Novus paints the way for world famous graffiti artists

  14 JULY, 2016
Novus paints the way for world famous graffiti artists

We’re delighted to have facilitated a thought-provoking street art project at the Cities of Hope Festival in Manchester.

We were called upon to carry out vital preparation work on the buildings of Manchester’s Northern Quarter, which were to be painted with murals by world-renowned artists.

The festival's organisers had experienced some difficulty in properly preparing the walls due to their size, but we were only too happy to send a team of exterior decorating specialists along with all the required materials to get the walls ready to be painted.

Our speed and efficiency ensured that the artists enjoyed the ideal surface on which to paint their inspiring, colourful artworks, which were intended to raise awareness of social justice issues and each creation was linked to a relevant local grassroots organisation.

The highlights of the project included a piece by South African artist, Faith, at Brownsfield Mill, while Hilton House has been adorned with the work of Nevercrew, from Switzerland.

James Spencer, head of operations at Manchester Creative Studio, which supported the festival, said: “Novus has been immensely generous in supporting this project to bring key social issues to the fore in Manchester.

“The work they supported has been greeted with local and national positivity. Ultimately the project will raise £200,000 for small charities and this is in no small part to Novus' ability to deliver innovative and creative solutions in challenging circumstances.”

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