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Photography by Amy Longstaff

Russ Meehan, aka Qubek, is one Manchester's best known street artists. His Mancunian Bees have been grabbing people's attention across the city for many years, but it's his giant tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing that caught the mood of the city back in 2017.

The mural on the side of The Koffee Pot on Oldham St in the Northern Quarter, took only 2 days to complete. It features 22 Manchester worker bees swarming around a honey heart, a remarkable tribute to the 22 victims of the terror attack.

'The 22 Bees', Qubek's tribute to the 22 killed in the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing

Russ's passion for art started at school, he went on to study the subject at Stockport College and began to produce artwork around the city in 2001.

Russ works closely with Manchester City Council and other artists to ensure that spaces around the city (particularly the Northern Quarter) are constantly updated with artwork that is thought provoking and relevant. Russ’ thought provoking artwork fill many spaces around the city.


THE SHOOT: The 22 Bees Mural, Northern Quarter

The tribute to the victims of the Arena bombing.

Student reflection: Amy Longstaff

"I was the only student working on this shoot, so I was rather nervous. I did as much research as I could on Qubek, but had no idea what to expect. Me and my tutor Harry met Russ in the Cafe and shared a coffee, he was really friendly and chatty. When taking the photographs I was encouraged to explain my ideas and direct Russ, this wasn't as scary as I had expected and has given me more confidence in my photography - my favourite image from the shoot is the one of Russ framed in the centre of the heart."

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