Nuart Aberdeen - Herakut's Mural at Aberdeen Market

Nuart Aberdeen makes a long awaited return for 2021

Nuart Aberdeen will return to the city for a Covid-safe series of outdoor events starting in June, and continuing over the summer of 2021. As a result, we can look forward to a full summer of new street art murals around Aberdeen city centre.

Organisers cancelled the 2020 event due to the global pandemic. Also, many had assumed the same would happen this year. However, producers of the event have announced that a return of the city’s flagship street art festival is imminent, albeit in a slightly different guise. In a change from previous years organisers have set a theme for artists to explore; Memory and the City.

Photo by Chris Sansbury

In previous years all the artworks we revealed by organisers over one weekend at the end of April. However, this year, starting in June, one artist will come to the city at a time, supported by Nuart’s local production team. Organisers are hoping that the extended festival will attract visitors to the city in a covid-safe way. This will be the fourth year that the Nuart festival has come to Aberdeen, and hopes are that this could be the best yet.

Nuart haven’t wasted any time by announcing the first artist in their 2021 line-up. Renowned painter Helen Bur is making her way back to the city. The Aberdeen public loved her twin works the now demolished Greyfriars House at the Gallowgate. She’ll be exploring the Memory and the City theme.

We are very exited for Nuart Aberdeen's return to the city. Last year’s cancellation was necessary but a real blow. Also, we’re pleased organisers have re-worked the event in order to avoid massive crowds…maybe we can all get back together next year!


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Check out our previous story about Nuart Aberdeen walking tours. These were a brilliant way to explore the murals, and find out the stories behind them.


Enjoy a splash of colour with a Nuart Aberdeen walking tour

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The Nuart Aberdeen walking tours are a brilliant way to see Aberdeen, and the spectacular street art that adds a splash of colour to our cityscape.

The worldwide popularity of urban art has grown massively since the turn of the century and this is no small part due the Nuart Festival, held every year in Stavanger, Norway.

Since 2001 artists from around the world have adorned the city’s buildings with beautiful and diverse works that have garnered admirers from around the globe.

Photo @notnixon

In 2017, Nuart spun off a new festival in Stavanger’s twin town of Aberdeen, Scotland and each April, artists are invited to the city to work on permanent legal sites which contrast stunningly against the city’s grey granite buildings. An opening weekend of celebrations, talks and events is seen by many as a kickstart to the summer months ahead.

Every Thursday at 6pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 1pm, whatever the weather, Nuart Aberdeen hold free tours of the city centre’s street art. They are fun, interesting and packed full of gossip about the creation of the artwork and the artists behind them. They last about 90 mins and if you haven’t already, you should get yourself, your friends and family along to one soon and discover Nuart Aberdeen!