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One of NuArt’s main installations forced to move

Wednesday July 11th 2018 at 10:40 AM


Organisers of Aberdeen’s street art festival NuArt are being forced to move one of this year’s main installations – because they failed to get permission to put it up in the first place.

The Everyday Heroes ceramic gallery – featuring faces of people that had made a difference to the city – will have to be moved from Rennie’s Wynd, next to the Green.

Aberdeen Inspired failed to get permission to put the artwork on the side of the building, currently leased to Kenny’s Music.

Ross Grant, senior project manager at Aberdeen Inspired said: “It’s important to say a fundemental part of the NuArt festival is securing consent of any wall owner and tenants to enable us to proceed with any art projects.

“We have had a lot of positive work with the owners of this particular building and they have given us the good grace, and we’re doing in good faith in return by replacing it.

“So it’s hugely welcoming that they’re giving us the time to put in place an alternative plan.

“At the moment, as part of that alternative plan, we are looking at sites within the Business Improvement District – meaning the city centre. We’re looking at a couple of options.

“We’re very mindful of the need to progress with it quite speedly and information about that will be forthcoming.”

“I think this is just a very unfortunate internal misunderstanding.”

An Aberdeen Inspired spokesperson said: “Aberdeen Inspired were made aware of this internal error with regards to not securing the necessary owner consent for Nuart Aberdeen’s Everyday Heroes installation, and have since been working positively with the owners to come to a solution.

“The public’s reaction to the ‘Everyday Heroes’ installation was incredibly positive, paying tribute to some of Aberdeen’s finest every day heroes and as such the tiling artworks will be carefully and sympathetically relocated from its current site to another city centre location, which is yet to be confirmed, so that the installation can expand and grow.”

The manager of Kenny’s Music branded the mural ‘vandalism’ but declined to comment any further.

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