Sat. May 28th, 2022

Manchester street artist Qubek has helped open the city’s newest luxury hotel with a bespoke mural.

The Clayton Hotel, which opened yesterday on Portland Street, will display the artwork – a Manchester bee that has been completed in situ – at the reception.



Artist Qubek at work

The opening also featured music provided by students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Qubek, whose real name is Russ Meehan, has his work all over Manchester, just as it adorns storefronts and buildings.

With bees as a frequent theme, he painted a giant mural on the side of the famous coffee pot café in the northern quarter.




It contained 22 bees, each symbolizing the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing.

Meehan is also working with the Manchester City Council to secure spaces around the city that can be used for street art.

Hotel manager Filiz Smith said: “What better way for the Clayton Hotel Manchester City Center to be introduced to the city than to perform in a piece of street art by Qubek.

“I love seeing the hotel stand alongside other famous landmarks and of course Manchester Bee and all that it symbolizes for the city.



Qubek’s bee mural will hang in the reception area

“We have a fantastic team in place who are passionate about offering wonderful local hospitality to our guests. As the artwork shows, we are ready to take our place in this city and region and add to the already stunning attractions that Manchester has to offer. “

The new, four-star hotel, which is part of the Irish hotel group Dalata, has cost £ 45 million to complete and will bring 87 new jobs to the city.

It also has an unusual double and extra single bed in most of the rooms as standard, and with 329 rooms in total, it is the third largest in Manchester.

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