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Hilton House, Port Street, Northern Quarter

Hilton House, Port Street in Manchesters Northern Quarter

Like many of the mural locations in Manchester, Hilton House is one of the many location which has a changing mural. This is the third I think.

Port Street is located behind Newton street and if you walk away from Piccadilly gardens down Newton street, Port street is an off shoot side street.

The current mural depicts scenes from the areas Cloth making and preperation which made this area of the city famous.

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Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Street art in the Northern Quarter and an anti lockdown protest

Sunday was a funny old day as I went into Manchester to have a walk round and photograph some street art/grraffiti in the Northern Quarter of Manchester and Beyond.

Stay at Home, Essential Travel OnlyIt turned out to be a funny old day however.

As most of you will know I live in a small village which has a beauty spot right in the middle and after the traffic and number of people here last weekend and on saturday, despite the rain, and also the number of folk down on the canal I thought, Sod it lets goto Manchester, it will be quieter and at least there is something interesting to look at.

Off I drive to Manchester and first thing I notice on the way up the M6 is the number of signs declairing “Essential travel only”, nah! Fuck off! Essential Travel, what’s thats then? Is it essential to drive to work? Is it essential to drive to a place of exercise? Define essential?

Anyway, I was half expecting to get pulled by the Police as during last lockdown this happened several times and the motorways are very quiet indeed today.

I arrive safely in Manchester and deposit my car in one of the car parks which are quite full despite, “LOCKDOWN” and don my rucksack with my photography gear and head over to the Northern Quarter. First stop is Eastern Bloc cafe for a cup of coffee, as Mikki not function properly without coffee in the morning.

Off we go, Chante and I, on a walk round the city centre in search of interesting things to photograph.

First is the Serenity mural which is located just off Stevenson Square on the back of the Police Museum. Sometimes called the Red Lady mural it marks the Suffragettes movement who used to gather in Stevenson Square over 100 years ago.

Quick walk around the corner onto Faraday Street and we have the Birds by Mateus Bailon, a brazilian born artist. I love the colours of this mural. Its very vibrant greens, purples and blues on a black background.

Just up the road is the Ian Curtis Mural which is on what is commonly known as the Zig Zag house because its got yellow and black Zig Zags painted on it but on the other side of the house is Curtis portrait.

I took a slight detour up to Ancoats to see the Faith47 mural which is fooking massive and is over 6 stories high. Well worth a look as driving past doesnt do it justice. The bridge infront of this mural goes over the Rochdale canal and theres a very cheeky painting underneath the bridge 😉

lady in red dress

Red Lady Mural

Birds Mural, Faraday Street, Manchester

Birds Mural

Ian Curtis Street Portrait

Ian Curtis Mural

Faith47 on Ancoats

Faith47 Mural

The next few hours were spent aimlessly walking round the Northern Quarter and photgraphing the street art, graffiti and numerous stickers around the area,

Protests in Manchester Piccadilly Gardens

It was fairly quiet in Manchester City Centre until mid afternoon when a protest started in Piccadilly gardens.

At first there was a few hundred people but as the protest walked round the city this turned into a few thousand and thats despite what the news and media channels say.

I was there and I firmly doubt the BBC sent a reporter out and were more than likely relying on what the protesters posted on Social Media. I also note the BBC says that Police officers were injured! I also doubt this, from what I saw this was a peaceful protest and what I saw in Piccadilly Gardens, on the march and at the end down on Deansgate was all very pleasant. Whether something happened thereafter is unknown to me.

I understand why these people where protesting< I do and those who say “Its not right” need to give their heads a wobble as if we ban the right to protest then surely were on a rocky road to a police state, or worse.

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
Evelyn Beatrice Hall

Serenity mural, the red lady mural

Serenity mural, the red Lady Mural, a tribute to women who stand against injustice,

I love the red lady mural, which is located behind the Police Museum in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Its real name is Serenity and its a tribute to women who stand against injustice, which is very apt as its on the back of the Police Museum.

From Stevenson Square if you head down Little Lever street you cannot fail to see the red lady mural as its on the back of the Police Museum and is some 3 stories high.

There is lots of other street art and graffiti in this area so its well worth a mooch around the backstreets of the Northern Quarter.

the red lady mural, Serenity
the red lady mural, Serenity
the red lady mural, Serenity

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Photo date: 08th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

On the sixth day god created Manchester mural

On the sixth day god created Manchester mural

The “On the sixth day god created Manchester” mural is located on the side of the Waldorf Manchester Pub and Restaurant on Gore Street just off Piccadilly.

Its not quite in the main Northern Quarter but its closeby.

This mural depicts Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam“, which illustrates the Biblical creation narrative from the Book of Genesis in which God gives life to Adam, the first man.

The land the mural is on is fairly run down and I would expect its ear marked for redevelopment. Maybe!

on the 6th day god created manchester
on the sixth day god created manchester

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Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Manchester Bees Mural

Manchester Bees, Oldham Street

The Manchester Bees mural is on the side of the Koffee Pot cafe and takeaway on Oldham Road in the Northern Quarter of Manchester.

This beautiful mural is a tribute to the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Murdered but never forgotten. Rest in Peace.

  • Saffie-Rose Roussos, aged 8 from Leyland, Lancashire
  • Nell Jones, aged 14 from Holmes Chapel, Cheshire
  • Sorrell Leckowski, aged 14 from West Leeds, Yorkshire
  • Eilidh Macleod, aged 14 from Barra, Outer Hebrides
  • Megan Hurley, aged 15 from Liverpool, Merseyside
  • Olivia Campbell-Hardy, aged 15 from Bury, Greater Manchester
  • Chloe Rutherford, aged 17 from South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Liam Curry, aged 17 from South Shields, Tyne and Wear
  • Georgina Callander, aged 18 from Tarleton, Lancashire
  • Courtney Boyle, aged 19 from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
  • John Atkinson, aged 28 from Radcliffe, Greater Manchester
  • Martyn Hett, aged 29 from Stockport, Greater Manchester
  • Philip Tron, aged 32 from Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
  • Kelly Brewster, aged 32 from Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Angelika Klis, aged 39 from York, North Yorkshire
  • Marcin Klis, aged 42 from York, North Yorkshire
  • Elaine McIver, aged 43 from Frodsham, Cheshire
  • Alison Howe, aged 45 from Royton, Greater Manchester
  • Lisa Lees, aged 43 from Oldham, Greater Manchester
  • Michelle Kiss, aged 45 from Whalley, Lancashire
  • Wendy Fawell, aged 50 from Otley, West Yorkshire
  • Jane Tweddle, aged 51 from Blackpool, Lancashire

Sadly the progression of time moves forward and the car park is now under development so if you want to see this one, move your backsides as there is no guarantee you’ll be able to see it like this for much longer.

This area of the Northern Quarter is full of great street art.

Manchester bees mural

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Photo date: 19th September 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Mikkis Manchester street graffiti locations

This is a work in progress and will grow and grow over time. This page is a link, image, and location repository of all the places I’ve photographed around Manchester.

Click the little cameras to view the image from this location.

As I said, it’s a work in progress as it takes a little time to add each image and the info which goes with it.

Please Note: Manchester i a living breathing city and these locations change on an almost weekly basis. Because I cant be in the city every week, if one of these paintings haas changed then please email me so I can go take a look and update my site.

Ian Curtis Street Portrait, Port Street, Manchester

Ian Curtis Street Portrait, Port Street, Manchester

In Manchester there is now a huge Ian Curtis Street Portrait on Port Street. I am a huge Joy Division and New Order fan and Love will Tear us Apart is one of my favourite songs. Not just because its a great song but the meaning has never been lost on me.

This mural is amazing and is some 3 stories high.

The Ian Curtis Street Portrait is quite easy to find and if you know the Northern Quarter in Manchester you’ll know where Port Street car park is and the Zig Zag House (named because one side is painted with Zig Zag’s!).

For those that don’t know where the Ian Curtis Street Portrait is there is a map below.

Go see it, so see it soon.

Ian Curtis Street Portrait
Ian Curtis Street Portrait
Ian Curtis Street Portrait

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Photo date: 30th October 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Manchester

Mahatma Gandhi Statue, Manchester. Near Manchester Cathedral

Somewhere i’ve been meaning to visit for a while is the Mahatma Gandhi Statue in Manchester. Located near Manchester Cathedral the 9ft tall statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in November 2019.

Its very rare I go to this end of the city but on the 19th September I walked round the city centre for a few hours and got to see the statue.

As you can tell my dog was quite happy to sit and pose with the great man, Gandhi, but dont think she wanted to go for a walk with him.

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Photo date: 19th September 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Band on the Wall, Manchester

Band on the Wall, Manchester music venue

The Band on the Wall is one of Manchester longest serving music venues with over two centuries of musical history. From the original George and Dragon public house to todays vibrant music venue. The Band on the Wall gets its unusual name from when as The George and Dragon pub regulars refer to the venue as the ‘Band on the Wall’ as house musicians quite literally played on a stage halfway up the wall. This was to make room in the busy pub.

More information can be found here.

Official Band on the wall website.

Band on the Wall

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Photo date: 19th September 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Vimto Sculpture Manchester

Vimto Sculpture, Vimto Park, Manchester

I’ve walked up and down Sackville street on many occasions and never noticed the Vimto Sculpture in Vimto Park, Manchester. Located just off Granby Row in front of the Sackville Street Building now part of the University of Manchester site.

Sitting in between the Sackville Street Building and the railway lines is Vimto Park in which sits the Vimto Park Sculpture which depicts a large bottle of Vimto and the fruits which go to make up this delicious Manchester drink which was first made on Granby Row on which Vimto Park sits. Click this link to find out more about Vimto.

Vimto park is now used as a chill out area as its close to many residential flats and the University of Manchester Campus.

Vimto Park Sculpture

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Photo date: 27th September 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

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