Helen Bur, UK

The first artist to be announced as part of the line-up is renowned UK artist, Helen Bur, whose dual mural disappeared as part of the demolition of Greyfriars House on Aberdeen’s Gallowgate in late 2020. Her return to the city will see her explore the festival’s theme of “Memory and the City” as she takes on a prominent city centre wall. Wielding brush, roller and masonry paint to create larger-than-life works on walls, Bur’s work can be found across the world including in Germany, Spain, Norway and India.

Bur is one of several UK based artists who will come to the city over a six-week period to create works that explore the festival theme. Unlike previous years, when all the street art is created within a week, the production period has been extended and the artists’ time in the city will be staggered.

View more of Helen's work here.

KMG, UK

Hailing from the silver streets of Aberdeen, KMG is a Scottish based artist who has been creating character based outdoor artwork for over a decade.

Reflecting her curious nature, her work explores and confronts themes that range from the mundane to the precarious and is often of a subversive nature. Characters are used as a means of connecting with the public and engaging them in dialogue around ignored or overlooked issues that exist within society. A combination of youthful enthusiasm, tempered with a healthy smattering of defiance, imbues her work with a sarcastic and raw tone, whilst remaining playful and often raising a comforting smile.

By placing her art in public places, KMG aims to encourage the passer-by to pause in a moment of reflection and connectivity. Her work provides an avenue for communicating moments of shared vulnerability, protest or mischief.

View more of KMG's work here.

Fanakapan, UK

Fanakapan is a self taught London based street/ graffiti artist -since the early 2000’s. Fanakapan’s painted 3D effect street art of mainly balloon-based / reflective subjects will stop you in your tracks, they allow him maximum opportunity to demonstrate his superb free hand skills, use of shadow & reflective highlights to make his work seem to pop off of the surface!

What stands out most about Fanakapan’s work on the street is that beyond the immediate and overwhelmingly impressive aesthetic dynamic, the pieces usually also allude to larger messages & hint at more acute aspects of Fanakapan’s personality. Fanakapan has painted worldwide with his highly technical free hand style. His ever evolving ideas intended to amuse or entertain the thoughts of the viewer.

View more of Fanakapan's work here.



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