'Playground of colour': Venue transformed for graffiti festival

World renowned graffiti and street artists began work on their pieces, offering a unique opportunity for audiences.

In pictures: Glasgow venue SWG3 transformed into ‘playground of colour’ for Yardworks graffiti and street art festival Yardworks Festival
Yardworks: Street art festival in Glasgow.

A Glasgow venue has been transformed into a “playground of colour” for a two-day graffiti and street art festival.

Graffiti: Yardworks festival at SWG3. (Michael Hunter)Yardworks Festival
Graffiti: Yardworks festival at SWG3. (Michael Hunter)

The Yardworks event is being held at SWG3 over the weekend.

SWG3: One of the biggest street art events in Europe. (Michael Hunter)Yardworks Festival
SWG3: One of the biggest street art events in Europe. (Michael Hunter)

Saturday was the first day as one of Europe’s biggest and best events dedicated to street art and graffiti got underway.

Colourful: World renowned graffiti artists are in attendance. (Michael Hunter)Yardworks Festival
Colourful: World renowned graffiti artists are in attendance. (Michael Hunter)

Sun and blue skies were the backdrop as world renowned graffiti and street artists began work on their pieces, offering a unique opportunity for audiences to watch murals being created live, from scratch.

Yardworks: Crowds gathered on the first day at SWG3. (Michael Hunter)
Yardworks: Crowds gathered on the first day at SWG3. (Michael Hunter)

The venue’s vast outdoor spaces are being transformed with a 200 metre graffiti maze, archways, walls, buildings and shipping containers all acting as the artists’ canvases.

Street art at Yardworks festival. (Michael Hunter)Yardworks Festival
Street art at Yardworks festival. (Michael Hunter)

From traditional New York style tagging to more contemporary lettering and sign painting, the full spectrum of street art styles are on show.

Festival: Even the youngest fans enjoyed their day. Yardworks Festival
Festival: Even the youngest fans enjoyed their day.

The festival at the venue in Finnieston will continue with day two on Sunday with crowds expected to gather as soon as it opens at 11am.

Graffiti: Street artist at festival in Glasgow. (Michael Hunter)Yardworks Festival
Graffiti: Street artist at festival in Glasgow. (Michael Hunter)