Based in Manchester, Skyliner is dedicated to the pursuit of rare and fascinating art and architecture, and the hidden histories contained within the concrete of a city.
The creator of Skyliner is Hayley Flynn.
A lover of looking up, opening closed doors, microfilm, and architectural illustrations. I love art and cities, and as a consequence I am now a tour guide, curator, location scout and researcher. Master of none.
I am also the author of Central Manchester: Through Time (Amberley Publishing, 2014) and can also be found writing for Creative Tourist, Untapped Cities,Manchester Confidential, Now Then Manchester, Twigs and Apples, and 2022 magazine. In 2013 my article about the former Piccadilly Hotel appeared in print as part of Manchester Art Gallery’s Dreams Without Frontiers publication curated by Dave Haslam.
Skyliner is one person, and is self-funded. If you approach me to help on a project that will benefit from the information I share with you then please help me to make a living, or credit me so that others can.
Press, Projects and Awards
Best City and Neighbourhood Blog
Manchester Blog Awards 2011
Best Arts and Culture Blog
Manchester Blog Awards 2011
UK Blog Awards 2014
Since its beginning Skyliner has been featured and recommended in publications across the globe, including Creative Tourist’s Best UK Arts Blogs, The Telegraph, Flavorwire, The British Council, and during the latter half of 2012 it appeared twice in The Guardian.
At the beginning of 2013 Skyliner premiered its first art show; Streetview at 2022NQ to critical acclaim across the UK - the show was also featured in many national publications including coverage from the BBC and The Guardian. Prints from the show are available to buy here
Skyliner is part of the UK Web Archive
Featured in The Telegraph’s Incredible Street Art Tours, Skyliner run occasional alternative tours of the city around themes of art, history and architecture. You can also commission private tours, past clients include Google, Visit Manchester, Hyper Island.
If you want to photograph or illustrate anything for Skyliner (and potentially be republished on international sites that I contribute articles to) then just email me. Or if you have another idea for collaboration I’d love to hear it.
We are very interested in documenting buildings prior to demolition or renovation so that we can create an intricate archive of our built environment. If you are the owner of a development site and would like us to research its history and photograph it please get in touch.
All locations on Skyliner are visited with permission, as such there can be delays between articles because we’re busy securing access, or finding the right equipment and photographer for the visit. Those waits between articles are the most exciting time because, for us, that’s when we’re likely to be on a roof, or crawling under a floor space somewhere and, for you, we sometimes get the opportunity to run tours in those spaces - so keep your eye on our Facebook page for news!
Unless otherwise stated, all written work and images are my own.