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Deck the Halls: New Glasgow art exhibition features skateboards as the canvas

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A new exhibition at Glasgow’s SWG3 will showcase artworks created using skateboards as the canvas.

The festive celebration of art and skating will see 34 artists display their work at the venue’s Yard Life urban arts gallery.

Sophie Mess – In Bloom

Deck The Halls has been co-curated by artists James Klinge and Marianne Vosloo, inspired by the creative opportunities created by skateboarding culture, from building communities to shaping fashion.

An original work from London-based Fanakapan, who is renowned for his eye-tricking hyper-realistic style of street art, will feature in the exhibition alongside decks by celebrated street artist and designer Phill Blake (Philth).

Ross MacRae’s Welcome to Hell

Also on display will be the botanical-inspired stylings of Sophie Mess, international “surrealist graffiti artist for the soul” Mr Cenz and an original pioneer of UK street art, Bristol’s notorious Inkie.

The exhibition will also feature some of the most exciting names from Glasgow’s flourishing local scene, including the artist behind some of the most vibrant murals in the city, Molly Hankinson; Paisley-based graffiti artist King Listy; illustrator Ursula Kam Ling Cheng; and Edinburgh-based graphic designer and graffiti artist ElphOne.

Chelsea Frew’s No Wrong Notes

Street artist and SWG3 Yard Life resident Klinge said: “I’m sure there are many who remember the excitement of finding their first skateboard under the Christmas tree.

“There’s the rush to rip off the wrapping paper and get out and skate, but there’s also a moment of pause to stop, admire and appreciate the artwork on the face of the skateboard.

“Since skateboarding as we know it was conceived in the 70s, the artwork featured on the decks has acted as a link between the multifaceted DIY subculture of skating and art.

“In this exhibition we wanted to recognise the skateboard as an important and relevant site for art by removing the decks from their traditional context and showcasing them in a gallery situation.”


Deck The Halls, December 2 – 24 12pm-6pm, SWG3, Eastvale Place, Glasgow