Northern quarter

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

Birds Mural on Faraday Street, Manchester

Birds Mural, Faraday Street, Manchester on the side of Stage & Radio

Perhaps one of the most colourful murals in the Northern Quarter is the Birds mural by Brazilian artist Mateus Bailon. This is located on far end of Faraday Street on the side of Stage & Radio bar.

Standing some 4 stories high and painted on a black background the colour of the birds really does pop in the Manchester sunshine.

This is just a stones throw away from the Ian Curtis mural.

Birds Mural, Faraday Street, Manchester

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Photo date: 8th November 2020

Photography copyright: Mikki Tiamo

Dale Grimshaw’s tribal portrait Manchester on Spear Street

Dale Grimshaw’s tribal portrait Manchester on Spear Street

The prominent Northern artist Dale Grimshaw’s tribal portrait Manchester, on Spear Street, is one of the better works of art in the Northern Quarter. This artwork isnt locally inspired as this mural depicts a Child from West Papua and is dedicated to those fighting for independance.

The artwork was produced as part of the “Cities of Hope” and is tribute to children who don’t have a childhood.

The tribal portrait Manchester can  be located on the rear of the Chinese Health Information Centre on Holdsworth Street its clearly visible as you walk up Spear Street from Stephenson Square.

It is located next to the Manchester Bees Mural on the side of the Koffee Pot cafe.

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

Dale Grimshaw’s guest tribal portrait on Spear Street, Manchester

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Photo date: 19th September 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

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

Street art and architecture in the Northern quarter, Manchester

Its the 19th of September I’m in Manchester for the day. and I’ve done something today which I wanted to do for awhile which is walk around and photographs of the street art and architecture in the Northern quarter, Manchester.

Here’s some of my pictures from today. I hope you like them?

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