Glasgow considers legal graffiti walls amid street art renaissance

Wild-style graffiti in popping bright colours, a bunch of photorealistic roses and a lofty trademark skull by Smug, one of Glasgow’s most celebrated street artists, adorn the outside walls around SWG3, a multi-purpose arts venue based in a collection of warehouses near the River Clyde.

This former galvanisers’ yard is the site of the annual Yardworks festival, one of Europe’s biggest public art projects, and the centre of Glasgow’s street art renaissance. The trend is apparent around every street corner, from the tourist trails taking in the city centre’s popular gable-end murals to the intricate calligraphy of individual tags.