Following last year’s FREEDOM issue, this edition of Nuart Journal explores the theme of LOCKDOWN, and the ways in which researchers and artists have responded to the challenges we’ve encountered over the last year.

The issue will be available both online and in print on May 1.

The articles in Nuart Journal’s LOCKDOWN issue illustrate the productivity of the unexpected creative alliances we have forged in the face of this particular moment in our collective history.

"An Abundance of Loneliness",  Edwin, London, March 2021. Photograph courtesy of Edwin.
“An Abundance of Loneliness”,  Edwin, London, March 2021.
Photograph courtesy of Edwin.

Nuart Journal’s bubblegum pink LOCKDOWN edition contains 13 original articles, including John Fekner’s ‘Revisiting The Detective Show’. This piece links us right back to Gorman Park in Queens, New York, 1973 – a quiet intervention compared to contemporary street art festivals, and one which connects us with the productive restrictions COVID-19 has placed on organised urban creativity in 2020–2021. This issue also features Nuart Journal’s first dual language article — María Fernanda López Jaramillo’s close examination of the history of chapeteo, a style of graffiti writing from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

While many at the start of 2020 thought, perhaps naively, that the madness the entire planet is going through would be over in a matter of months, one year on we are slowly becoming aware that this is only the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. Until we get there, we can take solace in the knowledge that street artists across the globe will no doubt continue to be at the forefront of social, political, and environmental change, and will one day reconvene in Stavanger and Aberdeen to reignite Nuart Festival’s interrupted twenty-year tradition.