Liverpool has an incredibly diverse offering of street art that can be found in different corners of the city. I decided to take a self-guided tour to track down some of the most accomplished work.
From pieces by the internationally-renowned Banksy to a Beatles mural on the back of a house, there’s much to discover.
The city’s street art scene is burgeoning at the moment, with the inaugural Mark It Liverpool Street Art Festival launched in summer 2014 – attracting top artists from around the globe. This largely took place in a district just outside the city centre known as the Baltic Triangle where historic warehouses are home to an array of creative businesses including independent bars and cafes, along with cutting-edge tech and design agencies.
As a result of the recent activity and ongoing regeneration, there’s now an exciting mix of old and new art works to be found in different parts of the city. While in search of the best street art in Liverpool, I took in areas including the city centre, Bootle and Walton. Here are my favourite finds…
A vibrant mural of a girl with long-flowing multi-coloured hair on County Road in Walton. Street artist Whoam Irony was recently commissioned to complete this gorgeous work to spruce up a vacant shop building.
This Beatles mural was painted onto the back of a house and wall on the corner of Croxteth Avenue in Litherland, Bootle in 2008. Arranged to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the local housing association, this epic piece held a positive political connotation as well. The two artists, Mark Ervine and Danny Devenny, were from opposite sides of the political divide in Northern Ireland so working together sent out a harmonious message and a desire to embrace a peaceful future.
The mural depicting the Famous Four is literally just around the corner from the Seaforth and Litherland train station.
One of the most famous pieces of street art in Liverpool is Love Plane by Banksy. This can be found in Rumford Street Car Park, adjacent to Liverpool War Museum.
Below Love Plane is another element featuring Banksy’s trademark mischievous rat.
Colourful street art along Cropper Street.
Cropper Street is located off Bold Street, which is a popular shopping spot in the city centre.
My favourite street art on Cropper Street is this abstract lizard design.
I spotted this one along Seel Street, behind the Kazimier Garden bar
This eye-catching street art covers the wall of a car park off Tithebarn Street.
This art work on Jamaica Street looked a bit unfinished to me. Or maybe this is how it’s supposed to be.
I absolutely loved this one on Kitchen Street. It’s proof that street art can be beautifully subtle.
An amazing Al Pacino portrait on the corner of Hill Street with Grafton Street. The artist is Manchester-based Akse.
Another street art spot along Grafton Street.
I also filmed a short video…
Let me know in the comments if you can recommend any other great spots to find street art in Liverpool.