Plan for ‘legal graffiti’ walls to be identified in Glasgow under new pilot

The council is proposing a “series of legal graffiti walls” where “street art culture” can be developed.

Two pilot locations in the city centre will be used for six months and if deemed a success, then other sites could be added.

A wall on the riverside at Custom House Quay on the north bank of the River Clyde, near the suspension bridge is one.

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A council report states it “is an area subject to high levels of graffiti and has in effect been used as an unofficial legal wall for some time”.

The other area is a council-owned car park in the north of the city centre

A wall at the Concert Square car park on Cowcaddens Road will also be able to be used for graffiti.

The aim of the project is stated to “foster artistic expression, community engagement, and urban revitalisation” and “to provide a platform for local artists to display their skills and creativity while promoting a positive and inclusive environment”.

Two arts organisations have already contacted the council about overseeing the initiative.

The council said any graffiti that is outwith the agreed space should be reported to the council or the property owner.

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It has a “targeted approach” for removing sectarian, homophobic, offensive, racist, and explicit graffiti.

George Gillespie, executive director of neighbourhoods, said in a report to councillors: “Street art and graffiti are both forms of visual expression.

“Street art is typically created with the intention of beautifying public spaces, conveying a message, or sparking thought and reflection.

“It often includes a wide range of styles and subjects, from murals and stencils to sculptures and installations.

“Graffiti often prioritises self-expression and may not seek permission from property owners. Graffiti can vary widely in style and content, from simple tags to complex, colourful compositions.”

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