Our school tours of street art and graffiti have been experienced by over one hundred

primary, secondary and International student groups (as well as the general public).  We provide not just an insight into street art in line with your specific learning outcomes but the history of the city, buildings and lanes and the way creative spaces have been used to create one of the worlds great destinations.   We give them maps so they can find their way back with their families. If teachers wish, students add an art piece and/or do an art quiz in a lane to promote learning. We bring to bear our experience in running over 40  different school tours and our publishing of fifteen history books about Melbourne. We provide resources to teachers and students (see bottom of this page!)

WHERE: Our tours usually start from Federation square .
WHEN: Tours are normally two hours but can be longer or shorter as you wish.
COST: Seek a quote from                90907964               0408  894  724
SEE:   OTHER SCHOOL PROGRAMS –  Explorer, Federation, Colonial, Indigenous, Early Melbourne, Architecture, Literature and more

EXPLORE Melbourne’s famous street art and graffiti in the city’s labyrinth of lanes. Don’t miss  seeing one of the most exciting and radical art movements in the world. It is happening right NOW! As Banksy said:  ‘Australia’s most significant contribution to the arts since they stole the Aborigine’s pencils’.
VIEW the  stencils, paintings, paste-ups, structures, light boxes, installations and mosaics by some of the world’s best artists.
LEARN the difference between street artist, street writers, graffiti and how the ‘permit lanes’ system work.
IDENTIFY local, interstate and international artists (see video below or photos of art from our walk);
DISCOVER the history and architecture of  the painted industrial walls, buildings and lanes.
EXPERIENCE the  maze of back lanes where Melbournians celebrate their  artists, cafes, music, bars, rooftops and coffee culture in the Old City .
MAPS are provided to each participant of the street art locations so that you can return with friends and family.
STARTING POINT: We normally start from Federation Square

Watch our video below!!

What kinds of artists do we see?           In March 2015, these were just a few of the artists we photographed on a single tour: Ha Ha, Two One, Heesco, Peezr, PAA, Jetzo, Slicer, Rone, Lush, Lust, Chip, Pumpkin, Happy, Straker, AWOL,  Rone,  Phibs, Shida, Sakarios, Seek, Sunfigo, Nufeva, Braddock, OD, MakatronBeastman, Will Coles, Adnate,Renko, Civil, Junkie, PhibsSync, Dface, Chalk, DMZ, Banksy, Le Blek,RAD, ELK, Duke Style, Deams, Mal Function, Sofles, Ruskidd, Quench, Ironlak, Senekt, Two One, Cruel, Plea, Calm, Dem189, GT, Facter, Peril, Deb, Urban Cake Lady, Vexta, Baby Geurilla, Swoon, Lucy andBe Free.

Forms of Melbourne street art seen on our tour include:
Stencils: Transferring images to a surface with spray or roll-on paint using a paper or cardboard cut-outs.
Paint: Most artists or writers use paint as their medium using hand held spray cans.
Sticker or paste-ups: Creating an image or political or other message using homemade stickers and posters.
Mosaic: Using smaller parts or pieces, to creat a larger piece of art.
3D: Three dimensional pieces or objects adhered to walls.
Installations: Using objects and events to create a wide variety of art sculptures and art objects including neon signage, events and video projections onto surfaces.
Typographies:  Historic signage, posters, advertisements, neon from the past all tell a story.

The Lanes. The art is stunning but so is the spectacular setting in the lanes which have serviced the city since the Gold Rush. Industrial brick, bluestone and old infrastructure such as iron winches abound in what was once the manufacturing heart of Victoria producing textiles, furniture and manufactured goods. Other lanes were once the locations of bagnios, opium dens, impoverished communities and Chinese immigrants. We tell their stories as we go.

What is street art?      Street art is a controversial and democratic form of public art. This public art is labelled ‘Street Art’ when permitted by authorities. Without permits, this art is regarded as illegal ‘Graffiti’ yet many of these works are highly important creative and political pieces.  Many artists consider illegal graffiti as a radical endeavour which challenges the status quo and the concept of art as a collectable trophy. Yet others view Graffiti, particularly  ‘tagging’, as vandalism. We explore how this creative tension plays out as we walk the streets.

Artists have played key role since the 1990s in bringing Melbourne back to life. The City has used street art permits  since 2007 to support fantastic and imaginative colour and design by artists on unused or obscure walls with the consent of property owners. Annual public art commissions in the laneways have also encouraged a wide range of artistic experimentation.  In 2005 street artists from across Australia illustrated Hosier Lane for the film Ghost Rider. In November 2013, 100 artists, assisted by six cranes and curator Dean Sunshine, were invited to totally repaint Hosier and Rutledge Lanes for the huge ‘Melbourne Now’ exhibition  See article

Street art continues  Melbourne’s history of local counterculture movements including the 1860s Bohemians, the Heidelberg School, Angry Penguins, Dadaists and the 1960s Drift.  

Books on Street Art
‘Everfresh: Blackbook. The Studio and the Street 2004-2010?. Miegunyah Press.S; Street Art Tour
‘Stencil Graffiti Capital, Melbourne’; J.Smallman and N.Nyman;
‘Street/Studio’ by Alison Young, Ghostpatrol, Miso  and Timba Smits;
‘Kings Way- The Beginnings of Australian Graffiti:Melbourne 1983-93?.
Land of Sunshine. A Snapshot of Melbourne Street Art 2010-2012 by Dean Sunshine
Street Art Now, Melbourne, Australia and Beyond, 2010-2014 by Dean Sunshine

Hosier Lane November 14 2013 – Blacked out and repainted!

Useful websites and articles

Paint Wars – Street Artists versus Graffitti Writers
Articlesabout the Melbourne street art scene (City Lights)
100 Artists
City of Melbourne Public Art and Laneways Commission

How the street art permit system works 
is a website based out of Melbourne that showcases thousands of street and traditional stencil art from around the world. It provides tools to make your own stencil art on-line.
Arty Graffarti
is an important graffiti/street art blog based in Melbourne. Subscribe!

Dean Sunshine’s I/v re repainting Hosier Lane Nov 2013  Subscribe!
Melbourne Graffiti, Stencilling & Tagging

Street Art Galleries  (Subscribe on their websites to receive their free newsletters by email!)
Until Never – Hosier Lane for emerging underground artist
Blender Studios
 Street Art Gallery, 101-110 Franklin Street
Everfresh Studio
 Street Art Gallery, 101-110 Franklin Street
Backwoods Gallery
Street Art Gallery, 25 Easey Street, Collingwood

List of Art Galleries in Melbourne CBD

How to make a wheatpaste poster

How to make a stencil

how to make a sticker

Melbourne Link

Melbourne Link Stencil Graffiti Capital: Melbourne (Hardcover)

Melbourne Link melbourne graffiti – flickr

Melbourne Link Writing is on the wall. It’s moronic

Melbourne Link stumble upon Melbourne Taggers

Melbourne Link Have your say – Is graffiti really so bad? The Age

Melbourne Link Let us spray – councils to commission graffiti artists – The Age

Melbourne Link Art Crimes: Theses on the Tag

Melbourne Link Drawing a line on art

Melbourne Link Graffiti terminology – Wikipedia

Melbourne Link Gallery – Melbourne Stencilling, Grafitti and Tagging

Melbourne Link




These photos were taken on 5 March, 2015 during one of the regular Street Art and Graffiti Tours conducted by

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