Introducing the Nuart Sandnes Art Trail – Norway’s first official Street Art Trail
To be opened by Therese Hauger, Head of Culture in Sandnes.
The Nuart Sandnes Art Trail is a project brought to you by the team behind Stavanger’s internationally renowned Nuart Festival. It is Norway’s first official Street Art Trail, based on a desire to activate Sandnes city centre through the creation of a series of site-specific murals, installations and interventions.
The artists M-city, from Poland, and Bergen-based Nipper will launch the Trail on Saturday 30 April at 14:00. M-city will be live painting a mural at Storgata 25 and Nipper will initiate a huge game of ‘finders keepers’ by placing a series of site-specific artworks around the city centre that are free for people to take.
Additonal artists will be invited to produce work throughout 2016 and early 2017, with the first phase of the Trail due to be completed to coincide with The National Festival of UKM (Norwegian Youth Festivals of Art) in Sandnes in June 2017.
Nuart is pleased to be advising Rogaland Fylkeskommune on the Street Art programme for UKM 2017 – one of the three main artistic themes chosen for the festival alongside film and contemporary dance. The Sandnes Street Art Trail will run in tandem with the preparations for UKM 2017 and contribute to the building of Street Art competence within the County.
Long term, the Nuart Sandnes Art Trail will be developed with the aim of connecting Sandnes city centre with the surrounding agricultural area to reflect the unique industrial and culture heritage of the region. Residents and visitors will be encouraged to utilize new technology to explore the Trail via the Nuart app, and biking and walking tours will be offered on weekends.
The project is supported by Rogaland Fylkeskommune, Sandnes Kommune and Vitenfabrikken Museum.
Vitenfabrikken Museum will host a two-day workshop for students from Sandnes VGS on 8 and 9 June to teach participants the basic tenets of street art and techniques associated with the movement, from stencils and wheatpasting to collaging and freehand painting, with the results to be presented to the local community.