A tour of Manchester’s Wonder Women

As part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s People’s History Museum has arranged a walking tour of the city to uncover the stories of historical and modern Manchester women, including a visit to Manchester Town Hall to view Guns to Goods sculpture of Dr. Erinma Bell. 

Led by Green Badge Tour Guide Suzanne Hindle, the tour takes place on 4 March 2017, 2pm to 4pm, and asks for a suggested donation of £3. You can reserve your place online.


25 January 2017 – Sculpture of Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL at Manchester Town Hall

Join us on Wednesday 25 January at 2pm as the Lord Mayor unveils Karen Lyons’ portrait sculpture of Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL  at Manchester Town Hall,  a historical moment as the first female sculpture to be permanently displayed in the building.

Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL, Karen Lyons 2015      Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL, Karen Lyons 2015

Erinma Bell co-founded the Community Alliance for Renewal, Inner South Manchester Area (CARISMA) to offer life chances for young people by giving them positive alternatives to street and gun crime. She was awarded an MBE for voluntary services to the community in 2008 and she has been made a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2011.

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Event review by Lisa Cumming

We were delighted with the turnout for our Art – Culture – Activism – Peace event at The People’s History Museum on Friday 7 October. The contributions from speakers and attendees were really inspirational and truly thought-provoking just as we’d hoped they would be. The feedback we received encouraged us to know that it was a valued event, that brought like-minded thinkers together and offered positive hope and aspiration for future endeavours. This was a much-needed forum for discussion, and we’ve no doubt the conversations will continue beyond this event, and shape the future activity of Guns to Goods.

One of our valued attendees was Lisa Cumming, Community Associate at PPC PeaceHub, University of Bradford, who has kindly composed her thoughts on the day.

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Sculpture and seminar at the People’s History Museum

People's History Museum                     Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL, Karen Lyons 2015        Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL, Karen Lyons 2015


Karen Lyons’ portrait sculpture of Dr Erinma Bell MBE DL is to be on public display at the People’s History Museum, Spinningfields, Manchester from Friday 16 September.

The sculpture honours influential peace activist Dr Erinma Bell, who together with speakers from activist and artist initiated organisations, will be presenting at a free public seminar on Friday 7 October, stay tuned for further details and speaker updates.

‘Conflict’ street mural by PichiAvo

#CitiesofHope has taken over social media, and rightly so, in just nine days, nine captivating murals have sprung up across Manchester’s Northern Quarter, bringing  grey walls to life with colour and magnetising images that draw the attention of passersby.

Not just of aesthetic value, these artworks raise awareness for important issues that demand social action. Each mural has a different focus, aligned to a social justice organisation: war children; sustainability; the environment;  homelessness;  gay rights; immigration; integration and supporting refugees; existentialism; disability and conflict – which resonates with the social action work of Guns to Goods.

You can find Pichiavo’s work on Port Street facing Great Ancoats Street.


Street art to champion Manchester social justice organisations

Guns to Goods is delighted to have been selected to participate in Cities of Hope, a social action campaign bringing international street artists together with local charities and community organisations to highlight important issues.

Pichiavo - North West Walls, Belgium 2014

Partnering up with renowned Spanish artists Pichi & Avo to explore the theme of conflict, we are very excited about their plans to create a unique street mural encompassing the facade of an entire building in Manchester’s popular Northern Quarter.

With a vibrant signature style, the piece is sure to attract a lot of attention, highlighting the power of artistic activism.

Find out more about Cities of Hope, the talented international artists and the social justice organisations through the website www.citiesofhope.global

Pichiavo - Intramurs, Valencia 2015

You will be able to see the artists at work across the Northern Quarter from 21 – 29 May, an intensive nine days that will leave a long lasting impression, adding to Manchester’s rich cultural heritage and bringing street art back to its roots.

Images taken from http://www.pichiavo.com