Manchester’s Northern Quarter has received a makeover as street artists from around the World descended on the city to take part in the Cities of Hope festival.
The area was already a good little spot to see street art in the city but since Cities of Hope, a number of giant murals have appeared which would rival some of the best in the country. What’s more they are all only within a few minutes walk from Piccadilly station.
The festival sought to transform an area of the city by creating art which would focus on some key global issues. The artists were then asked to create murals which were inspired by those issues which ranged from environmental issues to world conflict and the tragedy of child soldiers. We’ll cover more about this in a separate post.
Artists such Argentina’s Hyuro, South Africa’s Faith 47, Spain’s Pichiavo, the UK’s Phlegm and Dale Grimshaw, Norway’s Martin Whatson, France’s C215, Switzerland’s Never Crew, and Germany’s Case were all invited to take part. The works would join pieces from the likes of Mateus Bailon, Tankpetrol and the Nomad Clan who already had pieces in the area.
So anyway, this post features some of the work created for Cities of Hope as well as some of the pieces created beforehand and not only that we’ll tell you where to find them too. A good wander around the Northern Quarter should take around two hours and it’s only a short walk from the station so below are some of the streets you should visit and the art that’s there at the moment.
Little Lever Street
Great Ancoat’s Street
The Northern Quarter of Manchester was visited on the afternoon on 10 June 2016 and all pictures were taken on the same day. The Cities of Hope festival happened between 21-29 May 2016. To explore the street art of other cities in the UK click on the links to take a look at the art of Sheffield, Bristol, Brighton and London.