A Complete Glasgow Street Art Guide

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Joining Cape Town, Manchester, London and Vienna as some of my favourite colourful locations, enter the Glasgow street art!

Not going to lie, the street art was one of the key reasons I was excited to visit Scotland. I discovered loads of other things to do in Glasgow but beforehand, all I’d researched was the colourful art.

With various factories and derelict buildings needing a facelift, Glasgow has done what many cities have recently and utilised street art in their gentrification process.

As I do whenever I explore street art, I’ve compiled the pieces into a blog to help you find them, too.

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Glasgow street art guide

You can download a handy pdf from Glasgow City Council’s website to add a little more background to your street art adventure. Enjoy!

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High Street

Man and bird street art Glasgow

The first piece of Glasgow street art I spied was probably my favourite. It depicts who I think may be a homeless man feeding the robins.

This work was completed by Australian artist, Smug. The level of detail is completely mind-blowing especially when you get up close.

Location: 287 High St, Glasgow G4 0QS.

Wilson Street

Commonwealth games street art Glasgow

This badminton-inspired piece of street art was completed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. It’s also right beside Wilson Street Pantry, one of the best brunch spots in the city – just sayin’!

Location: 22 Wilson St, Glasgow G1 1SS.

Mitchell Street

Woman with magnifying glass street art Wilson Street Glasgow

This gigantic mural is by Smug, the same artist who did the man and robin art in the first photo. You can see the resemblance in both size and level of detail.

I wonder if it has a message about recycling as it’s beside a bin area – I’ll probably never know but it’s fun to guess.

Location: Mitchell Street.

Mitchell Lane

Panda street art Mitchell Lane Glasgow

Right in front of the entrance to The Lighthouse (Glasgow’s top modern art gallery) is this adorable panda painting by artist, Klingatron.

Location: Mitchell Street.

Ingram Street

Squirrel street art Glasgow
Highland cow street art Glasgow
Badger street art Glasgow

Any Glasgow guide will tell you to visit Ingram Street car park. It shows all kinds of wildlife found in Scotland including red squirrels and Highland cows.

No surprises for guessing the giant detailed works are by Smug (definitely my new favourite street artist).

Location: Ingram St, Glasgow G1 1DJ.

John Street

Hip Hop street art John Street

I love the contrast of old and new in Glasgow. Right behind me as I took this shot were the elaborate, traditional City Chambers. They couldn’t be more different to this urban, hip-hop-inspired piece of street art by Rogue-One.

Location: NCP Car Park Glasgow Ingram Street.

New Wynd

Space man mural

This spaceman on New Wynd is easy to find as it’s just moments from Argyle Street, the main area for high street shopping. It’s not the most exciting piece of Glasgow street art but I liked the blurring of colours used on the astronaut’s helmet.

Location: New Wynd.

George Street

Mural George Street

This black and white piece of Glasgow street art beside the University of Strathclyde and features alumni and their achievements. It’s definitely one to drum up patriotic Glasgow feeling!

It was completed by Glasgow local, Rogue-One who also did the (totally different) hip-hop image above.

Location: George Street.

Argyle Street

Argyle Street mural

To find the final entry in my Glasgow street art guide, locate the tiny alleyway off Argyle Street labelled ‘Cranston House’. It’s full of Glasgow street art including this woman (is she Katy Perry?), laden with Scottish goods like Irn Bru and Tunnocks Tea Cakes.

Also on Argyle Street you’ll find a cool piece of street art displaying a giant monkey – sadly this was also covered during my stay but it’s just across from Topshop.

Location: 106 Argyle St.

What a colourful city! Hopefully, I’ll visit Glasgow again soon and see any new Glasgow street art that’s popped up. Let me know how you get on during your visit and if you find any other pieces.

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