NuArt is an annual independent international contemporary street and urban art festival established in 2001. Since 2005 the festival has focussed exclusively on Street Art making the event one of the oldest there is. The Festival is based in Stavanger on the West Coast of Norway.
The NuArt Festival follows the ethos behind the Nu teams desire to provide an annual platform for national and international artists who operate outside of traditional systems. Outsiders if you like. The event aims to stimulate debate by challenging entrenched notions of what art is, and more importantly, can be. NuArt aims to provide an internationally relevant, challenging and dynamic environment for artists, students, gallery goers and public alike, an event that aims to reflects the culture rather than try and define it.
NuArt aims to explore and present new movements and works from within the field loosely termed as “Street Art”. Street art has its roots in situationism, graffiti, post-graffiti, comic culture, stencil and street art amongst opther things. It is without a doubt the most exciting development in visual art for decades. A “movement” that has caught the imagination of the general public, collectors, auction houses and curators the world over.
NuArt consists of a series of citywide exhibitions, events, performances, interventions, debates & workshops surrounding current trends and movements in street art practice by some of the worlds leading practitioners. It’s also has something of a “summer camp” for artists about it.
Street art as a genre has developed significantly over the past few years, and NuArt is a leading festival on a world basis concerned with the task of identifying, promoting and presenting both pioneers and emerging talents within the scene. The artists who attend the festival are among the most acclaimed and progressive public art practitioners in the world.
NuArt continues to pioneer a new breed of art exhibition that is neither institutionalised nor commercial, giving the artists free reign to express themselves to the full. Without the usual restraints of curatorial and corporate preferences, the event consistently brings out the best in its invited guests.
From the second week of September an invited international team of street artists start to leave their mark on the city’s walls, both indoor and out, creating one of Europe’s most dynamic and constantly evolving public art events.