Nuart Plus is our annual series of academic and industry talks from some of the world leading artists, academic and industry professionals. A dynamic series of talks, presentations, worshops, panel debates, film screenings and more take place in the days before the exhibition opening. Previous guests have included Ron English, Swoon, Saber, Chris Stain, Dan Witz, Brad Downey, Logan Hicks and many, many more.

The events are recorded and made available on our website for research and educational purposes for free. The archive will be developed over the coming years into what we hope eventually gives an important historical insight into the life and times of Street Art.


This year’s Nuart Plus symposium will investigate the role of 'play' in shaping street art and DIY culture. Artists, academics and industry experts come together to explore how the playful element of Situationism, punk, graffiti and street art has been affected by increasing commercial and academic interest in these movements. Is street art and it’s associated media under pressure to justify why we do what we do in light of this growing academic and commercial interest, and, if so, what does this mean for the movement?

(all events are free unless otherwise stated)


17:00 Site Specific Lecture on the streets of Stavanger (check back later for exact location)

Permanent Education (a mural about the beauty of knowledge): A cooperation between Harmen de Hoop (artist) and Jan Ubøe (Mathematics and Statistics Professor, Norwegian School Of Economics).

Lecture will be in English.

21:30 Fight Club a.k.a. the Pub Debate: Should Art Have to Carry a Deeper Meaning?
KÅKÅ, Valberget 3 (

Evan Pricco (Founder & Editor-in-chief, Juxtapoz) and writer Carlo McCormick go head to head for the latest installment of Nuart’s legendary fight club. Flanked by the artists Harmen de Hoop and Bortusk Leer respectively, this no-holds barred contest will pit the profound against the playful in an erudite battle of wits.

Refereed by Eirik Sjåholm Knudsen (Associate Professor, Norwegian School of Economics)


12:00 – 15:30 Seminar: “Situationism, DIY Culture & Street Art” (co-hosted by Juxtapoz and VNA)
Scandic Stavanger City, Reidar Berges Gate 7

12:00 Welcome and introduction
by Eirik Sjåholm Knudsen, leader of Nuart Plus

12.05 Keynote Speech
by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe (Assistant Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, University of Copenhagen)

12:30-13:15 Institutions v DIY culture: who decides what we get to see and why?
What does a growing trend for DIY culture in museum shows mean for outsider movements such as street art? What can institutions learn from the strategies employed by street artists to reach wider audiences? Geir Haraldseth (Director, Rogaland Kunstsenter), Eva González-Sancho (Curator, Oslo Pilot) and the artist Julien de Casabianca of Outings Project discuss these questions and more. Moderated by Henriette Roued-Cunliffe.

13:30-14.15 Jamie Reid in conversation with Carlo McCormick
Jamie Reid is one of the great English iconoclastic artists. Although he is perhaps best known for the deployment of Situationist strategies in his iconic work for the Sex Pistols and Suburban Press, the many strands of his art both continue that work whilst showing us other ways in which we can mobilise our energy and spirituality. Writer and curator, Carlo McCormick sits down with Jamie to take a deep dive into the artistic career of this legendary artist.

14:30-15.30 Culture, the commodity which helps sell all the others
How does commerce and entrepreneurship allow artists to achieve financial success and widespread recognition outside of DIY and institutional culture? What benefits and pitfalls are there to this approach? Evan Pricco teams up with artists Futura and Ernest Zacharevic to investigate these issues.

19:00 – BSA Film Friday LIVE
SF Kino, Sølvberget (tickets available from, 80kr)

Join Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington (Founders, Brooklyn Street Art) as they present their pick of the very best and most recent short films exploring street art and it’s associated movements.


12:15 – 15:30 Seminar: “Play” (co-hosted by Brooklyn Street Art & Arrested Motion)
Scandic Stavanger City, Reidar Berges Gate 7

12:15 Introduction
by Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington

12:30-13.15 Play, from the artist’s perspective
Artists Martha Cooper, Harmen de Hoop and Bortusk Leer illustrate how they approach their craft within the subject of play.

13:30-14.15 The changing nature of play in public space
Martha Cooper, Harmen de Hoop and Bortusk Leer discuss the changing nature of ‘play’ in the public space and the parallels between organised, state-sanctioned ‘play’ and the rise in state-sanctioned street art. Hosted by Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington.

14:30-15.15 The academic invasion of street art: how does it effect playfulness in the movement?
Pedro Soares Neves (Founder, Lisbon Street Art and Urban Creativity), Xavi Ballaz (Founder, OpenWalls Barcelona) and Eirik Sjåholm Knudsen (Norwegian School of Economics) debate the growing academic interest in street art and graffiti, and what this means for ‘playfulness’ in the culture. Presentations and follow-up panel hosted by Marcus Willcocks (Research Fellow, University of the Arts London/Graffolution).

12:00 – 17:00 Trafo workshop with Nafir
Location: Metropolis, Nytorget 1 (

Following the success of last year’s workshop with the Iranian artists Icy & Sot, join fellow countryman and stencil artist Nafir on this in-depth practical workshop for 16-22 year olds. (Please email us to reserve a place)

16:00 Nuart Film Screenings
SF Kino, Sølvberget (Tickets available from, 80kr)

Short Film: Les Bosquets (Directed by JR, 18 min)
Art and social uproar interweave in this film based on the ballet Les Bosquets of New York City Ballet, inspired by the 2005 French suburb riots. A continuation of JR’s Portrait of a Generation, it recalls his experience in the ghetto of Montfermeil using various means of expression and narration: video archives, choreography, and testimony

Feature Film: Banksy Does New York (Directed by Chris Moukarbel, 79 min)
In 2013, Banksy launched a self-proclaimed month-long residency in New York City, posting one unique exhibit a day in an unannounced location, sparking a 31-day scavenger hunt both online and on the streets for Banksy’s work. Capturing this month of madness, Banksy Does New York incorporates user-generated content, from YouTube videos to Instagram photos, from New Yorkers and Banksy hunters alike, whose responses became part of the work itself, for an exhilarating, detailed account of the uproar created by the mysterious artist.

19:00 Nuart Exhibition Opening
Tou Scene, Kvitsøygata 25
In addition to presenting a diverse range of artistic expression within the public sphere, Nuart produces one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions of the year in Tou Scene’s vast beer halls. Join us for the opening on Saturday 5 September!


13:00 Street Art Tour
Meeting point: Tou Scene, Kvitsøygata 25

The first of our weekly Street Art Tours where our Nuart guides discuss the works and the artists behind them as well as some insider and behind the scenes stories. (Approx. 75 minutes)


Please send an email to discuss arranging a private tour of Stavanger's street art!


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