A Hulme estate has turned outdoor art gallery as garages and planters on Shawgreen Close into street art as part of a summer project run by One Manchester, Manchester Young Lives and Keepmoat.
With the support of Manchester City Council’s Neighbourhood Investment Fund, a group of 20 young people spent four days over the summer holidays working with artists from the Street Style Surgery social enterprise. The aim was to re-vamp seven garages and five planters in the area using ideas put forward by local residents.
Residents suggested the artwork should reflect Hulme’s history, whilst giving positive messages about the area’s diverse community and what people can achieve. They weren’t disappointed with the results.
Shawgreen resident, Jacqueline Hughes, 42, said: “They look so good and bright. I really like the true colours one because what I like about living here is that it’s multi-cultural and we all get along. And the one with The Russell on brings back good memories for me because I used to go there. It’s given the kids something to do and kept the neighbours happy”.
Zoe Buckley, 14, from Hulme, was one of the young people involved. She said: “I’ve not done anything like this before but I thought I’ve nothing else to do, and I’ve only just moved here, so I’ve met loads of new people. It looks so much better than before now but I definitely think we should do the other garages now”.
Councillor Lee-Ann Igbon said: “The work is amazing and shows how much the community cares about Shawgreen. All children and young people’s ideas with history, colour and inspiring quotes. Well done to all involved”.
Michelle Wright, youth opportunities coordinator at One Manchester said: “Watching the young people go from learning about the history of Hulme to developing their ideas and then getting their ideas from paper to reality has been inspiring. It’s also been a chance for the young people to think about how graffiti can make a place look amazing but only if it’s done in the right way”.
Clarissa Brown, youth engagement worker at Manchester Young Lives and volunteer with One Manchester’s Youth Network said: “The young people involved have gained new skills and have a sense of ownership because what they have created will be there for years to come”.