The number of commissions we receive through Yardworks, whether it’s a high-profile partnership or a one-off piece to hang on someone’s wall, is an indication that things are changing, with the outrageous skill and talent of street arts and graffiti artists being more widely recognised — and celebrated.

Over the past 15 years, SWG3 has been deeply committed to driving forward this flourishing part of Glasgow’s urban landscape, and the community that makes it happen. Thanks to the success of the projects and commissions we’ve delivered — in partnership with Abellio, Network Rail, Glasgow City Council, University of Glasgow and Community Safety Glasgow to name just a few — artists have become increasingly committed to bringing their work to approved sites.

Barclays Bank x Halo

A 24-foot mural made in collaboration with students

Barclays approached SWG3 in 2019 to tell us about an investment programme within the confines of Ayrshire’s Kilmarnock College, and in conjunction with the Halo project. We were given a design brief, which involved working in a new Kilmarnock tartan. Setting to work with some of the colleges local design students, we called on the services of designer, sign-painter and Yardworks artist Ciaran Glöbel. With his own design talents and the creativity of the students, together we created a 24-foot piece that was pre-fabricated at SWG3 before being transported to Kilmarnock for display.

Voyder x Rock Trust

A mural highlighting the issue of youth homelessness

Rock Trust is a charity working with people aged between 16-25 who are affected by homelessness. This significant mural commission, painted by graffiti artists Voyder and Gaz Mac in 2020, aimed to highlight the specific issue of youth homelessness. The aim of the organisation is to ensure that every young person has access to expert youth specific services to assist them to avoid, survive and move on from homelessness.