Cities of Hope Festival, Street Art Murals Manchester 2016

The Cities of Hope festival, curated by Vestige, is now fully underway. It is designed to amplify the messages of nine leading street artists Case, Axel Void, C215, Faith47, Hyuro, Whatson, Nevercrew, Phlegm and artist duo PichiAvo.  Artists have been asked to produce an inspirational mural on a cause that resonates with their own values. All nine murals can be found in Manchester’s Northern Quarter helping amplify the values of the people of the city.

Each mural is matched to a local grassroots organisation through which they raise awareness of and champion the work of nine social justice agencies that operate in the city.
Through the project will raise money, but more importantly will give the organisation a platform and amplify their voice in a way that hasn’t been done before.

You can find out below which social justice issue the artists are covering;

Case – disability

Axel Void – existentialism (working with charities that work with people with Mental Health or Anxiety issues)

C215 – homelessness

Faith 47 – gay rights

Hyuro – war children

Martin Whatson – the environment

NeverCrew – immigration, integration and supporting refugees

Phlegm – sustainability

Pichiavo – conflict

We will continue to update this blog over the next days, so be sure to check back for further progress shots and completed murals.

[UPDATE 1: work in progress shots added Case, Phlegm, faith47 and Pichiavo]

[UPDATE 2: Finished work by c215 tribute to Photographer Lee Jeffries raw ‘Homelessness’ series ]

[UPDATE 3: Finished work by faith 47 ]

Joining them are artists with a strong connection to Manchester also join the Cities of Hope Convention. With a brief of ‘iconic Manchester‘ the work of these artists will provide local context to their street gallery.

Cities of Hope are supporting a range of social justice organisations and all of their social justice partners incorporate the Arts to deliver vital services. Every penny they raise through our activities (their goal is a minimum of £100,000) will go directly to supporting the work of these organisations; Back On Track, Lifeshare, Guns to Goods, Partisan Collective, Young Identity, Ancoats Dispensary Trust, Hulme Community Garden Centre, WAST, 42nd Street and Venture Arts. You can get more info on each of these organisations here.



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