Event - Blender Biennale aka Farewell Franklin St - Melbourne - INVURT

Video – Wall To Wall Festival 2017 – Benalla

Another Wall To Wall has been and gone, but they’re got the video out, and it looks totally rad! “The Wall to Wall Festival is the largest regional street art festival in Australia. And also one of the most innovative community development initiatives on a national level. This year it hosted 35 internationally acclaimed artists from Australia and around the world, and attracted thousands of curious participants and observers from near and far. It’s changing the face of Benalla, one wall at a time. And changing a whole community’s identity, while it’s at it. ” Man, it’d be great to

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art and Graffiti – April 2017

Okay, here we go yet again (and again, can you believe this is No. 73? Jeezus) with Dean Sunshines picks for all the cool shit he saw around our city this month, and its a pretty nice colleciton indeed with everything from Lush and Dvate, to Love and relative newcomer Welin (who keeps getting up all over the place).   Check out all the rad images below if you know whats grand!     1. Lucy Lucy – Preston 2. Frosk, Facter, Keomatch, – Richmond  3. Ling – Preston 4. Lush – Brunswick 5. Awes – Melbourne  6. Arcy –

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Street Art & Graffiiti – March 2017

Well, we’re really late on this one, and my apologies for that, its been a busy month! Once again, we have Dean Sunshine providing us with monthly pick of all the great and grand work that has gone up around the walls of Melbourne, and this month is no exception. Always nice to see familiar names, but even better ot see some newer ones that have started to pop up – we’re especially loving the work of Julian Clavijio and Welin in recent months. Check it all out below! 1. Shida – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 2. Stormie Mills – Prahran

Through The Lens March 2017 – David Russell Photography

March has passed by leaving some pretty fresh art on the streets of Melbourne once again, the standout for me would definitely be the work of Rone in the now demolished Fairfield paper mills. The big Sinch tag rates as one of my favourites as well go big or go home as they say, also see some new works by Heesco, Choq,  Jason Parkers lovely portrait of Juddy Roller artist Goodie at Off The Kerb Gallery. Stay tuned for next month as Im going to the Benalla Street art festival over three days, this looks to be the biggest one

Snapshots – The Light In Us – Isolde – Off The Kerb Gallery

Congratulations to Isolde on her first solo exhibition at the iconic Off The Kerb gallery in Collingwood, run by the ever busy and beautiful Shini. I would have to say the work of Isolde would definitely be some of my favourite paste ups I have seen on the streets of Melbourne, in her many art covered lanes. Isolde’s work always stood out, her powerful images amongst the rust and ruin of some grungy laneway, this is where her work shines. For those that couldn’t make it down to Off The Kerb, I managed to garb some photos while having my

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art – February 2017

Well, by now you know the drill! After several years, each time we do one of Dean Sunshines Top 10s of Melbourne street art and graffiti, we see work that is even better and better hitting our streets. This time around, he’s pulled some fantastic pieces together for this one, and looking through it .. well, all I can say is that I really love Melbourne summers!! Check them all out below!! 1. Vexta + ELLE – Collingwood 2. Kaffeine – North melbourne 3. Lucy Lucy + Ola Volo – Fitzroy 4. Ling – Collingwood 5. Phibs – Fitzroy  6.

Snapshots – Make Your Self At Home – GOODIE – Juddy Roller

Congratulation to my good friend and all round beautiful soul “GOODIE”, as she put up her first solo show at Juddy Roller a few weeks back. I feel these works gave you a little insight in to the mind of the artist, you always take a risk when you expose yourself like this, I think she executed it well. It’s always refreshing to see what the artists come up with in the Juddy Roller space, especially when there is and has been so much talent pass through those doors. So for those that couldn’t make it to the show here

Through The Lens February 2017 – David Russell Photography

Welcome again to another look back at some of the amazing art by some very talented Melbourne artists, who consistently keep churning out some impressive works of art. Im always impressed at the constantly evolving styles especially by the graffiti community, forever pushing their craft to new heights. Melbourne also has a great line up of exhibitions usually every week there is something on, sometimes up to 3-4 shows in one night, with galleries like Backwoods, BSIDE, Juddy Roller and Off The Kerb just to name a few. Oh well guys until next month stay cool and get out and

Sunshines Top 10 Melbourne Graffiti & Street Art – January 2017

Well, its the new year, and it’s already February! How did that time pass so quickly? As always, we have another collection this month from the man himself, Dean Sunshine, of all the rad work he’s seen up on Melbournes walls in the past month. For a while bunch of cool shit, just check it out below – already looking forward to next months set! 1. SHIDA – Melbourne 2. DSCREET – Collingwood 3. CAPTAIN KRIS – Sunshine Lane, Brunswick 4. CARATOES & JARUS – Coburg 5. RONE – Coburg 6. MAYONAIZE – Fitzroy 7. VEXTA & ELLE – Melbourne

Through The Lens January 2017- David Russell Photography

Welcome to 2017 and my first Through The Lens post of the year, I thought what better than to start the year with a dope selection of  some of Melbourne’s finest graffiti. This year already looks to be an amazing year of street art and graffiti, I can’t wait to capture it with my lens and share it with the rest of the world. I already know of some pretty talented artists from around the globe who will be staining our streets with some pretty amazing aerosol art, you will just have to wait and see what is coming up

Event – Blender Biennale aka Farewell Franklin St – Melbourne

This is a sad post to write, for many reasons. One of the last bastions for independant art in the Melbourne CBD, Blender Studios, is closing its doors and moving to new digs down in Docklands. For fifteen years, their space at Franklin st supported hundreds of artists from all mediums and materials in their journeys, and now is the time to say a final seeya to the current incarnation with a massive art and market blowout this Wednesday night.


“After fifteen years on Franklin Street, The Blender Studios will be relocating. While bigger and better adventures and challenges await us at our new location, we couldn’t depart our old building without a good old-fashioned send off.

The Blender Biennale will be one of the biggest, most immersive exhibitions we have ever hosted. The entire studio building will be empty and each studio cubicle will offer an unprecedented experience into the depths of each artist’s practice.

Both gallery spaces will also be utilised as well as areas that were previously off-limits to visitors such as storage areas, the stockroom and the second hidden upstairs level.

The Blender Lane Artist markets will operate in the laneway and the exhibition will see you through the night and into the public holiday the following day.

Everyone is welcome to come and celebrate the incredible 15 years we have had, and to reflect on the importance these studios have had to an endless number of artists as well as the wider Australian Arts Scene as a whole.”

Significantly, this final showing and markets also marks the almost-ending of something that has been a part of Melbournes fabric since its very inception almost 182 years ago – of independant artists studios in the actual CBD. Besides the Kings Street ARI, Blender was one of the last – and pretty soon, if Kings (hopefully not) also goes the way of attrocious and unfair rent increases (I’m looking at you, owners of 110 Franklin Street – fuck you) and redevelopment of fancy shit at the price of culture, there wont be a single independant art studio left in the CBD. That 182 years of history of artists actually working in the CBD? Gone. But hey, you have your H&M and brand spanking new Victoria Markets on the way, right?

The only good thing about this is that Doyle and Pia will be launching a new Blender studio down in Docklands – and heres hoping that they inject a bit of artistic life into that stale sack of real estate, just like they did for the past fifteen years down on Franklin street.

So, anyways, it’s the big good bye. If you have ever visted Blender, if you’ve ever heard of it, if you’ve ever, like me, taken it for granted that it’d always be there, then head on down to this on Wednesday night.

See you there – its going to be fucking awesome.

 

Who: All the blender artists and then some
What: Blender Biennale and Franklin St closing party
Where: 110 Franklin Street, Melbourne 
When: Wednesday 25th January 2017, from 6pm til 11pm

 

 

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