After the massive success of last year’s event, Scotland’s largest gathering of graffiti and street art returns to SWG3 on May 12th and 13th, in partnership with Forty Clothing, Montana Cans and Global Art Supplies Ltd.

Yardworks Festival 2018 is an international celebration of graffiti, street art and design, which will be spread throughout the SWG3 complex. Showcasing the skills of 120 top graffiti and street artists from across Europe and the UK.

We are honoured to be welcoming headliners PichiAvo to the festival. The Spanish artist duo are recognised for their ability to ignite relationships between art, sculpture, architecture, space and social contexts. PichiAvo will be painting the gable inside the Galvanizers - their first mural in Scotland.

We have a number of fantastic masterclasses on offer at the festival, giving you the chance to learn graffiti skills, and tricks of the trade from acclaimed artists.

The headline Masterclass is with legendary Martha Cooper and Nika Kramer – two iconic women presenting the exploits and adventures in photography of street and graffiti art, spanning 4 decades of style and cultures. There will be a book signing and a chance to ask questions.

Martha Cooper is a documentary photographer who has specialised in shooting urban vernacular art and architecture for forty years. In 1977, Martha moved from Rhode Island to New York City and worked as a staff photographer on the NY Post for three years. During that time she began to document graffiti and b-boying, subjects which led to her extensive coverage of early Hip Hop as it emerged from the Bronx. These photos, published worldwide, helped make Hip Hop the predominant international youth movement it is today.

Martha’s first book Subway Art (with Henry Chalfant), has been in print since 1984 and is affectionately called the “bible” by graffiti artists. Her next book, R.I.P: Memorial Wall Art looks at memorial murals in NYC and Hip Hop Files 1980-1984 contains hundreds of rare, early Hip Hop photos. We B*Girlz is an intensive look at girls who breakdance worldwide, and Street Play and New York State of Mind are her collections of NYC photos from the late 70’s. Tag Town shows the evolution of graffiti style from early tags to complicated pieces. Her books, Going Postal and Name Tagging contain hundreds of images of graffiti and street art on postal stickers. Remembering 9/11 captures the variety of spontaneous memorials that sprang up in New York after the attack on the World Trade Center. Tokyo Tattoo 1970, published in 2011 by Dokument in Sweden, showcases photos she took while living in Japan in the 70's.

Martha’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and published in numerous magazines from National Geographic to Vibe. She still lives in Manhattan but travels frequently to urban art festivals around the world. Recently Martha has been documenting street artists painting in Wynwood, Miami as well as shooting an on-going personal project comparing SoWeBo, a neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore to Soweto, South Africa. She is presently working on a book with 1UP, a notorious graffiti crew in Berlin.

Image courtesy of Martha Cooper copyright © 2018: The cover of the 25th anniversary edition of Subway Art from 2009 with 1980 photo of Dondi.

This is an all ages, family friendly event, with activities for all to enjoy: 

  • 1000 meters of graffiti walls
  • Artist Maze 
  • Large scale artworks
  • Kids creative station 
  • Graffiti workshops
  • Face painting
  • Pop up art store
  • Street food and craft beers 

For full artist line-up, masterclasses and ticket information, please visit here


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