Yardworks Weekend 2019

I had a great weekend at Yardworks, the weather for a change was brilliant.  The crowds turned out and the artists working put on a tremendous display.  In addition to the local favourites, many national and international artists created some tremendous work.

There was something for all the family in a carnival atmosphere, skateboarding and art experience for the kids and plenty of street food and bars for the adults, definitely something to add to the diary for next year.

Some of the photographs I took over the weekend can be seen here.


Jim Jimmies Revisited

I had a ‘cracking’ day in town yesterday with my mate Jim.  We were pleased that our efforts at the Kilt walk raised over £900 for Cancer Research UK, not bad for a couple of old guys out for a Sunday Stroll.  We also were able to go over our plans for our coming trip to San Francisco, Vega and New York, deciding what we are going to do with our time there.  After a nice lunch in the Shilling Brewing Co. we headed over to Paisley Road Toll for a beer in the Old Toll Bar and to see how Rogue-One’s latest work there has progressed since my last visit.  Jim hadn’t seen them before and he was very impressed, especially by the one of Mark McManus.

Little doors in Glasgow

Being a wee bit bored today, I decided a walk in the park would brighten me up a little, so off I headed to Pollok Park.  As usual, I had a camera with me and was playing about with photographs of the waterfalls, etc, when I stumbled on a lot of little doors, it turned out to be a Fairy Village, it certainly was a nice way to brighten up a dull part of the park, and it generated a lot of interest for the visiting families with young children.


Kilt Walk Over

Well, the Jim Jimmies have done it, we’ve finished our kilt walk and managed to raise a tidy sum for Cancer Research UK into the bargain.  It was a great day, loads of fun with the rest of the walkers in nice weather, (it didn’t rain on us!).  We really got a sense of achievement when we crossed the finish line.

As usual, when I’m out walking, I come across street art and today was no exception.  There was a nice mural on the walkway alongside the river Leven and a nice big mural by Bobby the Cat on Bombay Jock’s restaurant in Balloch.


Wednesday Wander

As I am still in training for the Kilt Walk on the 28th, I decided to do a bit of walking today. I started off in Commerce Street for a Physio Appointment then headed off to the Old Toll Bar at Paisley Road West, I managed to meet up with Rogue-One and we had a rare old blether, and I got a sneak preview of his current work in the downstairs function room, so far he has finished James McAvoy, Mark McManus and Gerry Rafferty and he was putting the finishing touches to Billy Connolly while I was there.  They all look fabulous, with tremendous attention to detail, and I was told that there are more to come on the other walls in the room, I can’t wait to see the room finished.

While there I was impressed by the friendly staff and the range of good beers on tap, I had a great pint of stout to send me on my way.

Leaving the bar, I continued walking along Paisley Road finishing off in Govan hoping to take the ferry to the Riverside Museum but it wasn’t running so I had to walk back to the Science Centre and crossed the river there.  Lunch in SWG3 then back into town before a pint in the Raven before home.  16k was my final tally so I think I should be OK for the Kilt Walk.

Glasgow North

I had to go over to the north of the city for a physio appointment the other day and while in the area I thought I would visit one of my favourite Rogue-One murals, the Cowlairs Incline, on Endrick Street, just off Keppochhill Road.  That led me on to the corner of Hawthorn Street and Balmore road to photograph another of his pieces I have intended photographing for a while, his depiction of a speedway rider advertising the local team, The Glasgow Tigers.  As it was a nice sunny day, I then took a stroll along the banks of the Forth & Clyde canal where I spotted a nice wee naive mural in a wall near the Ruchill church, I couldn’t find out anything about who painted it and why.

You never know what you will find when out wandering, while at the canal bank, I met 2 young guys who were ‘magnetic fishing’!  Instead of a hook on the end of their lines they had strong magnets, their catch so far that day was a bicycle, a couple of scooters, several bunches of keys and a knuckle duster.  For some reason or other, they didn’t want their photograph taken.

SWG3 Today

I had to visit the homebrew shop in Whiteinch for supplies, so I nipped into SWG3 while I was in the area, the place was busy with loads of metalheads there for the Lords of the Land festival, lots of long hair, leather and torn jeans, and bands I have never heard of, from what I could hear, it was pretty loud music!

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It was good to see some new artwork in the yard, I was pleased to see that Mark Worst has finished the portrait I spotted him starting in January, noticed that Scent is developing his skills and a lot of good work by EJEK with AERS, SMUG amongst others.  It looks like they are gearing up for this year’s Yardworks in May.

Deeply Dippy

I had a busy day yesterday, I originally headed into town to take a dip into volunteering at the International Swimming Centre at Tollcross, my shift was cancelled so I returned to the city centre, where I had a chance meeting with Smug, who was doing a commission piece in Millar Street.  I’m really looking forward to seeing him again at Nuart in Aberdeen in April.

After visiting the Dippy on Tour exhibition in Kelvingrove (well worth a visit), I dropped in on SWG3 before heading back into town for a pre-arranged tour of the Trades House in Glassford Street, this is a very interesting place with loads of the history of Glasgow.  I was there with a group of friends who were receiving an award from The Commonweal Fund.

During my day out I found some new street art, one by a guy called Plague Fisher (aka Craig Fisher) called Glasgow Kiss, which is just a pair of love dolphins, on the side of the BrewDog pub opposite Kelvingrove.

On the Paisley Road

I decided to head down to Paisley this morning to see Mark Worst’s latest piece of work. I was very impressed with the painting of his mate Scott. It’s in a little ‘garden’ area next to Leisureland on the High Street, some may remember his mural with a fox on the same wall.

Walking along Paisley High Street towards Leisureland, I noticed that the Little Book Transfer murals are still there on the empty shops, they can be seen on the LBT page here.

While I was on the Paisley Road I stopped off at the Pacitti Community Gardens to see Rogue-One’s latest work. This spectacular piece attracted plenty of media interest, it was on the front page of the Scotsman, in the Evening Times on Tuesday 19th March and The Metro even covered the story, well earned praise indeed.  Also on Paisley Road West is another nice community mural created by Rogue-One and EJEK using a design created by the local school pupils, as you can see, there was bright sunlight when I took this image, I’ll return later and get a better shot.

I will add all these images into the relevant pages in The Artists section.

Street Art Blues

I was in town yesterday and came across a ‘Climate Emergency’ protest in George Square.  A group of people were trying to emphasise their point by painting their footsteps in blue on the streets.

I was struck with the irony of the environmental impact of the blue paint (water soluble I was told), the blue plastic overshoes being issued, to be disposed of later and the 2 teams of council workers with powered pressure cleaners cleaning up after them.