Arts & Culture

Nicola Sturgeon visits Yorkhill to see how murals have transformed railway eyesore

By Ellen Thomson at

Glasgow’s latest street art installation has been completed.

A series of unloved railway archways in Yorkhill have been transformed with colourful murals.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon was invited to inspect the work and meet the team behind the project.

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Nicola Sturgeon meets the artists behind the project

Twenty-seven artists from around the world were commissioned by Clydeside Initiative for Arts (CIA).

The charity is attached to the arts and music venue SWG3 which is based nearby at Eastvale Place.

The transformation of 200m of derelict arches took three weeks and 700 hours of spraying and painting.

Community gateway

All of the participating artists contributed their time for the project – with supplies being donated by Montana Cans UK.

The murals will act as a brand new community gateway into the Yorkhill area, and as a celebration of SWG3’s commitment to the thriving art of graffiti and mural painting.

Gaz Mac is SWG3’s studio director and a key driving force behind the venue’s charity, CIA Ltd.

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The murals took 700 hours of spraying and painting time

He said: “It was very special to have the First Minister here today to celebrate the completion of our latest Clydeside Initiative for Arts project.

“Graffiti and street art is a growing part of Glasgow’s culture and it’s important that people understand its potential for creating positive change within communities.”

‘Unloved facade’

Mutley, director of SWG3, said: “The pathway along the Clydeside Expressway is one of the gateways to Yorkhill and Finnieston from the river, and also connects the city centre to the west end.

“It’s fantastic to see what was ultimately an unloved facade of arches, brought back to life with these incredible murals.

“It gives you a sense of what lies behind.

“This is the first step in our plans to further develop the area around SWG3 and Eastvale Place, and we’re very excited about it.”

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The first minister tried her hand at spray painting during her visit

The project is supported by the city’s Development and Regeneration Services (GCC), as well as ASB Spray Equipment Service Centre and Brandon Hire Station.