Northern quarter

The Doodle on Ducie Street, Manchester

The Doodle on Ducie Street, Manchester near Piccadilly Train Station

A brilliant piece of artwork, called the Doodle on Ducie street. Located between Piccadilly and Dale street, just behind 111 Piccadilly. This is a fab piece of artwork and must be 35 feet in length and 7 ft high.

The artwork was creted by 30 artists, names below who are or have been homeless in Manchester.

Inspired by a brighter future and is a project by “With One Voice” and “Artolution”.

Worth a look if your passing from Piccadilly train station towards the City centre as its litterly 30 seconds off Piccadilly.

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Photo date: 29th April 2021

Video copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Captain Sir Tom Moore mural by Akse-p19

Captain Sir Tom Moore mural by Akse-p19

I must say I personally think the Captain Sir Tom Moore mural is one of the best things I’ve seen sprayed on a wall in Manchester and there are some pretty amazing images areound the city and the Northern Quarter.

Painted by Akse-p19 on the corner of Tib Street and Thomas/Hilton Street the quality and detail in this painting is quite frankly amazing.

I must admit to standing and looking at the Captain Sir Tom Moore mural for sometime and watching the reaction of those who walked and drove by. It was drawing quite a crowd on the Thursday I was there.

Akse, sir. I doth my cap to you as this is a work of art.

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Photo date: 1st April 2021

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Cobra Kai Mural, Northern Quarter, Manchester

Cobra Kai Mural, Northern Quarter, Manchester

The NHS Nurse Mural has now been replaced with this Cobra Kai Mural which is an advertisement for a TV program on something called Netflix.

No idea what the program is about but i’m betting its some kind of Karate Kid program.

The mural is located on the corner of Thomas Street and High Street in the Northern Quarter, Macclesfield

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Photo date: 21st February 2021

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Crazy Pedro’s NQ Mural on Short Street behind Afflecks

Crazy Pedro’s NQ Mural on Short Street behind Afflecks

Behind Afflecks is the Crazy Pedro’s NQ Mural on Short Street. This mural like many in the city is a living mural and changes occassionally.

The latest incarnation is of the Crazy Pedro’s character wearing a Covid mask. As always this is painted on the roller shutter doors beside the entrance.

Open at the moment for take away from https://crazypedros.co.uk/

Crazy Pedro's NQ

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Photo date: 21st February 2021

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Nurse Angel mural on High Street, Northern Quarter

Nurse Angel mural on High Street, Northern Quarter

Just up the road, High Street from the Thomas Street and High Street there is this beautiful Nurse Angel Mural by @akse_p19

Situated on the right hand side as you walk up High Street, next door to Sweet Mandarin.

This is a beautiful piece of work and warrants a close up look, especially the eyes. Stunning.

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Photo date: 27th December 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

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

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse, Little Lever Street, Northern Quarter

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse, done to celebrate their Vietnamese roots and for the 50 Windows of Creativity project.

I’m not going to go into great detail on this one as you can find out more information on the Akse.P19 Crew Facebook Page.

This piece of art is located in the bottom right hand corner of Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter. Location is if you are stood looking away from Piccadilly gardens. Little Lever sreet is a back alley which runs parrallel to Lever Street and Newton Street.

A map of more artworks in the area can be found on my Manchester street graffiti and artwork location map

Portrait of Ste Wing by the artist Akse, done to celebrate their Vietnamese roots and for the 50 Windows of Creativity project.

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Photo date: 17th October 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

NHS Nurse Mural

NHS Nurse Mural, Northern Quarter, Manchester

The NHS Nurse Mural has only appeared in the past few week and is of an NHS nurse in full PPE equipment and is a tribute to the NHS workers who have worked throughout the Cornavirus pandemic.

Text on the mural read:

Hold Still

A portrait of our nation in 2020
Explore the Final 100 Portraits
NPG.org.uk/hold-still

NHS Nurse Mural
NHS Nurse Mural

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Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Manchester City Mural

Manchester City Mural, Work in progress – 8th November 2020

The Manchester United Mural is no more, the background has been painted grey and on the 8th November 2020 this was the new mural being painted as a work in progress.

I dont know what this will be and i’ll post a few photos of it next time i’m in Manchester.

Manchester City Mural
Manchester City Mural
Manchester City Mural

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Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

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