The Principal Hotel Gets Graffitied

The iconic hotel embraces Manchester’s love for street art.

The Principal has done it again. From transforming the former Palace Hotel and bringing in the boys behind Volta to create The Refuge, The Principal has set the tone for luxury in Manchester. Now, the iconic hotel has joined forces with world-renowned street artist Ben Eine for a Manchester-inspired mural.

Credit: Jody Hartley

Already known for its gorgeous interiors, The Refuge has had a colourful new addition courtesy of Eine. The artist’s latest piece sees the title of cult British film ‘Hell is a City’ – whose final scenes were shot inside The Principal in the 60s – splashed across The Refuge’s walls.

Credit: Jody Hartley

As Manchester trend-setters, it’s no surprise that The Principal has embraced our love of street art, welcoming graffiti that once only had a home on the streets inside its historic walls. Eine explains “[The mural] shows how graffiti and street art has transgressed and is now way more acceptable than kids running around with spray cans and tagging things. It’s now become an acceptable part of our culture.

Credit: Jody Hartley

Along with bringing some colour to our city, Eine is doing his part for Manchester’s fight against homelessness and poverty. Eine says “Mental health, drug addiction and homelessness are the three things that I think are important and that, as a society, we should work harder to eradicate.” A portion of the profits from the sale of Eine’s limited edition prints at Manchester Art Fair will be donated to the charity Mustard Tree.

Credit: Jody Hartley

Thanks to Eine’s mural, the next time you’re heading for drinks at The Refuge, you’re in no danger of forgetting that Manchester is one hell of a city!

Remember to share your snaps of Eine’s mural with us @amagazineuk!

To buy one of Eine’s limited edition prints and support the work of Mustard Tree, visit Manchester Art Fair, 12-14 October.

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