Yardworks Festival 2018 … Spanish street art duo set to transform 50ft wall at SWG3

By Ellen Thomson at

More than 120 graffiti artists from around the world will descend on Glasgow this weekend.

Yardworks Festival 2018 is Scotland’s largest event dedicated to graffiti and street art.

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Spectacle: the Yardworks Festival is at the SWG3 Warehouse in Yorkhill

SWG3 will play host to the two-day festival fresh from hosting the launch of Glasgow International.

Yardworks 2018 will see more than 1000 meters of wall space transformed into a live canvas by visiting artists.

The central focus of the weekend’s event will be the creation of a large-scale mural by world-renowned Spanish street art duo PichiAvo.

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The team – famous for blending classical art with cutting edge graffiti – will transform a 50ft high wall inside the SWG3 complex.

The works will then be open to the public until September.

SWG3’s studio director and resident graffiti artist is Gaz Mac.

He said: “In recent years, Glasgow has become a major player in the UK street art scene.

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“The city boasts over 100 artists, but – ironically – offers little legal space for artists to practice their skills.

“That’s where Yardworks comes in. Not only are we offering a legal canvas for local artists, but we’re bringing the wider international community together to share and showcase their skills.”

He added: “The hope is that the Yard at SWG3 becomes one of Scotland’s most visited creative landmarks and a ‘hall of fame’ for graffiti and street art – not just in the UK, but internationally.”

As well as plenty of live art, the event will feature a number of graffiti workshops, an artist maze, creative stations for kids.

Yardworks Festival 2018

Families: the festivals includes graffiti workshops, an artist maze, and creative stations for kids

There will be face painting, a pop up art store, as well as street food vans and craft beer bars.

Spray can brand Montana will also throw open its doors to its new on-site store in an elevated shipping container.

Graffiti enthusiasts can stock up on the brand’s full range of professional paints.

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Space: the warehouse is a great venue for live music and street art workshops

Yardworks 2018 will take place on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May.

* The event is free for children and dog-friendly. For tickets and further information, please visit swg3.tv