘fame’ in graffiti as a form of intangible cultural heritage (Hannerz) and ‘bad street art’ as an everyday form of heritage (Hoppe). Day 1 closes with a panel discussion on strategies for safeguarding street art, with David Roos (STRAAT Museum, NL) Tim Marschang (Street Art Cities, BE), Sami Wakim (Street Art USA), Arne Vilhelm Tellefsen (Deconforml) and Stuart Holdsworth (Inspiring City).


11:00–11:10: Welcome and Introduction

Dr Susan Hansen (AU/UK)


Susan Hansen is Europe’s most cited street art scholar and host of Nuart Plus. She is committed to engaging and connecting outsider audiences with contemporary urban art and scholarship.



11:10–11:50: Street Art and Heritage Law

Dr Enrico Bonadio (IT/UK)


The decision whether street art should be preserved and heritagised affects artists, property owners and local communities. Making decisions regarding the existence or treatment of the work is challenging, as these parties may have conflicting interests. In his talk, Enrico Bonadio will explore the issues raised by the preservation of street art under heritage law.


11:50–12:30: Bad Street Art

Prof Ilaria Hoppe (DE/AT)


From a critical perspective, street art is a period or movement that some dismiss as ‘over’.  In her talk, art historian Ilaria Hoppe uses the term ‘bad’ street art with a double meaning: firstly, as an ethical category, because of its involvement in gentrification, and secondly, as an aesthetic term to describe a form of art executed with a basic style. Drawing on a field trip to Catania, Sicily, Hoppe considers the roots of street art in the 1960s to argue that ‘bad street art’ can still be seen as a critical practice in neoliberal urban space, and an everyday form of cultural heritage.


12:30–13:30 — Lunch Break


13:30–14:20: Fame! The totemic principle in subcultural graffiti

Dr Erik Hannerz (SE)


For over 40 years the concept of fame – as in subcultural recognition and celebrity – has been the self-evident answer to explain the driving force behind the how’s, where’s, what’s and why’s of subcultural graffiti. In this talk, cultural criminologist Erik Hannerz will approach fame less for what it is and more on what fame does, arguing that fame works to materialise collective emotions, ideals and boundaries that are otherwise ephemeral and intangible.



14:20 – 15:00: Panel: Art on the Streets

Dr Erik Hannerz, Dr Enrico Bonadio, Prof Ilaria Hoppe


Join three of the world’s leading authorities on street art culture as they come together to discuss the role of art on the streets as a form of living heritage.



15:00 – 15:20 Break



15:20 – 16:00: Panel: Muse, Museum, Memory

David Roos (Straat Museum), Tim Marschang (Street Art Cities) Sami Wakim (Street Art United States), Arne Vilhelm Tellefsen (Deconform) and Stuart Holdsworth (Inspiring City)


David Roos, head curator of Amsterdam’s Straat Museum of street art and graffiti, Tim Marschang, co-founder of the ground-breaking Street Art Cities App, Sami Wakim, founder and director of Street Art United States, Arne Vilhelm Tellefsen, director of Deconform and Stuart Holdsworth, of Inspiring City, will discuss how and why their respective platforms are safeguarding street art legacy.


Fight Club aka the Pub Debate 

21:00–23:00, Free entry 


SPIN, 10 Littlejohn St, Aberdeen AB10 1FG


Followed by music, doors open until 01:00




In the context of cultural heritage, colonialism, and the ephemeral nature of much of our culture, is the Street now more important than the Museum?


For anyone who’s ever been to a conference and felt bored to distraction. For anyone who ever felt too inhibited to put their hand up during a Q&A. For anyone with an opinion about power structures in public space but without a platform to voice them. Fight Club is for you.


Inspired by the original Greek Symposia where debates took place fuelled by copious amounts of wine, what Dumas called ‘the intellectual part of the meal.’ Nuart introduce a current hot topic in Street Art culture to be debated by two opposing teams made up of guest artists, academics and arts industry professionals.


The audience are encouraged to participate and settle the score at the end of the discussion by voting for the winning team. We round off the night with a vinyl only set from guest DJs to allow the losers to dance their blues away.

Saturday 8 June

Nuart Plus Street Art Conference


11:00–17:00, free entry


Free, book ticket


Tickets are not required for attendance but help us with planning. The conference will be taking place from 11-17, but you are welcome to come and go as it suits your schedule.


Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall, Schoolhill, AB10 1JQ


On Day 2 of the Street Art Conference, audiences will have the opportunity to meet some of the festival artists. The day will commence with a discussion of the history of flyposting and how this intersects with street art’s own history of the paste up. Speakers include Adrian Burnham and Tim Horrox of Build Hollywood (UK). Other highlights include a talk from festival artist and scholar Professor Bahia Shehab (LB/EG) and a talk from festival artist Addam Yekutieli (aka Know Hope – (IL/PS)). Day 2 marks the first tours of the art produced for this year’s festival, and the conference will close with a panel of our festival artists, who will discuss their work. In the evening at Spin, we will round off the conference and ease into our closing party with a fireside chat from Carlo McCormick, who will give his inimitable spin on this year’s festival’s theme, before our closing party, F*CK ART, LET’S DANCE.


11:00–11:10 Welcome and introduction

Dr Susan Hansen (AU/UK)


11:10–11:45: Fly by Night

Adrian Burnham (UK)


For the past year, Adrian and his research partner Richard Broadbent have been interviewing veteran flyposters about their lives and involvement in unauthorised commercial billsticking throughout the UK and abroad. These oral histories evidence a rich living heritage and rare opportunity to scrutinise a hitherto very much cloistered world, with its associations with music and promotion; incidents of public and media interaction; contentions with the law and municipal authorities; the changing face of our urban environments; competition for wall space and territories; developments from cash-in-hand days to more professional set ups.


11.45-12:15: Artist Talk with Addam Yekutieli aka Know Hope


Addam Yekutieli is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who deals with issues of cross cultural encounter, historical and personal narratives and memory. Yekutieli’s practice consists of mixed media artworks, installation, photography and interventions in public spaces, with a focus on text and how text interacts with the environment it is placed in.

In recent years, Yekutieli has been conducting a series of ongoing projects with participants worldwide, with the aim of highlighting the nexus between the personal and the collective, the political and the personal.


12:15–13:00: Panel: All Eyez On Me


Is flyposting vital to the history – and the future – of street art? How have the strategies of one informed the other and why, relative to graffiti and stencil art, is the wheat paste/paste up under-represented in the history of street art culture. Join Adrian Burnham, Tim Horrox, the founder of world leading street advertising specialists Build Hollywood and artist Addam Yekutieli aka Know Hope in unpacking the power of the paste up.


13:00–14:00 — LUNCH BREAK


14:00–14:45: Artist talk with Bahia Shehab: Designing Dissent: Arab Creativity and Resistance


Bahia Shehab is an artist and author based in Cairo. She is a Professor of Design and founder of the graphic design program at The American University in Cairo. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has received several international awards including the BBC’s 100 Women’s list, a TED Senior Fellowship, a Prince Claus Award, and the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture. She is the founding director of TypeLab@AUC. Her latest publications include You Can Crush the Flowers: A Visual Memoir of the Egyptian Revolution and the award-winning co-authored book A History of Arab Graphic Design.


14:45-15:30: Meet the Festival Artists Panel (Chaired by Evan Pricco)


On Saturday 8th June, the city’s first street art tours for the festival will culminate at Aberdeen’s Art Gallery, where Nuart Plus will feature a live panel with selected festival artists, offering audiences the unique opportunity to meet the artists behind the freshly created work on the walls of the granite city. Local, national and international artists joining us include Cbloxx, KMG, Molly Hankinson and Niels Shoe Meulman.





Fireside Chat with Carlo McCormick &




Doors open at 19:30, Vinyl DJ playing from 22:00-01:00

Spin, 10 Littlejohn St, Aberdeen AB10 1FG


“Heritage, a haunting”

Fireside Chat: Carlo McCormick (US)



Opening for our closing party, cultural critic Carlo McCormick will give a fireside chat on the festival theme of living heritage, exploring this notion as involving a kind of haunting, the measure of a persistent past ever-receding in the ever-evolving present – like the way a ghost is said to be caught between two worlds. Expect an image rich anarchic journey that will take us through ruins porn, the Renaissance, Romanticism and contemporary urban art, to the Scottish Highlands.





SPIN, 10 Littlejohn St, Aberdeen AB10 1FG


Before Nuart, there was the now legendary electronic music festival – and big brother to Nuart – Numusic Festival. An annual festival of underground electronic music established in 2000, that over its 15 years of existence hosted many of the world’s leading acts and emerging names in global club culture with a strong focus on Techno’s heritage.


Tonight, we depart from FALD’s usual house/techno profile, to present a night of dancehall, reggae, ska, rocksteady and Jamaican R&B from London based night Hep Time. DJ Enrico Bonadio specialises in the history of sound system culture in Britain and its connection with the Windrush generation. He also researches music borrowing practices in Jamaica from that era, with a focus on music produced at legendary Kingston studios such as Studio One and Treasure Isle. Music which UNESCO has recognised as a unique form of ‘living heritage.


With that said, don’t be fooled, this is a party.

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June


with Special Guest Guide Stuart of Inspiring City


Starting Point: Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow, AB11 5BY


Saturday 8 | 13:00 / 16:00

Sunday 9 | 13:00 / 16:00


Free, book tickets online


Now celebrating its eighth year, Nuart Aberdeen welcomes an international cast of highly acclaimed street artists to Aberdeen. Using our walls and streets as their canvas, artists produce breathtaking works which range from super-sized murals to smaller hidden gems. Come join us on our first guided tours to include a selection of the new 2024 pieces with special guest guide Stuart Holdsworth, editor of the award-winning street art website ‘Inspiring City’. A regular visitor to Aberdeen, Stuart has written extensively about the Nuart Festival and is looking forward to introducing this year’s new walls.


Tours depart from outside Aberdeen Maritime Museum, taking a route of approximately 1 mile, lasting around 60-90 minutes and will take place come rain or shine. We suggest comfortable shoes and clothing for all weathers!


Inspired Nights X Nuart Aberdeen will also be running on Shiprow so why not come along early or stay for a while after your tour to enjoy some food, drink and entertainment. For more information on Inspired Nights please visit


Please be aware those attending our walking tour are responsible for their own safety during the tour. Roads will not be closed on the tour route and cars/other pedestrians may need to pass. Please exercise due caution when crossing roads and use pedestrian crossings where possible. Due to the location of some of the artworks, tours may take routes down uneven paths and staircases and attendees should be conscious of slip or trip hazards.


All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Children should remain beside parents/carers at all times.


Please note, these tours are designed for large crowds to allow as many people as possible to see the artworks opening weekend. If you would like a more intimate experience, please be aware that tours run throughout the year – visit our website for more information.



Saturday & Sunday 11:00–15:00

For kids aged 3–99



Marischal College, Quadrangle, Broad Street, AB10 1BL


The 2024 edition of Chalk Don’t Chalk could produce the world’s largest single chalk drawing when potentially thousands of children descend on Marischal Square to rewild the quad under the watchful and encouraging eye of artist Molly Hankinson. The gigantic floor-based mural is sure to inject a pop of colour in the Granite City.


This is the third time Nuart Aberdeen hosts the event, and this year’s installation will be larger and more ambitious than ever. Led by artist Molly Hankinson, the goal is to create one of the biggest chalk murals in the world.


The Glasgow based artist will begin work on the mural in the run-up to the festival, while all children will be welcome to participate on June 8 and 9.


Festival artist Molly Hankinson says, ‘I can’t wait to get inspired by Aberdeen’s young people and local community at Nuart’s ‘Chalk Don’t Chalk’ interactive public art installation, we’re we’ll get the chance to collaborate to create one of the UK’s largest chalk murals. I’m looking forward to seeing how much it changes over the festival! I’m so excited to be involved with Nuart Festival for the first time this year, and I think ‘Chalk Don’t Chalk is the perfect place to start!’



at Shiprow


June 7 – 16:30-22:00

June 8 & 9 – 12:00-22:00 Daily



Inspired Nights x Nuart Aberdeen returns to a new location on Shiprow. This open-air food and drink event will be the hub for our festival this year – you’ll find our information point along with a wide array of street food and drinks, fantastic live entertainment and other exciting family friendly activities.


Entertainment programme to be announced – check back soon for more details!


*event subject to licensing approval.

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