Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and is a lively and vibrant city, with imposing 19th-century buildings, numerous theaters, the most well-known independent music scene outside the United States and bars of many differing styles from “underground venues” to traditional Scottish pubs. The city’s buses and metro make it easy to explore. Not to be missed is the newly opened Kelvingrove Art Museum, the Victorian Necropolis or delicious local specialties such as deep-fried pizzas. Glasgow is also the gateway to the Highlands and Islands.
In recent years, Glasgow has been awarded the title of European Capital of Culture (1990), City of Architecture and Design (1999). Since 2008, Glasgow has joined her neighboring city, Edinburgh in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network by being named in the Music category. Glasgow has an average of 130 musical events, including pop, rock, Celtic and opera concerts. It has been modernized from a powerful industrial city to a cultural and tourist center.
Urban art, street art and Graffiti are also omnipresent in Glasgow. This largest Scottish city joined London, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester as a city open to this art expression. In short, all lovers of street art must visit Glasgow! It’s full of Street Art treasures !
As like my Bristol guide I hope this new guide will help you organize your stay in Glasgow. I have included the districts to visit, the local artists, the art galleries, the coolest bars, the most fashionable restaurants … Hope it will prevent you many hours of Google research .
Enjoy your stay in Glasgow.
Street Art in Glasgow
Here are the districts of Glasgow where you can discover Street Art and Graffiti artworks.
City Center Mural Trail :
This is a brochure i recommend you download and print which details the artworks to be discovered and a walk to take throughout the city center: City Central Mural Trail
This will enable you to discover one of the most famous artworks of Rogue-One, SmugOne, EJEK, Klingatron, Mark Worst, Guido Van Helten, Ali Wyllie, … Please allow 4 hours to take advantage of this.
John Street : «Hip-Hop Marionnette » by Rogue One
Strathclyde University: Fantastic Mural by Ejek and Rogue-One
Ingram Street : Animals painted by Smug-One. Showing all types of animals found in Glasgow’s parks and green space appearing through what looks like holes in the wall.
Wilson Street : « Badmington » mural by the Australian Street Artist Guido Van Helten
New Wynd : A space man painting by Ali Wyllie
Stockwell Street (Clutha Bar) Artwork by Rogue-One and EJEK
Clyde Street « View of the Clyde » famous artwork by Rogue-One
Howard street and Dunlop Street : « Animal Mural » By Rogue-One
Custom House Quay : fantastic tiger painted by Klingatron
Broomielaw : you’ll see the very famous portraits painted by Smug-One
Mitchell Street : The famous taxi driver by Rogue-One, The Honey i shrunk the kids by Smug-One, and Wind power by Rogue-One
Gordon Lane : the amazing Panda painted by Klingatron
Argyle Street : Animals painted by Smug-One, The boarded-up exterior of a former store on Argyle Street now features interpretations by Smug (Sam Bates) of famous paintings. Van Gogh’s Starry Night, Munch’s The Scream, Dali’s melting clocks and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon are all on display
Kingston Bridge : one of the first murals by Smug-One « the swimmer »
Charing Cross : « crocodile » painted by Klingatron
Cowcaddens Underpass : Dont miss the hand shadow puppetry by Rogue-One
The Barras :
The Barras is a major street and indoor weekend market situated in the East End of Glasgow. “barra” is a Glaswegian dialect word for “barrow”, relating to the market’s early years, where traders sold their wares from handcarts.
For a short time urban art began to settle in this neighborhood. Here you will discover some amazing artworks such as “the young Pirate girl” by Rogue-One, “the merged faces” by Mark Worst, “A hive” by EJEK, …
In May 2017 an urban art festival took place at Yardworks. Here there are several Street Artworks to discover.
Around Maryhill Road :
A short trip by bus from the city center, i’d advice you to walk around this part of the city. You will discover artworks you may have previously seen on many social networks, such as a famous black Panther or a Scottish Dog by Rogue-One and EJEK …
Glasgow Street Art and graffiti Interactive Map:
Street Artists and Graffiti artists Based in Glasgow:
SMUG, RogueOne, EJEK, MissMV, DevotArt, Spore, Gaz Mac, Mark Worst, Ciaran Glöbel, Conzo Throb, James Klinge aka Klingatron, LittleBookTransfers, Chelsea Frew, Barry the cat, Sapien, Barry Neeson, Pearl Kinnear, Seamus Docherty, Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, Spray Prince, Elki Stencils, VuesOner, B-Side, Khush Chana, Katie Guthrie, Marcus Raynal Hislop,Lucy Ferrier, Kerrigan Renniegade, Elph
Click on artist name to access more informations
Fashionable Bars and restaurants:
The main fashionable restaurants, bars and clubs are concentrated in four districts: The West End, which is the student district of the city, Merchant City, near the St Enoch metro with its shops and numerous pubs, Ashton Lane, a festive micro-town within The city, and finally, The City Center, with Argyle Street, Hope Street and Jamaica Street. Another must-see: Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow’s pedestrian hub (When you leave the center of the city, continue through this street to the west, and you will discover a multitude of unusual hotels, bars, restaurants and clubs.)
King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (Bar / Live) : 272a St. Vincent Street. It is the temple of rock music in Glasgow
Oran Mor (Bar / Club) : Top of Byres Road. Without a doubt the most unusual address in Glasgow: Oran Mor is nothing but a church transformed into a bar / club / restaurant.
Sub Club (Club) : 22 Jamaica Street The best underground club in Glasgow and undoubtedly one of the top 10 in the world.
Hillhead Bookclub (Restaurant/Bar) is both slated and lauded as the go-to hipster hangout in Glasgow 17 Vinicombe Street, Glasgow, G12 8BQ
Bloc (Restaurant/Bar/Club) Cheap food and good music, Bloc is for all the rock’n’rollers on a budget. Situated on Bath Street, Bloc offers free entry on all gig and club nights. 117 Bath Street, Glasgow, G2 2SZ
Firewater (Bar) a popular haunt for the indie crowd, Firewater is still a rite of passage for Glasgow-based students. 341 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3HW
Home (Bar) a nice chilled out bar in the heart of Merchant City; it’s spacious with two floors, which is a nice change from some of the underground dungeons-esque bars that litter the city. 80 Albion St, Glasgow, Glasgow, G1 1NY
Street Art Galeries in Glasgow:
Art Pistol is the sort of Art Gallery that the internet, and Glasgow, needs . Giving emerging artists a real shot, and generally promoting the very best of independent UK based artists.
Glasgow street art Photo Gallery :
Here’s a selection of the street art masterpieces you can discover on Glasgow walls .
pictures by StreetArt360 and by courtesy of the artists
Information Source : Street Art 360