Shawgreen garages transformed with street art

A Hulme estate has turned outdoor art gallery as garages and planters on Shawgreen Close have been transformed with street art as part of a summer project run by One Manchester, Manchester Young Lives and Keepmoat, and supported by 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 to re-vamp seven garages and five planters in the area using ideas put forward by local residents. It was suggested the artwork should reflect the history of Hulme and give positive messages about the area’s diverse community and what people can achieve.

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 and 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 and I definitely think we should do the other garages now.”

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.”