Duke of Wellington joins the Glasgow Mural Trail at Sloans bar

Are ye dancin

A new piece from Glasgow artist Conzo Throb, in collaboration with Art Pistol and Ciaran Globel, has popped up at the entrance to Sloans bar and restaurant, just off Argyle Street – the newest addition to the Glasgow Mural Trail.

After completing their awesome Billy Connolly murals around the city, the new murals from Art Pistol Projects were inspired by another of the city’s most recognisable sights – the Duke of Wellington… and he’s joined by some pals including a giant teacake, a gallus pigeon and a bottle of Irn Bru.

The colourful mural, across two walls in the tunnel leading to the courtyard of Sloans, sees the Duke of Wellington’s statue asking ‘Are ye dancing’ to a feisty blue-haired busker in a nod to the famous Sloans ceilidh that takes place every Friday night in the venue’s ballroom.

Are ye askin

This is Conzo’s first piece for the Glasgow Mural Trail and shows off his distinctive comic book style – with a bit of Glasgow patter thrown in for good measure.

Oli Norman, co-owner of Sloans, told Glasgowist: “Conzo’s new mural’s brilliant – it’s cheeky, full of fun and adds loads of character to the Lane. The Glasgow Mural Trail is bringing something really cool to the city and it’s exciting to be part of it. We’ve already had loads of folk coming down to grab a picture with the Duke and we’re sure it’ll become a destination in its own right.”

Ali Smith from Art Pistol Projects added: “These guys have got super skills and it’s great to see their styles amongst the city’s mural scene – especially in such an iconic location that’s almost hidden in plain sight. ”

A GCC spokesperson said: “We welcome this fantastic new installation to the City Centre Mural Trail which adds another focal point to the city centre, helping to promote it to a wider national and international audience.

“Conzo has a style which is uniquely identifiable yet which works well within the scope of the award-winning project, capturing the essence of the quirky and imaginative concepts already on offer. Not only does it help to brighten the area, but it does so in a way which is very much in line with the traditional Glaswegian ability of not taking ourselves too seriously.

“As a result, we’re sure viewers will form an instant connection to it and that it will further demonstrate the welcoming and attractive nature of the murals which continue to provide an exciting, alternative reason to visit the city centre.”

Further information regarding the City Centre Mural Trail, including electronic versions of the newest companion booklet can be found online here.
Alternatively, free hard copies of the booklet are currently available at the following venues:

Sloans is Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant and dates back to 1797 when it was a coffee house in Morrison’s Court. Twice a week a stagecoach would leave the court bound for Edinburgh.

Fast forward and it’s now one of the city’s best loved hidden gems – and home to Sloans’ beer garden, plus the Sloans Market which runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11 – 5, the famous Friday night ceilidh in the ballroom and the Scottish Macaroni Appreciation Club (SMAC).

Conzo - Sloans Lane