Manchester – Cities of Hope tells stories of social justice issues
From 21st May until 29th May Cities of Hope took place in Manchester. It is a mural convention that has invited international artists to work with individual social justice organizations. The 9 artists that participated are Hyuro, Pichiavio, Phlegm, Martin Whatson, C215, Faith47, Nevercrew, Axel Void and Case. A few guest artists were also invited to paint a mural for Cities of Hope.
The participating artists produce work based on a cause that resonates with their own values. This is what the artists have translated into their work. For example: Axel Void has painted an image that is related to the social justice issue of existentialism. Faith47’s issue is gay rights, which she portrayed in the image of a kissing gay couple. Pichiavo’s image tells the story of conflict. The other artworks tell stories about homelessness, disability, war children, sustainability, the environment, and immigration, integration and supporting refugees.
Each mural is being linked to a vital local organization that fights to help the lives of those affected by the issue. The social justice organizations that take part are: Back On Track, Lifeshare, Guns To Goods, Partisan Collective, Young Identity, Ancoats Dispensary Trust, Hulme Community Garden Centre, Wast, 42nd Street and Venture Arts. All organizations are fighting to help the lives of those affected by the issues, at a grass roots level.
Artists who also joined Cities Of Hope are artists with a strong connection to Manchester. Their artworks will provide a local context to the street gallery. These are artists are: Dale Grimshaw, Mateus Bailon, Jay Sharples, Meha Hindocha, Kladi, Nomad Clan, Akse and Tankpetrol.
If you are visiting Manchester this Summer, then the Cities Of Hope murals are one not to miss
To give you a preview of what can be seen, photography Henrik Haven was in Manchester for one week to document Cities of Hope. You can find his extended documentation below.