NUART x ATTENDE : SOCIAL INCLUSION THROUGH STREET ART

A brand new mural project that brings together the often socially marginalised of Attende with students from Kannik Skole and the city to promote diversity and inclusion.

Internationally renowned mural artist Smug joins forces with Nuart and Attende for a Social Inclusion Through Street Art project that we hope will inspire action and change. Between 2000 and 5000 people with disabilities in Norway are currently waiting to get a job at a well-organized workplace similar to those offered by companies like Attende. The project aims to bring attention to the value creation that people with disabilities contribute through their work by creating a monument for inclusion in society. 

"We are always implementing new ways to tackle prejudices associated with our employees," says Marianne Wiig, CEO of Attende AS. "It is a misunderstanding that these individuals cannot contribute to value creation in society. Nuart and Attende's Social Inclusion Through Street Art project aims to remind us that this group can, and should, also be chosen as actors in the workplace."

Martyn Reed, Nuart Festival Founder, says:

"We are honored to be working with Attende and helping in providing a platform to make visible those issues and people that, for one reason or another, often become marginalized from day to day life in the city. We all live a poorer life unless we truly celebrate and learn from the rich multitude of voices, cultures and communities that make up our society. Embracing diversity, increasing access to the arts and stepping out of our safe zones is key to building a fairer, more empathic, resilient and smarter city. Attende and Nuart recognize that Art has work to do beyond the borders of the institution and hope this project acts as inspiration for a positive change in how we perceive and engage with the marginalized."

*Join us on Thursday 5th October from kl1700-1900 for the launch of the project and a free guided tour of the 'RISE UP!' exhibition at Tou Scene, Kvitsøygata 25, 4014 Stavanger

Why Kannik?

Attende considers schools as ideal partners as they can influence the attitudes that students should bring into their adult lives. "We have many of the same challenges in a school environment where everyone must be included, and in relation to the school's focus on citizenship, we are very pleased that the work is painted on one of the walls of the school building," says Rector Finn Lea. In addition, Attende AS and Kannik are now discussing expanding the cooperation with concrete activities such as lectures and school assignments that extend beyond the Nuart Festival period.

About Attende AS

Attende AS employs approximately 330 people who would otherwise exist without a meaningful work life. Many of these individuals work in Attende's large and varied industrial production, which contributes significantly to the region's economy. Attende's main shareholders are the Municipality of Stavanger, the Municipality of Sandnes and Rogaland County Municipality.

About the artist

Known for his photorealistic style, Smug aka Sam Bates, is an Australian street artist of great skill. Using nothing but spray cans, he has built an international reputation for mastering the difficult task of making highly technical pieces on large-scale walls the world over.

With a background in graffiti, Smug respects the tradition of letter writing but choses to focus on photorealistic characters that provide the opportunity to incorporate humour into his work.

Born in a small Australian town about three hours from Sydney, Smug now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.

For more information, please contact James Finucane (E: james@nuartfestival.no; M: 93667046)

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