As we settle into our first major production in 2021 we thought it important to take a minute to appreciate what it means to us and the hard work that’s got us here!
We welcomed Aberdeen native KMG back to the Granite City to help us kick of our Nuart Aberdeen Summer 2021. Katie has been an important part of the Nuart production team since we first arrived in Aberdeen, often travelling up from her base in Edinburgh to help and assist many of the artists who’ve graced the cities walls since 2017. Her energy and humour has always helped to push the production team and the occasional artist and she’s become a firm favourite with the whole team.
Her 7 eyed character Ken was originally painted during a visit to Aberdeen and he’s become something of an icon. Indeed its rare for you to walk down Aberdeen’s Union Street and not to hear a local ask “D’ya ken fit?” which means “do you know what?” or “ken fit like” which translates as “you know what like”. We do wonder what visitors think of our local mannerisms but if “ya ken Ken” then you’re doing alright!
As the emails and paint orders started to come in we took the decision to get to work but without the usual media hoopla. With Covid weighing heavy in everyone’s minds the decision was made to use our local expertise with members of the Aberdeen team stepping up to manage this years productions with support from the team at Aberdeen Inspired and a dedicated studio space in The Anatomy Rooms. As the fishmongers forklift whizzed around outside the factory gate, KMG got to work on the Union Square wall at Palmerston Road. The platform lift whirred into action and the site became a flurry of creative activity as a giant Ken slowly came to life over the course of 6 days!