The City Centre Mural Trail (as funded by the City Centre Mural Fund) continues to receive regular enquiries and attract attention and interest. As we move into 2017, we are still hopeful that a number of mural proposals can be progressed before the end of the financial year, thereby building upon the three murals installed in 2016:
“St Mungo” by Smug, in High Street
“The Musician” by Rogue, in Sauchiehall Lane
“STALK” series of murals by Little Book Transfers, on Charing Cross pedestrian bridge pillars (above)
These murals will help to offset the installations lost in 2016:
“A View of the Clyde” by Rogue, formerly on Clyde Street
“The Five Faces” by Smug, formerly on Broomielaw
In September 2016, officers from DRS City Centre Regeneration team once again provided a series of guided City Centre Mural Trail walking tours as part of that year’s Doors Open Days festival events. Due to the over-subscription of places previously offered in 2015, the number of tours was doubled to ensure that as many interested people as possible could participate.
Looking forward, a new Mural Trail booklet, and smart phone web-app are also currently in development. Finally, the City Centre Mural Trail and Mural Fund project has also been shortlisted as part of the 30th annual Arts & Business Scotland Awards due to take place in March 2017.
Glasgow city centre is a vibrant destination that attracts tourists, day visitors and residents to its wide range of events, attractions, retail and leisure offering.
In 2016 to add to the variety on offer and to enhance Glasgow’s reputation for quality food the City centre embraced the concept of street food with the introduction of Good Food Glasgow events at key locations.
Colourful street food vehicles from operators in central Scotland offered everything from burgers, Umami curries, American baking, French cuisine, Crepes and gourmet sausage rolls to shellfish, fried chicken and vegan baking. Other culinary delights at Good Food Glasgow included Indian, Korean, Mexican and Scottish street food, as well as home baking, ice cream and gluten- and dairy-free food.
The project made a successful debut at two City centre locations: Broomielaw and Brunswick St (Merchant City). Feedback from all parties, and the general public via an online survey and anecdotally has been very positive.
Cate Devine, food writer at The Herald, discussing the opportunity of introducing street food market(s) in Glasgow city centre reported,
“Finally, it appears that we want to join London, Manchester, Copenhagen, New York and other food-forward cities in having showcase for quality cooking in the city centre”
The introduction of street food markets into Glasgow city centre has enlivened and animated the city’s streets. Information of which can be found at www.glasgow.gov.uk or @GoodFoodGlasgow
Look out for more Good Food Glasgow events with an enhanced selection of quality street food traders commencing in Spring 2017.