During the depths of the national lockdown we commissioned local illustrator MOZE (Becki Miller) to create a beautifully uplifting and undeniably Northern mural to keep Manchester’s spirits high during uncertain times. The simple message, ‘THIS TOO SHALL PASS’ wrapped around the colourful letters L-O-V-E reminded Mancunian’s to ‘stay safe our kid’.
The overwhelmingly positive response to the artwork kickstarted our Message of Hope campaign which invited people across Greater Manchester to get creative and spread their own gratitude and love during the Covid-19 crisis. Mancunians of all ages and abilities were asked to send in images of their own inspirational artworks for us to display once it was safe for our doors to reopen.
Over the past five months the artwork has been available to view via our online gallery. But now, as Greater Manchester and the rest of the UK are adapting to the new normal, we’ve combined almost 50 of the Messages of Hope to create our beautiful window gallery. The artists, Mancunians, are from all walks of life, from school kids, to some of Manchester’s best loved professional artists!
Our display takes pride of place on the window of the Great Northern, facing one of the city’s busiest streets, Deansgate. we hope you will enjoy seeing so many of the pieces together, and be reminded of how Manchester pulled together and stayed strong and compassionate in true Northern fashion. Featuring NHS rainbows and Manchester worker bees galore, we think the new mural truly shows how loving and resilient Manchester is as a city, whilst reminding us to be grateful, yet remain vigilant in the fight against Covid-19.
Thank you to everyone that sent in their pictures, we have tired to use as many as we can, and are looking for other spots across the site where we can add more still.