Graffiti gallery celebrates Glasgow’s street art scene

Yard Life is part of a collaboration between SWG3 and YardWorks to establish a street art district in the city.

A gallery celebrating Glasgow’s street art scene has opened in the city. 

Yard Life, situated at SWG3, is part of a collaboration between the venue and YardWorks to establish a street art district in the city. 

The gallery will feature pieces by street artists whose work has been featured previously at the Yard Works graffiti festival.

Occupying one of SWG3’s archways on Eastvale Place, the first exhibition will display new works by a group of emerging and renowned artists, from sign-makers to illustrators, cartoonists to sculptors. 

Gary Mackay, SWG3 Studio Director and co-founder of Yardworks, believes that Yard Life will offer street artists the chance to showcase their work in a new setting.

“These artists that are on show don’t really get this kind of opportunity,” he said.

“Glasgow’s full of fine art and contemporary galleries, it’s never really had that street presence.

“It’s really going to start to make these young artists realise that they do have a future doing what they’re doing.”

Andrew Fleming-Brown, MD of SWG3, added: “We’re delighted to be launching this new space with a genre that is truly ingrained and part of the walls at SWG3. 

“Our ambition is to create a new Street Arts District and Yard Life Gallery is the first exciting step in these plans. 

“We look forward to welcoming everybody down to experience the incredible variety and talent from the urban arts community.”

The gallery will open Wednesdays to Fridays from 12pm until 6pm.