Melbourne Street Art and Graffiti Tour

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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 photos of art from our walk);
DISCOVER the history and architecture behind the paint – 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  www.fedsquare.com

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What 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 and Be Free

The Street Art Walking Tour guided by Melbourne Walks was a fabulous event. We

highly recommend it for people visiting Melbourne but also to locals who haven’t yet seen the amazing works that enliven the back lanes of our city. Meyer was a wonderful guide. He introduced us to works by local and international artists, and to parts of the city I never knew existed. The art was quite breath-taking and I couldn’t help but wonder how the artists had managed to paint such brilliant works while at times scaling walls high above the lane way below. We had stories of the history of different buildings and lanes, and of rivalries and competition among the artists. We were a group of conference participants and it was a great way for us to get to know each other and have some fun away from the conference. Definitely something memorable to do in Melbourne whether in a group or on your own! And great value!” Paula Keogh, RMIT University, Oct 2013
Thank you for leading the Lyceum Club ‘Ramblers’ on your Street Art walk and for  your most interesting commentary.   It  was very obvious that all of the  ladies were totally over-awed with what you showed  them.   You have given them much to talk about. Lyceum Club July 2014
Just to say thanks for the terrific tour on Monday.  I am sure everyone really enjoyed it as we discovered Melbourne street artists and learned a little of their history. Professional  Tour Guides Association of Australia, August 2014

See our Youtube film below with Pear Tongue performing:


Forms of Melbourne street art seen on our tour includ
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Stencils: Transferring images to a surface with spray or roll-on paint using a paper or melbournewalks.com.aucardboard 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 and Graffiti are controversial and democratic forms of public art. This public art is labelled ‘Street Art’ when permitted by authorities. Without permits, this art is often labelled as graffiti or tagging yet many graffiti 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 an essential 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 
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Today’s street art is  part of a long tradition of Melbourne counter-cultures in the footsteps of movements like the early Bohemians, the Heidelberg School, Angry Penguins, Dadaists and the 1960s Drift.  Even the contemporary Indigenous art movement has radical elements.

Books on Street Art
Everfresh: Blackbook. The Studio and the Street 2004-2010′. Miegunyah Press.S;Melbournewalks.com 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
www.melbournegraffiti.com

www.melbournestreetart.com

www.stencilrevolution.com 
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
Deansunshine.com
www.invurt.com  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

Articles:
Melbourne Link
www.stencilfestival.com

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 www.melbournegraffiti.com

 

 

 

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

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

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