Artist draws inspiration from Aberdeen women for this year’s Nuart festival

Aberdeen’s historic archives are set to be brought to life when a street art festival returns later this year.

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Carrie Reichardt, the first confirmed artist for the Nuart Aberdeen festival, paid a visit to the Granite City this week to explore Aberdeen City Council’s archives.

Carrie Reichardt

The street art festival, which is delivered by Aberdeen Inspired in partnership with Nuart and the city council, will return to the city for a second year from Thursday, April 12, until Sunday, April 15.

Carrie spent Monday and Tuesday this week searching through the archives at the Town House to find out more about the city’s heritage and pick out images which could be developed into a Nuart piece.

The artist, who has been involved in community and public art projects for more than 15 years, hopes to create ceramic installations honouring the “amazing women” in the city’s history.

She added: “This is my first visit to Aberdeen and it’s been great to see the city and a fantastic opportunity to explore the archives to find out more about its rich heritage.

“There’s a wealth of material in the archives to work from which has been great.

“I concentrated on themes relating to witchcraft and the suffragettes and I am looking forward to bringing it to life visually during the Nuart Aberdeen festival.”

Aberdeen City Council holds some of the oldest and most complete set of records of any Scottish urban settlement, which have been recognised by UNESCO for their historical importance to the UK.

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: “The festival’s debut last year sparked the imagination of both residents and visitors alike and we are delighted to welcome Carrie Reichardt to the city as part of her Nuart preparations.

“Our city archives are host to some valuable and interesting aspects of Aberdeen’s history and it’s great to hear they’ve provided inspiration for Carrie to develop her plans for the festival. Nuart proved to be hugely successful last year and we hope to build on that success to help market Aberdeen as a destination of choice to visitors from the rest of the country and beyond.”

Evening Express
16th February 2018