THREE of Banksy’s early artworks at Glasgow’s famous Arches club are to be saved, 11 years after they were accidentally covered with grey emulsion.

Argyle Street Arches (ASA) is undertaking a five-month project to restore the murals, in partnership with London-based Fine Art Restoration Co (Farco).

As part of a visit to Glasgow in early 2001, Banksy’s Peace is Tough exhibition, at The Arches in Argyle Street, saw the elusive artist leave three works inside the venue.

They are of Mona Lisa surrounded by a picture frame and, on her left, a gun-toting monkey sporting a tutu.

Between the pieces are the words “Every time I hear the word culture, I release the safety on my 9mm”.

All three artworks are in poor condition following the accident. Last year it was feared they would be lost forever after administrators announced that financial restraints meant they would not be restored.

The administrators, who took control of the venue after it went bust in 2015, said £8,364 had failed to be raised to save the works.

But now ASA and Farco are working together to save the artworks for Scotland.

ASA’s general manager Scott Taggart said: “We are delighted to be saving these rare artworks for the nation. We’re looking forward to being able to have them on permanent and public display for the people of Glasgow, and Scotland, once again.”

The Arches was £500,000 in debt following Glasgow City Council’s decision to impose a midnight curfew.