Street Art and Graffiti in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Manchester’s Northern Quarter has received a street art 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 Northern Quarter in Manchester by creating street 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.

A Street Art Mural from Faith47 in Manchesters Northern Quarter
Giant mural from Faith47 part of the Cities of Hope festival

Street Art in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

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.

Street Art Locations in Manchesters Northern Quarter

Back Piccadilly

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C215 drew a number of cats around the area
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Tank Petrol

Little Lever Street

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Nightingale Street

Another cute C215 cat

Port Street

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Giant blue tit on the side of a building by Faunagraphic
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Nomad Clan mural
Street Art by the Nomad Clan in the Northern quarter in Manchester
Nomad Clan close up
Street Art by Pichiavo in the Northern Quarter in Manchester
Pichiavo from Spain at the top end of Port Street
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This mural from Chekos is hidden away in the car park between Port Street and the canal

Tariff street

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C215 on tariff street
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Never Crew on Tariff Street

Gun Street

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Mural from Qubek on the side of Manchester Creative Studio
The Guardian of Ancoats street art mural by Mateus Bailon in the Northern Quarter in Manchester
‘The Guardian of Ancoats’ from Mateus Bailon from Brazil

Addington Street

Street Art by Axel Void in the Northern Quarter in Manchester
Alex Void mural on Addington Street

Cable Street

Street art by Case Maclain in the Northern Quarter in Manchester
Work from Case Maclain on the side of Swan Buildings
Street art by Phlegm in the Northern Quarter in Manchester
Work from Phlegm on the other side of Swan Buildings
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Close up of Phlegm’s work

Tib Street

A cute but old little invader piece on the junction with Dorsey Street
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Work from Italian artist Giusi Tomasello
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Prince tribute from Akse

Edge Street

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Edge Street

Brightwell Walk

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Hyuro and Tankpetrol in the Brightwell Walk car park
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Spear Street

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Inkie on the junction between Hilton and Spear Street
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Dale Grimshaw

Faraday Street

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Martin Whatson
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An old invader by the looks of it
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Hilton street

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Bowie tribute from Akse

Great Ancoat’s Street

Faith 47 on a warehouse where the canal meets Great Ancoat’s Street
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Reflection in the canal
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Close up of the work from Faith 47

The Northern Quarter Street Art 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 Liverpool, Sheffield, Bristol, Brighton, London and West Didsbury.


  1. Love the photos..I am searching for some graffiti in Manchester, it is of an eagle’s head in black and white outlined in red and underneath reads “HAPPINESS WILL BE OUR REVENGE”. I really would like to see it for myself if possible, it has much personal significance ..Can you help me find it. I have a picture I can send you

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