Street art tour in Manchester’s fashionable Northern Quarter

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Hayley Flynn aka Skyliner

Manchester is brimming with street art and the Northern Quarter, playground of the hip crowd, has probably attracted more than any part of the city.

I took a walking tour with award-winning local expert Hayley Flynn AKA Skyliner. I learned more about the street art I had seen and was guided to pieces I would have missed on my own.

Hayley’s knowledge of the history of the Northern Quarter was extensive, giving us background on each artist and work.

Delivered with great humour and a true passion for our burgeoning city of Manchester.

Look up!

These days we can find our tendency to look down at our phones means that we miss the beauty and spectacle in our own surrounding. So, using my  mobile purely for its camera function I set off on a mini adventure.

I’m not going to give a blow by blow account of the tour or tell you where you can find the art – you really should try Hayley’s tour  yourself.

Below is selection of my snaps from the tour. Find out more at Skyliner.org

 

Salford Quays: the signs were always there

This morning, I was late getting to the swimming pool in time to get to my subsequent hair appointment. This meant that I had few minutes to spare and, rather than feeling defeated, I took the opportunity to take a really close-up view of the locality.

By stopping for a moment, I was able to slow down and really pay attention as if entering into some kind of ‘mindful photography’. For instance, it was then that I noticed that many of the road and pedestrian signs are different to the standard ones found in the Highway Code