Belgian Street Artist Jaune, stencil art in Stavanger, Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

The city of Stavanger has in recent years become one of the must-visit European street art hot spots for some of the freshest street art and mural artworks. 

Located on the western coast of Norway, and known to many as the energy and oil capital of Europe, Stavanger has slowly been gaining recognition globally for the cities art and culture and is now considered one of the world’s leading destinations for street art by fans and enthusiasts.

Tall ship in Stavanger, Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Street Art City Guide to Stavanger

This coastal city with its 18th and 19th-century wooden houses seems an unlikely location as a leading destination for street art, but this city host works from some of the leading practitioners of the street art movement.

The explosion of street art across the city is for the most part a result of the annual NuArt Festival. Founded by Martyn Reed in the early 2000s, the festival started life as a sister festival to the NuMusic electronic festival also run by Reed.

The Stavanger NuMusic festival ran for 15 years with NuArt running alongside the music festival until 2015 when Reed shifted his focus to other projects, launching a gallery in Stavanger and a second sister edition of the NuArt Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2017.

Our first visit to Stavanger and the NuArt Festival was back in 2014 and we were delighted to re-visit the city again this year during the most recent edition of the festival - invited back on this occasion by Visit Norway and Region Stavanger to explore the cities street art and take in some of the countries breathtaking nature, culture and gastronomy.

White Wooden Houses in Stavanger, Norway. Photo © Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Stavanger's NuArt Street Art Festival

Each year the annual NuArt festival invites a selection of international and national street artists and muralists to create artworks in Stavanger, both outdoors on the streets and indoors in the form of a large-scale exhibition at the Tou Scene space, a former beer brewery now used as a multi-functional space for Contemporary Arts.

With the festival organisers attempting to locate new walls for each edition of the festival, a large number of works from previous NuArt editions can still be seen around the city. Some are weathered by the coastal climate, and others still looked surprisingly fresh considering their age.

Works from as far back as 2008 are located right across Stavanger - from the city centre to the Harbour and further afield there is plenty of quality Stavanger Street Art to be discovered.

Download a copy of the Stavanger street art map at the bottom of this post, before you set off either by foot or bike should you want to cover more ground. 

We suggest following the map on foot as it will allow you to explore some of the historic parts of Stavanger while also seeking out street art.

The Nuart festival traditionally takes place around the last week of August / first week of September — we suggest checking the NuArt festival website if you want to plan your city visit during the festival.

Stavanger Street Art - Dabs & Myla Mural

LA-based artists Dabs and Myla's mural is located in Stavanger city centre.

Stavanger City Centre Street Art

Unlike some cities where street art is focused in one or two areas in the city, you can expect to find street art right across Stavanger including the city centre.

Wander around the cobbled pedestrian streets of the cities centres shopping district and find works by Norweigan street artist Martin Watson, US artist NDA Streetart, Dabs and Myla,  Logan Hicks, John Feckner,  UK street artist Ben Eine, JPS, SPY, Niels Shoe Meulam, Ernest Zaxharevic, Slava Ptrk and Belgian Stencil artist Jaune.

Be sure to look up and down too when walking around as there are a number of altered street signs by New York-based artist Dan Witz still to be seen and miniature concrete-looking tower blocks by German stencil artist EVOL who transformed a number of the street-level electrical boxes.

Visit Øvre Holmegate named Stavanger's most colourful street where all the buildings have been painted in vibrant colours, here you will spot some beautiful life-size wheat-pasted work from New York street artist Swoon plus works from artist David Choe.

Stavanger Street Art - Ben Eine Typographic Street Art Mural in Stavanger, Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

London street artist Ben Eine's typographic mural work from the 2012 edition of the NuArt street art festival and still going strong.

Views of Stavanger Harbour in Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Stavanger Harbour

A short stroll from the main shopping streets and you will find yourself at the equally colourful Stavanger Harbour. As the 3rd largest Norwegian cruise port it's not uncommon to see supersized cruise ships docked right in the heart of the city.

The port is also the jump of point for cruises to the spectacular Lysefjord and Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) which are just an hour’s boat trip away from the city.

Walking around this part of the city you will find street artworks by street artists DalEast, Futura, Faith47, Nick Walker, Ampparito, Jaune, Martin Watson and Sandra Chevalier.

One of the many supersized cruise ships docked in the Stavanger harbour in Norway

One of the supersized cruise ships docked in the Stavanger harbour.

Street Artist Faith47 Mural in Stavanger, Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

The work of South African street artist Faith47,  painted in Stavanger for the 2013 edition of the NuArt Festival.

Spanish Artist Isaac Cordal, Street Art Sculpture, Stavanger, Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Isaac Cordal — The Belgian-based Spanish artist's work can be found right across Stavanger. The small sculptural works are often installed high above eye level so be sure to look up when walking around the city.

Stavanger Street Art - ROA whale Mural

This large blue whale is one of two large street art mural works in Stavanger painted by Belgian street artist ROA who visited the city in 2013.

Stavanger Street Art- Icy + Sot Mural

Icy & Sot in Stavanger, Norway. 2017

Norway Street Art, Stavanger - Herrakut Mural

The work of German duo Herakut in Stavanger, Norway. 2017

Norwegian Street Artist Pole Stencil work in Stavanger, Norway, Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Pøbel meaning hooligan is a pseudonymous Norwegian street artist based in Stavanger. This lifesize stencil work was sprayed back in 2010 with fellow Norwegian artist Østrem who we believe painted the pieces' letters is starting to slowly fade as the elements whether the paint on this piece.

Polish artists ETAM Crew Mural in Stavanger, Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Polish duo ETAM Crew painted this large-scale mural titled “The first day of school” back in 2014 and is still looking fresh.

Street Art at the Tou Scene Space

Location: Kvitsøygata 25, 4014 Stavanger, Norway.
This former brewery and now contemporary art space is where the NuArt Festival team are based during the festival and the location of the large-scale indoor exhibitions staged during the festival.

The NuArt Plus Symposium is also held at the venue with a series of talks, presentations, workshops, panel debates, and film screenings.

You will also find a large number of street artworks in and around the Tou Scene space as well as on the building itself.

Expect to see work from French stencil artist C215, John Feckner, Strok, Bahia Shehab, Icy and Sot, Spanish artist Isaac Cordal, Eron, Escif, ±MaisMenos±, Outings Project, Slava Ptrk and Portuguese street artist AddFuel to name a few of the artists who have left their mark on the exterior of the Tou Scene building.

Stavanger Tou Scene Event Space

Street Art Beyond Tou Scene

Take a wander a little bit further out past the Tour Scene space and you will discover some stunning murals and street works by Australian artist Fintan Magee, Spy, Henrik Uldalen, Hyuro, Borondo, Ricky Lee Gordon and Know Hope amongst others. Check the map for these locations.

Fintan Magee Street Art Mural in Stavanger for Nuart Festival

Australian artist Fintan Magee painted this work titled ‘Monument to a Disappearing Monument' for the 2016 edition of the festival. Magee spent two weeks working across the two 50m silos on this dual mural that is one of the largest works to date created in the city.

Update: Fintan Magee "Monument to a Disappearing Monument" is sadly no more as the silos have been demolished since our last visit and the land has been redeveloped.

ALIVE' mural work by artist SPY in Stavanger, Norway.

"ALIVE' is a work by artist SPY in Stavanger, Norway.

Mural work by artist Henrik Uldalen in Stavanger, Norway

Henrik Uldalen in Stavanger, Norway. 2017

Add Fuel, Street Art Mural. Stavanger, Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Portuguese Street Artist Add Fuel

A new addition as of 2017 to the Stavanger Airport in Sola just outside the city. The mural features the work of Portuguese artist Add Fuel who was invited by the NuArt team to add his work to the two existing street artworks that greet you on your arrival at Stavanger Airport. Add Fuel's mural is a rework of the traditional ‘Rosemåling’ patterns taken from the Rogaland region in Norway.

Stavanger Street Art Map

If you are planning to visit Stavanger in Norway, the team at NuArt have created the Google map below which will help you track down the exact locations of all the Stavanger street art around the city. 

Street Art Tours in Stavanger, Norway

Street Art Tours in Stavanger

While the street art map we have shared is a great way to navigate your way around the city and locate the street art and murals, sometimes it’s good to take a tour and hear the history and stories behind the works.

Nuart runs 90 minutes private tours for groups of all sizes and ages taking in the works both little and large from the festival across the city. 

Private street art tours start from 3000NOK for the first 15 people, plus 100NOK for each additional person with the tours available in both English and Norwegian.

To arrange a tour get in touch with the Nuart team via email Tours are available in both English and Norwegian.

Stavanger Street Art Picture Gallery

Axel Void, Street Art in Stavanger Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

Axel Void in Stavanger, Norway.

Street Art Mural in Stavanger, Norway

Martin Whatson and Sandra Chevalier collab mural in Stavanger, Norway

Martin Whatson collaborated with Sandra Chevalier in Stavanger, Norway.

Ernest Zacharevic Mural in Stavanger, Norway

This fun cross-stitch mural pictured above is the work of artist Ernest Zacharevic, who took inspiration from Norwegian knitting patterns.

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Portuguese artist Vhils mural in Stavanger, Norway

This wonderful work by Portuguese artist Vhils is a little tricky to locate, it took us three visits to track this piece down, exploring all the side streets and laneways. Be sure to save a copy of the Stanvager Street Art which will help you locate all the works featured.

“Sofia and the mountain”, mural by Street artist Nimi in Stavanger, Norway

Titled “Sofia and the mountain”, the mural work above is that of Norwegian street artist Nimi.

ELLA and PITR, Street Art in Stavanger Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

One of a number of large works painted by French street artists Ella & Pitr in Stavanger, Norway. 2017

How and Nosm, Street Art Mural in Stavanger Norway. Photo ©Mark Rigney / Hookedblog

How and Nosm are twin graffiti artists Raoul Perre and Davide Perre from New York City. Pictured is a mural they painted in Stavanger, Norway. 2017

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*Visit Norway and Region Stavanger kindly hosted our Stavanger trip, but all opinions are as always our own.