We visit the city centre at least twice a month. If you follow me over on Instagram you will know that I am an absolute sucker for a funky looking wall. The majority of my street art backdrop photos are taken in Manchester’s ‘Northern Quarter’. It has a ‘you could almost be in New York’ vibe to it with its red-bricked art deco architecture, cobbled streets and street art aplenty. Oh the street art. Manchester has had some absolutely beautiful pieces over the years. My favourite being David Bowie by AKSE in Stevenson Square but alas it’s gone.I’m always being asked where to go in Manchester for the best backdrop so here’s my guide to where you can find the find the most Instagrammable Street Art in Manchester. I can guarantee that some of the street art featured will have been & gone but I’ll stick in the location as there’s probably something even more fabulous in its place. Oh and if you haven’t already guessed I’m a right posing bastard when I find a fancy wall… #SORRYNOTSORRY.STEVENSON SQUAREStevenson Square in situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Theres a small island in the middle which is part of the #outhousemcr project. An outdoor project space for Public Art. Every three months the three blocks are reworked into new pieces of fabulous art.One of my favourite pieces that crops up across the city is the monkey by Jay Sharples.
Situated just off Stevenson Square, behind the Cow Hollow Hotel you will find Serenity. This is SNIK’s tribute to the suffragettes. Isn’t she a beauty?SPEAR STREETBehind Stevenson Square you will find Spear Street. Many of my collaboration content has been shot here. Its quirky and full of hidden gems from crap tags to wheatpaste and large murals.KOFFEE POTOn Oldham Street you will find a right good cafe called the Koffee Pot. On the side you find a piece by Qubek featuring 22 Manchester Worker Bees. A wonderful and moving tribute to the 22 victims of the terror attack.
TRUSTY SCRIBEThere are a few speech bubbles by Trusty Scribe scattered around the NQ. This particular one is on a side road just off on Turner Street.ANY BACKSTREET…You can’t beat a good old promo poster. May it be for an event in the city or the latest album release, Manchester is filled with them and they too make the PERFECT backdrop!THE BLUE TITThis is my absolute favourite piece. FUN FACT it was commissioned in 2011 by Converse as part of the Wall to Wall project.TIB STREET & THOMAS STREETI love this little building next to the NCP carpark on Tib Street / Thomas Street. There is a BANKSY hidden within it! Its covered by a protective box that is now covered in stickers so you can’t see it. Shame!And there you have it MY GUIDE TO MANCHESTER’S STREET ART LOCATIONS!!
If you happen to have a few hours to spare in this fair city… Well twenty six hours to be precise. I blogged about what you should do here.