Back in Town Again

I got my walking shoes on again and over a couple of days I wandered around Glasgow to see what pieces of street art I could find, and I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by the amount I found.
My first walk was a regular for me, from the bottom of Byres Road, and it’s lanes where I photographed a couple of older murals, one by The Rebel Bear created at the start of the pandemic and a fun poster by Conzo & Glöbel on the side of De Courcy’s Arcade , I then headed up to Great Western Road, and walked along to Charing Cross via Georges Cross. A stroll along Sauchiehall Street to Renfield Street and then on to Stockwell Street to get the bus home.

I must admit to a couple of stops along the way, the first was at the Inn Deep Bar where I had a refreshing pint before photographing some of the nice artwork there, mainly from Frodrik and Negative Destination, whose works greet you as you enter from Great Western Road.

Back on Great Western Road again I came across a well decorated electrical junction box painted by Negative Destination, something I would love to see more of, and a colourful mural by Molly Hankinson on Woodlands Drive.  At Charing Cross, in addition to one of  Oh Panda‘s Big Heids, I came across a bright and busy mural by Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, appropriately called Love on the wall of a bridal wear shop.

On Sauchiehall Street I found another of Frodrik’s monochrome hands.  My next stop was for lunch in another of my haunts , The Raven on Renfield Street before a stop in Buchannan Street to capture Conzo & Glöbel’s fun poster in one of the lanes next to Princes Square.

After being lazy over the past while and missing out on my daily walks, I was certainly quite tired by the time I reached home, but I was glad that I had started again, so much so that I have another walk I have complete to post with more photographs, so watch this space.

Yardworks Mini Fest (& more)

On Sunday, 1st of August, Yardworks held a mini event in the Yard to showcase some of their engagement with local communities through interactive workshops and digital design with young people. During the weekend and for some time beforehand, various local graffiti artists, writers and street artists have been involved, painting mind-blowing large productions and stand-alone walls in the yard and on Eastvale Place itself. The face painting, music, food, drinks and interactive artworks on a large screen all made for a great day out.

In the Yard we had workshops teaching kids to paint on a huge Yardworks sign, assisted by the SWG3 crew including Frodrik and the Guzler, there pieces by The Notorious Gasoline Company, with posters created by Ciaran Glöbel, Tragic O’Hara and Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng at the from recent Workshops held as part of Yardworks Govan on display, Ciaran’s posters, displaying his signwriting skills, highlighted Govan and it’s working class history. Tragic O’Hara’s posters however showed some Heath Robinson-esque elaborate machines built to achieve simple objectives. Ursula’s monochrome posters represented messages of the unity and kindness displayed by many of the Govan female role models such as Mary Barbour and Louisa Jordan.

On Eastvale Place many new works were taking place during the day, there are a couple of good collaborations with one from Frodrik and Mack Colours, who have worked with each other in the past (see linked video), and another from Lightbody107 together with Box Vincent, in both cases the collaborations works well with each artists work complementing the other.

On one wall seven artists, including TKO and Boss City Taio, worked together to create a spectacular display demonstrating how well their individual style can combine to produce harmony.

Individual pieces by King Listy, Alko187, The Guzler and an outstanding wall by James Klinge which tells the tale of Cleopatra seducing the Roman General Marc Anthony by dissolving a pearl from an earring in a glass of wine and then drinking it to demonstrate her indifference to riches.

It all helped turn the street into a riot of colour.

The (rather poor) panorama below should give an indication of how colourful the street looks at the moment, as you can see, there are some blank spaces, so watch this space. While in Eastvale Place it’s always good to pop into Yard Life the urban arts gallery for Glasgow’s street art community where you will find large-scale prints, tiny objects, scrawled illustrations, aerosol masterpieces, and art of all shapes and forms, all designed and created by artists with street art and graffiti roots .

Back on the street again

Once I had recovered from my month long stint at the EUROs, I headed back into town to see if anything new had appeared on the city walls, as usual I was not surprised to find some gems. There was a nice portrait by Frodrik hidden behind some bins in a doorway on Hope Street, I quickly removed the bins, took my photograph and replaced the bins, I then cut down Bath Lane heading to the Raven when I spotted a nice piece by Negativedestination, quite a new and prolific artist on the Glasgow scene, his colourful work is instantly recognisable.

My wanderings then took me to the Broomielaw via Mitchell lane where I stopped for a pint in Bar Tabac, to find a new work next to Klingatron’s Glasgow Panda, I admit that I don’t know who the guy with the headphones is or who painted it, but it is very good. I was also impressed with the little portrait on the walkway on the Broomielaw, it was a pearl that stood out amongst the tagging and graffiti taking over the area, again, as yet, I don’t know the artist who created it.

My next trip out saw me stopping off at the Barn at the Crossroads in the Gorbals to see a brilliant new piece by EJEK98 who paints there regularly and holds art classes for the kids who attend, this piece which Danny describes as ” This mural depicts the second asteroid floating in space with a highland coo relaxing, soaking in the space springs, surrounded by bonsais and magical botanics”.  Again I was surprised to see another colourful work by Negativedirection.  I did notice that a lot of the walls around it were cleared and painted white, I wonder if they are getting ready for some new work by the kids.

Then it was up to Shawlands to see if there were any additions to the Shawlands Art Trail, I wasn’t disappointed, at the back of the Shawlands Arcade pupils from Shawlands Academy were hard at work on two nice murals depicting an underwater scenes, when asked, their teacher explained that their theme was to highlight diversity and strength, something they see in Shawlands every day. It was good to see Gazmac, Frodrik and Mack Colours there to lend a hand and to provide guidance where needed. Just along the road from them at the car park entrance Boiiing was creating a colourful piece with lyrics from the old Will Fyffe song “Bonnie Wee Jeannie McColl” The square in front of the Langside halls was also brightened up with the presence of two giant yellow deck chairs and some of the street furniture were given a makeover by @alicesillustrations, one explained a bit of the history of the halls and how it was dismantled, moved from the city centre and reconstructed on its present location in 1902-03.

I went back down to Shawlands later in the week to see a couple of nice images by a pair of guy who are starting to collaborate more and more these days,  Frodrik’s signature monochrome on gold was evident in his pair of hands at the corner of Minard Road and Pollockshaws Road, while another of Mack Colours fantastically colourful birds was on display further along Pollockshaws Road opposite the bowling club.

Art on the streets once more

Now that things are starting to open up again and the weather has improved a bit, I got out with my camera to capture some of the newest artwork appearing on Glasgow’s wall, I was spoiled for choice.  My first stop was the Viceroy bar at the Paisley Road Toll where Rogue One has certainly brightened up the beer garden, there is even some room for his pets.

I then crossed the river to SWG3 a favourite location for Glasgow’s street art fans, again I wasn’t disappointed, especially with the opening of it’s new gallery “Yard Life”

Out and about on the street also threw up some new pieces, one from Frodrik in Sauchiehall Lane , near Rogue One’s Guitarist was particularly striking.  The Rebel Bear continues to entertain me, this time in the Candleriggs with his falling couple, on my way towards my bus I passed that famous Glasgow landmark where a Katie Smith has created a nice piece on their boarding, it’s just a shame that it is a temporary piece, once on thew southside I headed to the Rum Shack on Pollokshaws Road where I found another of the Southside’s BLM murals by King Listy, this time of the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. 

There won’t be much time for street art this month as I’m committed myself to volunteering at the EURO2020 being held at Hampden and the Fan Zone in Glasgow Green, once things quieten down I’ll share some photographs from the event.

Shawlands Art Trail ~ Again

I was in Shawlands on Sunday to visit the Park Lane Market and while I was there I caught up with local lad Gregor Henderson working away at the back of the Shawlands Arcade.  I liked what I saw of the unfinished piece so I had to go back to see and photograph it today.  The mural is of a view of Queens Park and the text is an extract from, ‘Grey’ a poem by Scotland’s first poet laureate, Edwin Morgan. The poem in full can be read here.

Gregor Henderson

The updated Trail Map can be visited here.

Clutha Vaults 2021

I know I may be a bit late posting these images taken at the Clutha Vaults in Glasgow, but due to lockdowns, it was over a year since I had ventured into that part of the city. It was sad to see the old portraits go, but as they had deteriorated so much it really was time for them to change.

The new ones, the Glasgow Faces, were added in July 2020, by a band of Glasgow’s talented artists, namely Ejek, Michael Corr, Little Book Transfers, Claudine O’Sullivan, Michelle Campbell, Rogue-One, Coll Hamilton, Jody Kelly, Christian Kerr, and Robotic Ewe, they all certainly add a great deal to the Bridgegate corner. One that really caught my fancy was Michelle Campbell’s clever geometric portrait, when I looked at it straight on all I could see were random shapes, looked at through my camera the face appeared, it’s spectacular.

It was also good to see Rogue-One’s portrait of Charles Rennie Mackintosh sporting his face mask. My only disappointment was that the pub was shut.

Shawlands Art Trail – Updated

I took another trip to Shawlands today to catch up with some new pieces added since my last visit and I wasn’t disappointed, the final blank space on Shawlands Continental wall on Frankfort Street was painted over with a nice cartoon image from PizzaBoy, whilst at the rear of the Shawlands Arcade, BoxVincent applied his wonderful calligraphy technique to two walls with a quote from local Shawlands lad John Martyn’s song ‘May you Never’, ‘Love is a lesson to learn in our time’.

There was much excitement on Kilmarnock Road outside ORO whilst I was there, especially when the school let out, as TheLocaleJoshua and BossCityTaio were painting a giant gorilla they’ve named ‘King Kovid’, this sculpture is being prepared for ORO’s full opening, it certainly is colourful.

I have updated the Mural Trail map to add these locations, the map is here.

Shawlands Art Trail Walking Route

To enable visitors to the Shawlands area, I have created a route map showing where the artworks are situated, each of the pieces are show on the map with a red camera icon, clicking on the icon displays the mural, I have also included the locations of the previously created works.

The route map can be found here.

Shawlands is a revitalised area of Glasgow with an urban vibe. There are a wide range of bars, cafes and restaurants sitting alongside a diverse collection of independent stores to entertain and refresh you during your visit..

Shawlands Art Trail

The sun shone, (most of the time) and the crowds were out in Shawlands at the weekend, I don’t think many were aware that it was the start of work on the Shawlands Art Trail, a project which kicked at the weekend, but it was great to see some familiar faces out with their paints adding colour to Shawlands Streets, I also got the chance to meet some artists I had never met before.

The project, organised by My Shawlands, has been assisted by Gaz Mac from SWG3’s Yardworks Project, as usual, Gaz’s skill in this type of project has been invaluable, he was much in evidence over the weekend supporting the artists.

The artists working this weekend were Chelsea Frew at the side of Betty Beans at Trefoil Avenue, Lightbody107 at Ruby Woo’s on Deanston Drive, while Molly Hankinson, Little Book Transfers, Bosscitytaio, BmoreSketchy and MackColours were all working on the wall at the side of the Shawlands Continental supermarket on Frankfort Street. Meanwhile, Jenny Booth, Jennie Bates and Cocozza Aesthetics were painting away inside the Shawlands Arcade. Barry the Cat, a regular artist in the area was to been seen painting with Sapian on the old bothy next to the Camphill Bowling Club on Langside Drive, their floral piece, full of colour certainly brightens up a dull old building.

As this is only the start of the project, which will eventually see around 35 separate works of art on the blank spaces of the neighbourhood, it will be exciting to see it fully develop.

Regular updates on the project can be found

While I was in the area I took a chance to visit some of the murals already there, especially the 2 in the lane next to Jodandy’s Cafe one painted by Barry the Cat to commemorate the first Black international football player, Andrew Watson, who began his career in Glasgow. Directly across from Watson’s portrait, is a portrait by King Listy of Pelé, who is widely regarded as the greatest player of all time.

I then revisited the Park Lane Market where it was good to see some murals that had been added since my last visit, especially the one by London-based artist Louis Masai highlighting the plight of orangutans

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Getting back out again

With the weather turning brighter and lockdown being eased slightly, I decided to venture out last week with my camera to see if there was much happening on the street art scene.

My first stop was of course Yardworks at SWG3 where I was not disappointed, I discovered some new pieces by some of my favourite artists, Mark Worst, Rogue One, Chelsea Frew, Artisan Artworks, Conzo & Globel and Smug. This time around though there were some very good pieces by new, to me, artists such as Molly Hankinson, Lightbody107 and David Speed UK.

On the way home from the SWG3, I ventured further towards the East End stopping off at The Barra’s to see the Cobolt Collective’s new foot high mural inspired by Douglas Stuart’s winning novel Shuggie Bain, featuring the line from the book “You’ll not remember the city you were too wee, but there’s dancing. All kinds of dancing”. I then found a newish piece on the side of Barras Art and Design before heading to Dennistoun to capture Conzo & Global’s iconic Visit Dennistoun sign.

A short trip down Abercromby Steet then took me to the stunning and colourful mural by Mark Worst depicting St Thenue, the mother of Glasgow’s patron saint St Mungo, located on a gable at the bottom of the street.

Mark obviously studied the life of St Thenue before starting work on the mural, as he has added many features with strong East End connections. The shawl which St Thenue is wearing features 29 motifs in the fabric – in recognition of the nearby Templetons carpet factory disaster in 1889 when a wall collapsed onto a weaving shed killing 29 young women and girls.

Mark Worst – Abercromby Street

Crossing the river back to the South Side, I came across a nice mural by King Listy, incorporating drawings from the Govanhill Youth Club, representing the importance of the younger generation in the fight against racism. The mural is located at the new Govanhill People’s Pantry on on Carfin Street at Cathcart Road.

My next stop on the way home was at Lochleven Road at Battlefield Road, where a ‘Barrowlands’ themed mural has appeared on the side wall of the Common Ground Café, created by @scottishgraffitimurals, it certainly bring a bit of colour to the area. Just along the way at Battlefield Avenue is a mural tribute to the NHS on the side of the All Floors Carpet shop, I don’t know who painted that one.

That’s all I’ve got for today, during the weekend I was drawn to Shawlands where I took plenty of photographs, I will upload them later in the week.