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    image captionOn Thursday in Abidjan, the main city of Ivory Coast, a woman walks past a mural reminding residents to wear masks and stay safe.


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    As seen on the streets of Manchester: a street art guide


    Or, better, I should say as seen on the streets of the Northern Quarter, as almost all murals can be spotted in this neighbourhood. Once the centre of the cotton industry, nowadays Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the hipster heaven of the city, and the best place to find some great street art. The most spectacular large-scale murals in the area were painted during Cities of Hope, a street art festival highlighting social injustices while raising money for Manchester charities.
    Each of the nine artists who were invited to take part in the street art festival has chosen a social topic to highlight and, therefore, was matched with a local organization to champion their work.




    Well known for his portraits showcasing some of film and TV’s most famous faces, Akse is a French street artist based in Manchester. He painted a portrait of David Bowie as part of the Out House Project, an outdoor project space for public art on a block of disused public toilets in Stevenson Square.
    Stevenson Square

    Still by Akse, is this photo-realistic graffiti portrait of Prince:
    Tib Street

    Axel Void (ES)
    To develop the topic of “existentialism” for the Cities of Hope festival, Axel Void matched with charities working with people with mental health and anxiety issues. This work is titled “Sisyphus”, and it is inspired by Camus’ interpretation of the ancient Greek myth, where Sisyphus’ continual repetition of the punishment that Zeus had inflicted him is related to the human condition in the absurd search for meaning. This large-scale mural depicts a girl, whose smile is forced by someone else, as a metaphor of our search for happiness.
    Oldham Road

    Still by Axel Void is this wall made as a reaction to the painting over of Norwegian artist Martin Whatson’s piece during the Cities of Hope festival:


    Read my interview with Axel Void at Nuart 2016!
    C215 (FR)
    Christian Guémy’s social justice issue at Cities of Hope was homelessness, a topic that is not unusual in his production. The portraits that C215 painted during the festival are both based on photos of homeless people around the world by the Manchester-born photographer Lee Jeffries.
    Tariff Street

    Warwick Street

    Beside these two large-scale pieces realized for the City of Hope conference, C215 left other smaller close-up portraits around Manchester; here are the ones I stumbled upon:

    Case (DE)
    At the Cities of Hope festival, Case’s social issue was disability, more specifically mental health. He worked with the charity “Back on track” and painted a hyper-realistic portrait of one of the people they support in making positive changes in their lives.
    Cable Street (Swan building)

    Chekos (IT)
    This in the only Italian street artist that I’ve found in Manchester! This mural was painted in collaboration with PrintmySoul; it is titled “Lost Border” and it depicts the director David Lynch.
    Port Street (car park)

    Dale Grimshaw (UK)
    Dale took part to Cities of Hope as a special guest. Here he realized one of his iconic, tribal portraits, which is dedicated to those fighting for independence in West Papua.
    Spear Street

    Ema (FR)
    Florence Blanchard painted a long mural characterized by her iconic geometric patterns and curvy shapes. Ema’s abstract style is directly inspired by her training as a scientist and depicts molecular landscapes questioning our idea of visual perception. This mural left me with a floating sensation as if I were moving through the sea.
    Tariff Street

    Faith47 (SA)
    For Cities of Hopes, Faith 47 chose to support gay rights by painting two men kissing. This mural perfectly fits her latest personal project, whose title (7.83 HZ) is inspired by the frequence of the inaudible atmospheric heartbeats of the Earth. This project is about the overall reverberation of our collective actions as human beings, and it is made up of moments of raw intimacy on walls, instants of connection between us such as this kiss.
    Great Ancoats Street

    Faunagraphic (UK)
    This piece was commissioned in 2011 by Converse as part of the Wall to Wall project. Sarah Yates is an illustrator focusing on topics of environmental awareness. She is well known for mixing graffiti with graphic design and taking inspiration from nature, especially from birds, which are her favourite subjects, as we can see in this large-scale mural depicting a large blue tit.
    Port Street

    Hyuro (AR)
    Still part of the Cities of Hope festival is this mural by Hyuro, whose social justice issue was “war children”. This intimate work shows how the artist is currently exploring a new imaginative universe, which expands beyond the social issues connected with being a woman, the topic she worked through in the past years. This wall is aimed at giving voice to the lost innocence of all children who are unable to live the childhood they deserve. I couldn’t help appreciating that, while Hyuro’s style is becoming more detailed, her surrealist sensibility is still at the core of each and every piece.
    Brightwell Walk (car park)

    Martin Whatson (NO)
    For Cities of Hope, the Norwegian street artist brings up environmental issues by painting one of his unique and very recognizable murals that mix grey monochromatic characters done with stencils and bright coloured graffiti. Here, he gives context to a chaos of tags spray painted in many different shades of green by adding a stenciled man who is drawing the leaves onto a tree.

    Mateus Bailon (BR)
    His artworks are inspired by nature, animals, and the connection between human being and nature. His artistic imaginary is inhabited by fantastic creatures, especially birds, such as in “The Guardian of Ancoats”, the mural at the entrance of this former industrial neighbourhood that borders with the Northern Quarter.
    Gun Street

    Still by Mateus Bailon is this other vibrant large-scale mural depicting colourful and incredibly detailed birds:
    Port Street (car park)

    Nevercrew (CH)
    At Cities of Hope, the street art duo highlighted immigration and integration by painting a huge quartz that little featureless people are trying to climb. The quartz is a metaphor of how often the central aspect of something isn’t immediately visible. Like a simultaneous vision, quartz’s twofold nature shows us the difficult conditions experienced by refugees. Through their unique, surreal imaginary the artists encourage us to think about boundaries, which can be physical as well as emotional.
    Tariff Street


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    This work of art has recently been completed in the Northern Quarter of Manchester..

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