152 Burton Road
- Artist: Mateus Bailon
- Site Owner: Chris Ward
One of Matthew’s passions was street art and he collected books and images, and sought opportunities to see as much as he could when travelling. Matthew particularly liked the street art in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. In May 2016 the Cities of Hope Project brought international and local street artists to Manchester to raise awareness of social justice causes. This idea has inspired the first project which the Foundation is funding in West Didsbury.
The International street artists who will be working on these projects are Mateus Bailon who created the iconic ‘Guardian of Ancoats’ and Phlegm whose work is seen on Ancoats Dispensary and Workhouse.
Jay Sharples is Manchester born, bred and based, and is considered to be a leading figure in the Manchester street-art community. He is instrumental in delivering the Outhouse Project - a public art project based in Manchester's Northern Quarter.
The Foundation is grateful to the site owners, Chris Ward (152 Burton Road), Kanish Patel (171 Burton Road) and Justin Parkinson (97 Lapwing Lane) who have generously donated the use of their sites, and also those who have assisted in enabling planning permission to be obtained.
The theme of the artwork is Chasing Dreams Not Dragons and is intended to contribute to the environment, create interest in the Foundation and be a tribute to the memory of Matthew who died on 26th June 2015, but we will continue chasing his dreams.