I spent Saturday evening looking at street art painted onto buildings in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, spotting work by Stina Jones, Case, Akse, Faunagraphic, Phlegm, Hyuro, C215 Jay Sharple, Tankpetrol, Mateus Bailon, Axel Void, Subism Collective, Space Invaders, Nomad Clan, Pichiavo, Faith47, Martin Whatson, Nevercrew, Dale Grimshaw, and more.
During the Cities of Hope festival just gone, international street artists had visited Manchester’s Northern Quarter and populated the brick and concrete jungle with social justice-themed works addressing homelessness, disability, mental health,
gay rights, sustainability, the environment, war children, conflict and immigration.
Twilight slipped by and it started to rain. As I headed back, I encountered the Brazilian artist, Bailon, perched on a machine platform lift; spraying the north wall of a building with vibrantly coloured, tropical birds.
Once it got too dark to see clearly, he finished for the day. I told him about 25 Pockets of Manchester and he gave the assemblage a sticker of one of his canvas prints and sent me to have a chilli at Cutting Room. He told me that during Cities of Hope, he had frequented Cutting Room for their chilli.