The Big Yard

Legal graffiti wall in Derby, United Kingdom


Massive abandoned city centre plot - all buildings demolished and only the perimeter walls remain. Had a jam there with 50+ painters and they didn't come close to filling the place out. Have heard the landowner's not fussed & know from personal experience that the local PCSO definitely isn't. Overlooking neighbours & anybody that walks through are all sound too. Easy, obvious access from the public footpath that cuts across the land. Paint also available locally at 420 Skatestore. Should be obvious, but take your cans away with you - or at least burst them!

Bumped into 3 suits from the council down here a week or so back. They were there to check something else out and were amazed at the quantity + quality of the graff there. They all agreed they had no problem with the use of the space, and that they were quite happy for it to continue :>

Amazing huge plot with not even every panel painted over. Some really good quality pieces. The area is at least as big as 2 football pitches.

place is going stronger then ever before!

90% of the place is now fenced off while the old building foundations are being torn up (although it is still sound to paint the remainder). The school that's meant to be going up there has had intitial planning permission turned down but it's quite possibly the end for the place.

Months after the ground was cleared and fences are down with nobody fixing them or on patrol.

It is an alright spot as long as you're not going over a certain few individuals. The crowd pleaser and the 'caretaker' think they own it. Not a good place if you want to finish your piece before it's all online, not for your benefit but to boost their page ratings only. Do be careful if you do come here though, the local smackheads use the grounds to do their thing so there's dutty sharps everywhere and some unsanitary items laying about.

This spot is mostly all redeveloped now. There is a small part of it by the footpath that remains usable and the breezeblock walls on the neighbouring derelict warehouse are safe too. Re the bizarre previous comment, I have no idea what their axe is to grind. As the guy who got the ball rolling on the place, and who was dubbed "the caretaker" by some of the first people to use it, I managed the site as well as I was able - I put in the groundwork and the maintenance there. Never claimed to own it but I did try to keep it safe - removing "dutty sharps" etc - and encouraged anyone to paint there that was willing to make half an effort. No idea what they're on about regarding photos of unfinished pieces either. I run a Derby graff page on Facebook and only ever post completed works on there. Fucking weirdo, lol.

Whats left of it is safe to photograph / paint

Lovely safe spot, a man came up to me and gave me a lovely blt sandwich whilst i was taking sone photos, i blacked out after eating it though and awoke in what can only be described as a sex dungeon, after fighting off 3 men i escaped

Is this wall still safe to paint?

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