Glasgow's Street Murals

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The Barras

There are several murals in and around the Barrowlands Market, which is much better known as "The Barras".

NS5964 : The Barras Pirate by Thomas Nugent
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'The Barras Pirate', or 'Pirate Girl' is a stunning mural, created by Rogue One. The subject is six year old Lola Murphy from Glasgow.

On Ross Street at Suffolk Street.
by Thomas Nugent



This mural of a tall female, by English duo Best Ever, is situated opposite Barras Art And Design (BAaD) at near Moncur Street. It was created as part of the In Common Festival 2014 project to celebrate the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow. It is one of five murals which were painted on the theme of 'Identity' across the city in July 2014.
NS6064 : Graffiti style mural at The Barras by Thomas Nugent NS6064 : Graffiti style mural at The Barras by Thomas Nugent

Various other murals, old and new, can be found around The Barras.
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This mural on Gallowgate at The Barras was over-painted in May 2017 by the Billy Connoly mural by Rachel Maclean.
NS5964 : Gable end mural on Gallowgate by Thomas Nugent

John Street - Dancing Puppets

Another by Rogue One, featuring two larger than life dancing puppets with a "ghetto blaster".
NS5965 : John Street puppets mural by Thomas Nugent
Dancing in a car park at the corner of George Street.
by Thomas Nugent
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Here is a Link to more geograph photos of the John Street Puppet murals.

Argyle Street - Animal Cafe

A quirky one by Smug, at the corner of Miller Street. This depicts various exotic animals, seen relaxing through the 'windows' of a cafe.
NS5965 : Graffiti style murals on Miller Street by Thomas Nugent
On a derelict building NS5965 : Argyle Street at the corner of Argyle Street.
by Thomas Nugent


NS5965 : Graffiti style murals on Argyle Street by Thomas Nugent

Partick Interchange Murals

A set of three very large sports-themed murals which were created prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Each is painted on a separate tenement gable end and depict the Commonwealth Games sports of netball, field hockey and rugby sevens.

The sports-people featured are field hockey player Nicola Skrastin, netball player Lynsey Gallagher and rugby sevens player Colin Gregor. Each has represented Scotland in their respective sport.

The murals were created by Guido Van Helten who also created the badminton mural at Wilson Street in the Merchant City.
NS5566 : 2014 Commonwealth Games murals, Partick by Thomas Nugent
The Rugby Sevens mural, viewed from Partick railway station.


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Here is a Link to more geograph photos of the Partic Commonwealth Games murals.

The Kingston Bridge

Another set of large sports themed murals related to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
NS5764 : Under the M8 Kingston Bridge by Thomas Nugent
A large swimming sports mural on the north side of the bridge at Anderston Quay (the cyclist is real).
by Thomas Nugent


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Central Station Railway Bridge

Another set of large sports themed murals related to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
NS5864 : Sport murals under Central Station bridge by Thomas Nugent
In preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games which will be held in Glasgow.
by Thomas Nugent


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Also located at the same bridge, but not related to the Commonwealth Games.
NS5864 : Mural on The Broomielaw by Thomas Nugent

At the south end of the same bridge, at track level is a "People Make Glasgow" mural which features various city landmarks in silhouette in addition to the slogan.
NS5864 : People Make Glasgow mural by Thomas Nugent
At the southern approaches to Glasgow Central railway station.
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Glasgow Central Railway Station

Some temporary murals were erected during platform renovation works in 2013.
NS5865 : Glasgow Central railway station by Thomas Nugent
A colourful timeline mural between Platform 8 and Platform 7 which is screened-off during reconstruction work. The mural depicts many scenes and characters related to the station over the past century or so, including John Logie Baird, Benny Lynch and Gene Kelly.
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There is also a ceramic mosaic near the north west entrance leading to Hope Street.
NS5865 : Mosaic at Glasgow Central railway station by Thomas Nugent
At the ramp to the lift at the north west corner of the station.

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Renfield Lane

There are two murals by Rogue One in the lane off Renfield Street, near Glasgow Central railway station. Created in November 2019, one is a very life like image of two young girls (daughters of a friend of the artist), one of whom is blowing bubbles. On the opposite side of the lane is a mural of a French bull dog, which is also surrounded by bubbles.

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The Artists

This section provides some background to the artists whose works feature here, with links to their websites.

Sam Bates aka Smug

Smug is an Australian artist, based in Glasgow. He has created many murals in the city.

Internet Links For Smug
Own website : LinkExternal link (site under construction)
ArtPeople : LinkExternal link
Youtube : LinkExternal link
Facebook : LinkExternal link

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Guido Van Helten

Another Australian artist with work in Glasgow.

Own website : LinkExternal link

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Bobby McNamara aka Rogue One

Rogue One lives in Glasgow and has many murals around the city.

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To my mind, there are two types of graffiti artists the ones who are just vandals and the ones who have an artistic bent in them and want to create something fantastic. - Bobby McNamara (Daily Record newspaper, April 2014 LinkExternal link )

Global Street Art: LinkExternal link
Facebook : LinkExternal link

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James Klinge (aka 'Klingatron')

Glasgow based James reverted to his own name in early 2017. He uses stencils and spray paint in his works.

Facebook LinkExternal link .

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Josef Valentino

Valentino is from West London.

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Ejek

From facebook - "EJEK'S been painting graffiti for the last 17 years mainly in the Glasgow area. His style varies from time to time but mostly he has his own EJEK style as you can see from the photos."

Facebook : LinkExternal link

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Jack Vettriano

Vettriano is not a regular street artist, having been commissioned solely for the Billy Connolly mural on Dixon Street. He is best known for his "Singing Butler" painting, which depicts a butler holding an umbrella above a couple dancing on a beach.

Website : LinkExternal link

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John Byrne

Is not a regular street artist, having been commissioned solely for the Billy Connolly mural on Osborne Street. Also a well-known actor and playwright.

Wikipedia : LinkExternal link

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Rachel Maclean

Is not a regular street artist, having been commissioned solely for the Billy Connolly mural on Gallowgate.

Website : LinkExternal link

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Andy Scott

Not a graffiti artist, but well known for his metal sculptures around the country, most famously The Kelpies near Falkirk. He created the first Billy Connoly mural, in Anderston in 2012.

Website : LinkExternal link

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Best Ever

An English duo from South London with an international portfolio.

Website : LinkExternal link

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