Although we have lots of wonderful murals here in Glasgow, unlike most other European cities, we don't have any legal space for graffiti.

Next weekend sees the launch of the Yardworks Festival 2017, an International celebration of Graffiti, Street Art and Design, which will be spread throughout the SWG3 Complex with a focus on the new Galvanizers Yard. Showcasing the skills of 25 of the top Graffiti & Street Artists from across Europe and over 50 of the best Scottish Artists to bring this concrete playground to life! 

In addition to the 80+ artists painting live there will be: 
- Street Food
- Bars with Craft Beers
- DJ’s
- Break Dancing Showacse
- Skateboarding Showcase
- Pop-Up Paint & Prints Store
- Specialist Graffiti Workshops
- Creation Station for the Kids (Everyone can try their hand at painting!)

Utilising all the external wall space, a newly commissioned structure and a central maze spectacle you are invited to watch the best in Graffiti, Street Art & Design. 

James Klinge will be working, he is one of the top street artists in Glasgow, having produced some of the city's best loved murals including Tiger Style at Clyde Street.

Most Glaswegians will know SWG3 as a club and concert space but by day it is a thriving hub for artists, filled with studio spaces and workshops.

Slowly but steadily it has progressed over the years with the scale and ambitions of its projects growing bigger and bigger.

Yardworks is one of the most ambitious to date, particularly given the time and money spent on the festival.

“The yard is now basically a massive canvas for the artists, we have rendered the walls, wrapped containers in sheet metal - at no small expense - and every surface will be perfect for the artists to paint on.

Queen Marie