Aberdeen’s annual celebration of contemporary art and design, Look Again Festival, opens today and presents new work from internationally acclaimed and emerging artists in locations and sites throughout the city.

Over 100 artists at this year’s festival were invited to respond to the theme ‘New Narratives’ emboldening them to enter new territory and respond to our fast changing world to create work which seeks to re-activate vacant or underused areas of Aberdeen.

Highlights of the 5th edition of the Festival include newly commissioned major site-specific installations from two of the of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists John Walterand Morag Myerscough.  

In another major commission for Look Again Festival 2019, Aberdeen-based writer Shane Strachan presents, The Bill Gibb Line, an interdisciplinary show inspired by the life and career of Bill Gibb – the son of an Aberdeenshire farmer who took the fashion world by storm, with Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger, and Sandie Shaw wearing his designs in the 1970s.

Sally Reaper and Hilary Nicoll, Look Again Co-Directors said: “In this, our 5th year, Look Again lasts longer and extends further than ever before. With amazing participation from well over 100 artists, designers, makers, writers and performers, we really feel we are showing what a great creative community we have right here in the Northeast, and are so pleased to be highlighting this wealth of talent.”

“Our 2019 programme is bold and ambitious, outward-looking and connected, and we’re delighted at the collaborations and partnerships that have emerged and continue to grow through Look Again.”

Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts, Creative Scotland said: “The Look Again Festival makes a significant contribution to the creative and cultural life of the city of Aberdeen.  The programme presents a rich and engaging mix of exhibitions and events, giving everybody the opportunity to take part.  The Festival is one aspect of Look Again’s year round career development programme, which Creative Scotland is delighted to support, generating opportunities that will support and sustain the creative community in the city into the longer term.”

Look Again Festival takes place in Aberdeen from 7th – 16th June 2019. Further information available via lookagainaberdeen.co.uk