Behind the murals: Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng

News 4 months ago, Reading time: 2 min

Talented artists love the canvas that Clockwise at Savoy Tower provides, and we love what they’re doing with it. In the first of a series of articles with the artists that have helped to make Clockwise such a unique place to work, Glasgow-based artist Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng explains how Glasgow’s landmarks and community inspired her work.

Having moved from Belfast to Scotland 12 years ago, artist Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng settled in Glasgow and has spent the recent years creating illustrations and live drawings, taking inspiration from street art and architecture. Following an invitation from Clockwise to help decorate the new workspace in Glasgow, Ursula’s artwork adorns the stairwell rising from the second to third floor.

“When thinking about my mural for Clockwise, I drew on my own very happy memories of the city, exploring the landmarks as well as its lesser-known spots,” explains Ursula. “I find Glasgow a very inspirational setting for my art. Specifically for this mural, the saying ‘people make Glasgow’ really resonated with me, and I used this as my initial inspiration.”

Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng mural Clockwise Savoy Tower Glasgow

Building on the diversity of culture and architecture within the city, the mural combines multiple landmarks intricately woven around the city’s River Clyde.

“I’ve used the River Clyde as a central part of the mural. It runs through the piece, as it does through the city, connected by many famous and recognisable landmarks,” comments Ursula. “You can see William Leiper’s Templeton Carpet Factory, the Doulton Fountain, Barrowlands, as well as illustrations depicting the city’s shipbuilding and sporting heritage.  I have tried to be respectful of Glasgow’s past and celebrate that huge sense of pride felt by those who live and work in the city.”

With the mural highlighting the melting pot of Glaswegian culture, Ursula was keen to capture this inclusive community spirit found in the city.

“The sense of community attracted me into working with Clockwise,” said Ursula. “As a community space that’s rooted in Glasgow, it promotes the best of the Glaswegian spirit. I wanted to reflect the importance of this ‘belonging’, and this feeling of being right in the heart of Glasgow. There’s a great mix of businesses here at Clockwise, of all types, shapes and sizes. They all belong.”

Building on this theme, the hand-painted mural helps make the workspace human and accessible to everyone.  It’s totally unique to Clockwise, and brings a sense of enjoyment and positivity, as well as belonging, to the space.

A video interview with Ursula describing her vision for the mural is available here.

For more details on Ursula Kam-Ling Cheng, visit www.ursula-cheng.com or find her on Twitter at @_Kamling and Instagram at Ursula_kam_ling.