Manchester’s Northern Quarter is widely known for its hipster alternative and bohemian like culture, it is home to canvas like streets brimming with vibrant graffiti. It is here where many artists visit to share their visions of art with the people of Manchester. The Northern Quarter is teeming with independent cafes, craft beer gardens, vinyl stores, boutique shops, quirky bars, live music and cultural hotspots. So if you are into the quirky lifestyle, the Northern Quarter would be right up your street.
‘The Wall’ Church Street. (Ride Low bike shop)
There is no doubt though however, that the Northern Quarter is a truly magical place due to the striking artwork that masks the cobbled streets. I consider myself to be an art enthusiast, and street art in particular. I find myself continually on the lookout for art wherever I go and am always keen to get a good artistic shot for my Instagram. In Manchester the art is not hidden out of sight, it is wanted to be seen, it is wanted to be rightfully appreciated and truly memorable. In this city the art finds you, I mean it is hard not to notice the great big huge murals painted in pulsating colours on the buildings, you can’t miss them. Manchester is proud of its art, and so it should be but not only is the art aesthetically pleasing but the art also has meaning.
Watch this video of the Northern Quarter
(Full credit to Tuheedz video footage)
The area recently in May 2016, was revamped as street artists gathered from around the world to partake in the Cities of Hope Festival. The Cities of Hope festival is a street art festival that focuses on some key social justice issues by painting inspired murals to raise awareness and fundraising for local charities. The festival took place over a 9 day period and included 9 elite street artists, consisting of Hyuro, Pichiavo, Phlegm, Martin Whatson, C215, Faith47, Nevercrew, Axel Void and Case. It transformed Manchester’s Northern Quarter into a breath-taking spectacle that many now come to visit as a tourist attraction.
Dale Grimshaw’s Globalisation piece. Spear Street.
One of Manchester’s favourite street artists would be Akse. Akse is a French street artist who started painting in 1992 he is well know for his life like portraits of various famous legends.People are Akse’s inspiration. Akses most famous work would be his tributes to the recent deaths of both legends, David Bowie and Prince. The tribute for David Bowie was a part of the ‘Out House’ project. As a Bowie fan myself, I believe this Muriel is a wonderful way of celebrating such an unique and influential musician’s life. The Northern Quarter is home to many independent vinyl shops and indie music venues, and it seems appropriate that the legendary Bowie is a part of the street art landscape.
David Bowie tribute,Stevenson Square.
Prince tribute, Tib Street.
“I stand for Graffiti/Street Art. Spreading my Art on public spaces for the people to enjoy for free, that’s what I love to do. This is my Life.”-Akse for Dr.Martens
(Akse’s video produced by Charlie Watts)
Akse has also recently partnered up with the iconic Dr Martens, to create a mural project inspired by the new ‘Splash Mono’Collection, which can be found on Back Turner Street in the NQ.
“The piece was inspired by the design of the boot. The “slime/splash” and “black & white” were strong characteristics so I decided to play around these features, hence the drips and monochrome composition.”-Akse (http://blog.drmartens.com/tag/akse/)
Watch Akse in action below…
(Akse,video by Bulldog Digital)
Various other street art in Manchester and where to find it.
C215 Warwick StreetWarwick Street
What are your favourite art spots in Manchester, let me know in the comment section.