Everything you need to know about this year's Yardworks Festival: who you can see, what you can do, what you can eat, and more.
What happens at Yardworks?
Across two days, the concrete playground that is our Galvanizers Yard becomes a mess of colour, creativity and collaboration 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.
Starting from Eastvale Place, and winding in to the Yard, expect to see a blank canvas of railway arches, wall space and boards transformed into a riot of colour by highly skilled artists from across the UK and Europe. From traditional New York style tagging to more contemporary lettering and sign painting, the full spectrum of street art styles will be on show. There'll also be interactive art activities for kids, a baby disco, live art installations, the full gamut of street food, and two galleries, offering you the chance to take home one-of-a-kind prints, posters and more.
What can I eat?
Tons. We'll got a range of some of our favourite vendors lined up, including Nomad Pizza, The Fat Flamingo, Pad T'Aye and Mac Man and the obligatory ice cream van. There'll also be, of course, a fully-stocked bar, not only servicing the Galvanizers Yard, but also on our new outdoors terrace, opening for the first time this weekend. Go through the foyer, up the steps, and get a seat, a drink and a woodfired pizza in what is going to be the city's best new secret sun-trap.
Is it family friendly?
Very. Not only do under 16s go free (no ticket required, just turn up), there's tons on for children. On both days, from 1pm - 4pm, we've got Mini Manoeuvres providing their baby-friendly disco across the Warehouse and our new outdoor terrace — (good) DJs, activities for kids, and a bar for adults. In the Galvanizers, Mia McGregor will be bringing the Europe's largest participatory art project ever, where kids can make their own interactive cube. There'll also be sawdust sandcastles, that you won't need to clean up yourself.
Which artists will be there?
Leading Scottish street artists including Smug, Mark Worst and KMG will be working alongside some of the most celebrated names from around the globe, including Zurik, Bublegum and Balstroem, to name but a few.
Leading Scottish based street artists including Smug, Mark Worst and KMG will be working side by side with some of the most celebrated names from around the globe: Zurik, Bublegum and Balstroem, to name just a few. We're also thrilled to welcome debut festival performances from Mr Cenz and Morf. You can find the full list of over 80 artists on the Yardworks Festival 2022 page.
How do I book tickets?
This year's festival takes place on Saturday 18 June and Sunday 19 June, from 11am-6pm both days. You can book tickets in advance (recommended), or pay on the door. You can book for the Saturday only, the Sunday only, or get properly involved and book a weekend ticket (recommended).
There are some discounts, too: under 16s go free, and if you live in a G3, G11 or G51 postcode, we're offering a reduced price ticket. Book in advance through the links above, or turn up on the day with proof of address. These are communities we're working with on our Yardworks x GRID project, so it's a bit of a special thank you for residents in these neighbourhoods.
Sold. Anything else I need to know?
Get down early, and preferably over both days. One of the most satisfying parts of the festival is seeing murals being built up from a stretch of freshly painted black to a highly skilled final result, watching the layers come together.
Also — if you can't make it to the festival, you'll still be able to get some of the art into your eyes. Take a wander across the west end and see festival-painted boards appearing on the University of Glasgow campus (the corner where it meets Byres Road), across the 27 SWG3 railway arches facing on to the Expressway, at Partick Bus Station, and in our own Yard Life and Acid Bar galleries until the end of July.