Painted over Banksy murals to be discovered


The first three works of the artist Banksy that were accidentally painted with the gray color of the emulsion in a Glasgow nightclub to be restored.

The murals, which feature a gun-toting monkey in a tutu and a picture of the Mona Lisa, that were created as part of an exhibition at The Arches in 2001.

However, they were mistakenly covered in 2007, then left after the club went into administration in 2015.

A team of conservators should take five months to discover the works.


Banksy created the works, which also feature the words “Every time I hear the word culture I release the safety on my 9mm” when he was beginning his career as a graffiti artist.

They are shown as part of the “Peace is Hard”, an exhibition in March of 2001, led by Jamie Reid, best known for creating the iconic Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks album cover.

But six years later, and long after Banksy had established himself as an international artist, the murals were covered with the gray of the emulsion during the rehabilitation works at the nightclub.To ‘sell’

When the club went into administration in 2015, the owners had considered the restoration of the murals and selling them to clear the club of debts.

Chris Bull, technical director of the Fine Arts, Restoration of Co (Farco), which is carrying out the restoration, said that the murals were the unique works of Banksy in Scotland with any source.

He said: “The administrators had been sent to the people in the building to see if they could save the works to try and clear some of the debts of the club.

“For some reason he could not understand how to get out of the walls and sell them, for what ended up being the left.”


The new owners of the place, Argyle Street Arches, they say that now you want to save works for the nation.

They have been commissioned by Farco to complete the restoration and have launched a crowd-funding drive to finance the project.’Iron’

Mr Bull added: “It has always been known that they were there. The new owners are delighted to be the custodians of the works. Have a 20-year lease on the building, after which will probably be donated to the people of Glasgow.

“These are the only ones of good faith, of the iron works of Banksy with origins in Scotland.

“For us, the entirety of the project from its very unusual. The place is unusual , the form in which it is funded is unusual.”


Members of the public are invited to view the restoration of living in Argyle Street as the work progresses from Saturday, August 11.

Once completed the works will be put on permanent display.