Yardworks Festival 2022
The Yardworks Festival is back. Taking place on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2022, the concrete playground that is our Galvanizers Yard will become a mess of colour, creativity and collaboration once again as urban artists from across Glasgow, the UK and Europe come together to paint, draw, inspire, educate, or just hang out and eat fancy chips.
As well as witnessing live street art being created from scratch, this year's festival will offer interactive creative activities for little ones, community workshops, and a range of street food and drinks to enjoy alongside it all. It’ll also be the largest festival to date, with Eastvale Place closed off and used for painting, and SWG3’s two gallery spaces open with a unique exhibition.
Outdoors in the Galvanizers Yard, global and local artists will be working across numerous walls and boards to create new, vibrant artworks in real time. As well as a host of temporary boards filling the space with colour, prestigious global guests will create murals directly on to the walls surrounding the yard, acting as a permanent open-air gallery for the rest of the year.
Meanwhile, with the festival stretching into the indoor Galvanizers space, as well as a children’s art area with interactive creative activities, Yardworks is thrilled to welcome back Mia McGregor with The Cube installation. One of the biggest public art projects in Europe, with over 23,000 people involved to date, this inclusive, creative project is a chance for people of all ages and abilities to create their own unique ‘cube’, and be part of what will grow to become the world’s largest participatory artwork.
This year's artist list
Aero, AKME, Balstroem, Boiiing, Bonzai, Box Vincent, Bublegum, Charlie Anderson, Ciaran Glöbel + Conzo Throb, COBOLT Collective, Ejek, Ellietype, Eros, Frank Carty, Grad, Hungry Window, Inkie, Jo Curtis Brown, Liam Bononi, Lightbody107, Marcus, Mark Worst, Matt Sloe, Mia Mcgregor, Molly Hankinson, Morf, Mr Cenz, Mul, Outr, Philth, Pie In The Sky, Pledge, Posea, Prefab77, Priestcorp, Rask, Rep, Roadkill, Roberto, Rong, Ronny Oner, Ross MacRae, Siguel, Smug, Snub23, Sophie Mess, Sprite, The Unlikely Painter, This One, Tizer, Tragic O'Hara, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, Voyder, Vues, Wars, Wilma Van Der Meyden, Zurik
About Yardworks Festival
Since launching in 2017, it’s safe to say the word is now very much out, with the annual Yardworks festival now attracting the global elite of the street arts and graffiti scene. Highlights so far have included the graffiti maze (200 metres of super smooth concrete and steel, painted live in front of the audience), Mia McGregor’s global-participation art project Cubes, a talk from author, photographer and subway artist Martha Cooper, and the commissioning of the huge, Classical-art-inspired mural by PichiAvo that you see today in our Galvanizers.
Then there’s the guests. 2019’s international artist list included Smug, Does (Netherlands), Insane51 (Greece), Saturno (Spain), Mr Baker (Germany), Balstreom (Denmark), Wellin (Denmark). From the UK, we had Voyder, Rogue, Mark Worst, Gent, Ziner, Bonzai, Sled, Soda, Curtis Hylton and Philth.
For local artists, it’s a chance to learn from the best, meet their heroes, and get inspired by what people are doing elsewhere. For the audience, it’s a weekend of witnessing murals being created live, from scratch, in front of you, child-friendly art workshops and activities, or just drinking it all in with a pint and street food in hand. For Glasgow, it’s a visual celebration of the city’s artistic ambition, its style, and the importance it places on nurturing — and sharing — the joy of creativity.
Outside of the festival, it puts the city on the map as a stomping ground for international artists, who drop in to SWG3 year-round to mark a piece of our territory in their own inimitable style. For local artists, it represents something absolutely essential to the community: a place to express themselves in a safe and legal space.