Manchester street art – May 2022

My original intention on Sunday was to head to the coast but a look at the webcam for where I wanted to go showed dull skies with lots of grey cloud so I decided to go to Manchester instead even though it’s only a little over a month since I was last there. Now the first train from my nearest station to Manchester Victoria is usually so empty on Sunday mornings that I can almost pick my own carriage but this time it was heaving and I only just managed to get a seat. Speaking to the woman sitting next to me it transpired that the Great Manchester Run was taking place and the city centre would be awash with thousands of runners and spectators, although I didn’t think they would be frequenting the side streets and back alleys I would be wandering round.
Sunday was also the 5th anniversary of the arena bombing when 22 people tragically lost their lives after an Ariana Grande concert and the usual corner of the station concourse contained recently placed photos, poems, cuddly toys and flowers, while festooned along the nearby railings were hundreds of hand crafted hearts made by people from all over the UK and as far afield as New York and Australia as gifts for anyone who wanted to take one or two.
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The #AHEART4MCR group/campaign was set up in the days following the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena on May 22nd 2017. Crafters from all over the globe came together to show their love and support for the city by making handmade hearts, with the group receiving a total of 26,435 which were then distributed throughout the city, handed to members of the public and sent on to the victims’ families. The campaign is run every year and strings of hearts are distributed in various places around the city centre on May 22nd. Each heart has a small ticket attached with the name of the person who made it and where it came from – of the two I selected the dark blue one came from Mary Jane Lennox in Hamilton, Scotland and the light blue one came from Vanessa in Stockport.
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Now although I don’t normally photograph advertisements the first mural I found was so colourful I just had to include it in this collection. Round the corner from this one was a huge mural of Marcus Rashford, whoever he is, advertising something on a double gable end wall; now I don’t know what the guy himself looks like but this mural was seriously ugly so it was one I definitely didn’t photograph.
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Not exactly street art, it was a window poster but I liked the picture
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Round in Thomas Street the wooden hoardings surrounding a derelict plot of land had been given a makeover with a very colourful mural which stretched almost the full length of them and really brightened up that part of the street.
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Unsurprisingly, as it was only just over a month since my last walk round the NQ, I didn’t find much new stuff but wandering round had occupied my time for a while and with no wish to go anywhere in the city where I might encounter hoards of people I made my way back to Victoria station and got the next train home, arriving back just over three hours after I set out.

29 thoughts on “Manchester street art – May 2022

    1. The hearts are all really lovely, and there were so many nice ones it was hard to choose just two. I went for a kitten one as my first white kitten back in the 1980s came from a pet shop in the city centre 🙂

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  1. Marcus Rashford is a Manchester United striker – I am definitely not a football fan but he is someone worth honouring. During the pandemic he shamed the government into feeding kids that usually relied on school meals. He spent a lot of his money and raised a lot more to purchase and deliver food parcels to children all around Britain. He is also someone who faces racial hatred just because he is not white. Not sure which mural you mean, the only one of his in Manchester I know is the one at the end of the gable end of a house done like a BW photo.
    The hearts are a lovely idea x

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    1. From what you say it sounds like he’s a guy worthy of recognition Kate. My opinion is of the mural, not the guy himself – it’s this one –

      https://strettynews.com/2022/05/04/stunning-marcus-rashford-mural-unveiled-in-manchester/

      The black and white one you mentioned is excellent but then it should be, it was done by the very talented artist Akse, whose work has featured several times in my blog posts – he did the brilliant Tom Moore one which was in my April 5th blog post last year.

      The hand crafted hearts are a lovely idea, apparently they were situated in several places across the city centre though these are the only ones I saw.

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  2. I love the mural on Thomas Street but it always saddens me that, in a few months, this will exist nowhere but in digital photos. You have opened my eyes to this form of art – so much talent out there.

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    1. I suppose the artists who paint these things have to accept that they won’t last long before being painted over by someone else. It’s a shame really as there’s so much good stuff which deserves to be permanent.

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    1. I don’t know how many took part in the run but looking at the photos before the start there must have been thousands, plus all the spectators. I didn’t see any of it as the routes went nowhere near where I was but I hope your son didn’t get caught up in it 🙂

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  3. It’s a lovely idea and there were so many really pretty ones. There’s an Instagram page where you can post a photo of the one(s) you took but I haven’t a clue how to do it.

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  4. It doesn’t seem like 5 years ago that the Manchester Arena atrocity took place. It’s good in a way that people haven’t forgotten it, but the Arena will always be remembered for the wrong reasons now.

    There are some good murals here again Eunice, but were you kidding us that you didn’t know who Marcus Rashford was? 😊

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  5. No, I wasn’t kidding Malc, I have zero interest in any form of sport, neither do I watch tv news or read the daily papers so anyone or anything connected to sport means absolutely nothing to me. One thing I liked about my partner when we were together, he wasn’t interested in sport either so we didn’t have to fight over the tv 🙂

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  6. I hadn’t heard of the hearts idea, they are lovely. I too followed the link to the Marcus Rashford mural and it certainly does him no favours! He is a lovely young man – as well as the food activities people have mentioned, he is also trying to ensure that underprivileged kids get access to books. I don’t have any interest in football either, and most players who make it off the sports section into the main news do so for bad reasons, so he is a breath of fresh air.

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  7. It sounds like he’s one of the good guys Anabel, though I think whoever commissioned that mural should be asking for a refund from the artist!

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  8. Interesting post. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to go and see the new Rashford mural. However, it doesn’t matter so much as he is a modest young man and, apart from showing his football skills, keeps his charity work low key, just getting on with it quietly.
    The murals are fab and I agree with a comment above that its a shame they will ‘slip away quietly’ and only remain as a digital photo in the future. You never know though; this photo collection may be worth a pretty penny in future as a snapshot in time!

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  9. The excellent black and white Marcus Rashford mural is apparently in the Withington area and is part of the Withington Walls project – the one I saw in the NQ isn’t (in my opinion) worth going to look for.

    It was suggested a while ago that my photos could be made into a book documenting some of the street art scene in Manchester but most of the murals change so quickly a book would be out of date before it was even printed, though it could work well as a ‘history of Manchester street art’. It would probably cost a fortune to produce though and I wouldn’t know where to begin.

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  10. Some more seriously good Street Art and you are really good at photographing it. At least blogs like yours exist to show the art in real time, and it’s all still there too after the murals have gone. The hearts are a lovely idea and I hadn’t heard of them until I saw this and your Instagram post. X

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  11. I didn’t know about the hearts either until I saw them at the station and read the cards. The tickets on mine say “made with love by xxx, please take me home” – I think it’s a lovely idea 🙂

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  12. I was living in Manchester 5 years ago when this atrocity happened. It is great that they commemorate it.
    I always loved the street arts in Manchester. I used to ride my bike to go to Uni there and some of the walls I was passing by had new street arts every week.
    I was always feeling a bit sad when some amazing street arts were replaced by uglier ones.

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  13. There are some very talented artists out there producing some amazing work. I’ve always thought it’s a shame when really good ones get painted over and replaced but I guess that’s the nature of street art, nothing stays the same for long.

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  14. Such a terrible day five years ago, it’s good that the victims’ memory is kept alive in this way, such a lovely idea inviting passers by to take a heart home to remember them.

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  15. I think the hearts are a lovely idea as a way of remembering the victims and there were so many pretty ones it was hard to choose just two.

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  16. What a dreadful day that was five years ago. I remember well where I was when I heard the news, on holiday sat in a cafe and overhearing the conversation of the people sat at the table next to me. The hearts are a lovely idea.

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  17. I can’t remember where I was when I heard the news about the arena. It’s incomprehensible and incredibly sad to think that those 22 people went to a concert and had a great night not knowing that they would never return home afterwards. I didn’t know about the hearts until I saw them at the station, I think they are a lovely idea. It’s the Manchester flower show over the coming 4-day weekend so I’m hoping I get the time to visit before I come down to your neck of the woods 🙂

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  18. You certainly have a knack at seeking out the Street Art, Eunice. I was in the city the other day and didn’t see anything like as much as you!

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  19. I suppose you need to know where to look Mick. Some of them, like the last one and the ones in Stevenson Square are obvious, some can only be seen from one direction like the first one, while a lot of them are tucked away down side streets and back alleys so you wouldn’t see them unless you had reason to go along those streets. Most of the shutters can only be seen when the shops are shut which is why I always go to Manchester early on Sunday mornings 🙂

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