OUR Melbourne street art and graffiti tours have been experienced by hundreds of groups including residents, visitors or primary, secondary, tertiary and international student groups. Tours are normally two hours for schools and leave from Federation Square but can be adjusted to group and school needs. Adults (non school tours) are 2.5 hours.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AND ACTIVITIES:
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 stencils, paintings, paste-ups, structures, lightboxes, installations and mosaics by some of the world’s best artists.
PUT UP and keep a piece of creative street art in the tradition of street artists Mini-me and Slinkachu
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.
MAPS are provided so students can return with friends and family.
STARTING POINT: We normally start from Federation Square www.fedsquare.com.
SEE: OTHER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. – Explorer, Federation, Colonial, Indigenous, Early Melbourne, Architecture, Literature, City Discovery and more.
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.
WHAT kinds of artists do we see?
In 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, Makatron, Beastman, Will Coles, Adnate,Renko, Civil, Junkie, Phibs, Sync, 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.
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.
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.
WATCH our video below!!
BOOKS ON STREET ART
‘Everfresh: Blackbook. The Studio and the Street 2004-2010?. Miegunyah Press.S;
‘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
Useful websites and articles
Hosier Lane November 14 2013 – Blacked out and repainted!
Paint Wars – Street Artists versus Graffitti Writers
Articlesabout the Melbourne street art scene (City Lights)
City of Melbourne Public Art and Laneways Commissions
How the street art permit system works
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
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