Yardworks Festival brings the world’s top graffiti artists to Finnieston for third year

By Ellen Thomson at

A two-day international celebration of street and graffiti art is returning to the West End.

Yardworks Festival will take place at SWG3 on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12.

It is the third successive year that the multi-discipline arts venue has hosted the event.

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Weekend: the third annual festival takes place on May 11 and 12

The festival makes use of SWG3’s buildings, surrounding streets, walls and railway arches as their canvas.

Around 120 world-class artists will take part, including leading Scottish artists Smug, Rogue One and Mark Worst.

The venue’s sprawling outdoor Galvanizers Yard is the city’s largest legal graffiti site.

More than 700 metres of wall space will be transformed with displays of vibrant artwork over the weekend.

Running alongside Yardwork’s live graffiti will be a number of workshops and music performances.

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Canvas: the venue’s Galvaniser’s Yard is the city’s largest legal graffiti space

For the kids, visitors can look forward to a ‘creation station’, skateboarding lessons and graffiti workshops.

A host of street food vendors and cocktail bars will also be put in place to cater for the crowds.

Gaz Mac is SWG3’s studio director and Yardworks Festival organiser.

He said: “Since our humble beginnings a few years ago, Yardworks Festival has grown into a respected international platform for many of the world’s most creative street artists.

“This year’s Yardworks is our most ambitious yet and we are hugely excited to return bigger and better, with an incredible programme of art and events for all to enjoy.”

‘Cement’

Mutley, founder and director of SWG3, said: “SWG3’s Yard and Eastvale Place leading down to the venue, is increasingly being recognised as Glasgow’s Graffiti Quarter.

“We hope that this year’s Yardworks will help to further cement that reputation, while also building relationships between artists and the community through the creation of high-quality public art.”

Last year’s Yardworks Festival attracted more than 5000 people from across Scotland and beyond.

This year’s event is supported by Forty Clothing, Montana Cans, Moritz UK, Slaters, Global Art Supplies & Clan Skates.

Yardworks Festival tickets event go on sale today priced from £5.00 for daily entry (under 16’s go free).

Tickets are available from SWG3’s website: https://swg3.tv.