Melbourne


Melbourne is the oft claimed “cultural capital of Australia” – whether this is true or not, it certainly has a wealth of amazing galleries, sights and opportunities for artists. From street art friendly laneways, art events and with an art friendly population, its hard to beat Melbourne for sheer output. Pushing the new waves of low brow, street art and nu-contempotary are galleries such as  RTIST and Artboy Galleries in Prahran,  Backwoods Gallery in Collingwood, Metro in Armadale, Paradise Hills in Richmond, Darkhorse and No Vacancy in the city, and many more …


Melbourne Street Art


Where does one start with Melbourne street art? As one of the top ranking  notable world street art capitals, you could read the wikipedia page, or read any number of books on the subject, but, suffice to say, if you are in the Southern Hemisphere, there are few places to miss if you are an aficionado.

You can take tours of its world famous laneways, and read up on its prolific and much loved artist collectives and studios, including Everfresh in Collingwood, Blender Studios in the CBD, Paradise Hills and Safehouse Studios in Richmond, Rival Revolution/Invurt in Prahran, Cocoa Jackson in Brunswick and many others. Not a day goes by without new work finding its way up on the walls, much of which is covered in a variety of blogs and websites, and on the Melbourne Street Art facebook pages.

Street artists can also pick up any needed supplies from such spots as Obese Records in Prahran, This Is It in Richmond, Giant in North Melbourne and Refills in Fitzroy …


Read on for all that is grand, happening and cool in Melbournes art scene …



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Event – Book Launch – Street Art, Public City – Alison Young – Misty Bar – Australia 

A book I have been hearing about for some time now; so I’m excited to announce the launch of Alison Youngs labour of love Street Art, Public City.

“The book is the first full-length academic study of street art in Melbourne, New York, Berlin and Paris. The book draws on interviews with over 60 street artists and graffiti writers in cities around the world, and looks at the ways cities, police and councils respond to street artworks”.
This is a subject that I am very passionate about and spend much of my time on (working with councils etc) so I can’t wait to read this and hear what Alison has to say.
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From the Readings website: “What is street art? Who is the street artist? Why is street art a crime? Since the late 1990s, a distinctive cultural practice has emerged in many cities: street art, involving the placement of uncommissioned artworks in public places. Sometimes regarded as a variant of graffiti, sometimes called a new art movement, its practitioners engage in illicit activities while at the same time the resulting artworks can command high prices at auction and have become collectable aesthetic commodities. Such paradoxical responses show that street art challenges conventional understandings of culture, law, crime and art. Street Art, Public City: Law, Crime and the Urban Imagination engages with those paradoxes in order to understand how street art reveals new modes of citizenship in the contemporary city. It examines the histories of street art and the motivations of street artists, and the experiences both of making street art and looking at street art in public space. It considers the ways in which street art has become an integral part of the identity of cities such as London, New York, Berlin, and Melbourne, at the same time as street art has become increasingly criminalised. It investigates the implications of street art for conceptions of property and authority, and suggests that street art and the urban imagination can point us towards a different kind of city: the public city. Street Art, Public City will be of interest to readers concerned with art, culture, law, cities and urban space, and also to readers in the fields of legal studies, cultural criminology, urban geography, cultural studies and art more generally.”

Alison Young is a professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has been studying street art for a number of years, and acted as a policy consultant for Melbourne City Council.

Hope to see you at Misty Bar on Wednesday!
Who: Alison Young
What: Street Art, Public City.
When: Wednesday 29th 630pm. The book is also available for sale online here, here and here.
Where: Misty Bar, Hosier Lane, Melbourne.
Facebook event page here.
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Snapshots – Cult Leader – At The House Of Bricks

The House Of Bricks has done it again, putting on a great night featuring some pretty cool pieces by artist’s Bailer, Putos, Shay Bakar, Dominoe Phillips, Kid Silk, Max Richards, Adele Wilkes and Mr Muppet.

Fresh pizza cooked in a mud brick oven and cocktail slurpees for all who attended, not a bad way to spend a Thursday night in Collingwood.

Here are a bunch of pics I got while there enjoy…Peace

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Exhibition – Flat Bend – Shohei Otomo & Kosuke Kawamura – Backwoods Gallery – Collingwood

Be sure to get down to Backwoods Gallery this Friday night at 6pm and check out the work of Shohei Otomo & Kosuke Kawamura at Backwoods Gallery.

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Who: Shohei Otomo & Kosuke Kawamura

What: Flat Blend

Where: Backwoods Gallery, Easey Street Collingwood.

When: This Friday the October the 24th

Facebook event here

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Videos – MSO Street Art – Drewfunk, Lucy Lucy, Kaff-eine & Ha-HA

The other week a bunch of artists got together with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to do a bunch of works inspired by classical pieces of music, from both popular culture and older sources.

Below are the videos from each of these works of music, with the accompanying produciton by the artists – Drewfunk, Lucy Lucy, Ha-Ha and Kaff-eine. Enjoy!

Drewfunk:

Ha-Ha

Kaff-eine

Lucy Lucy

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Exhibition – Tales From The Sketch Book – Barek Art – Off The Kerb Gallery

Be sure to get down to Off The Kerb, this friday to check the wonderful work of Barek, who’s pasteups have been gracing the streets of Melbourne for a few years now.

A wonderful mix of animals, trolls and the ever adventurous Barek, these pieces always seem to breathe life in to the urban landscape in the most wonderful way.

Tales from the Sketchbook

A journey into my sketchbook, highlighting 3 characters. Travel the arctic tundra with The Huntress, discover the secrets of the deep sea kelp forest – home of the Kelp Maiden and look into the black and white world of The Sorceress.

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Who: Barek.

What: Tales From The The Sketchbook.

Where: Off The Kerb – 668 Johnston Street Collingwood.

When: This Friday The 17th Of October.

 

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Snapshots – Outsiders Featuring Twoone – At Backwoods Gallery

For those that missed out on last nights show “Outsiders” featuring Twoone, returning from berlin for this show, I was pretty impressed with what I saw it was a combination of his usual character stylings painted on these amazing light boxes.

Being painted on the glass or perspex you could see all the brush strokes through the light shining from behind, the first room had this industrial noise playing which was quite confronting but really set the mood.

The show will be running till October the 19th at  Backwoods Gallery in Easey Street Collingwood.

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Event – Sticky Fingers Apparel Label Launch and Show – At K+N Studios In Richmond

Be sure to get along to my good mate, Sticky Fingers apparel Launch party in a couple of weeks, he has a rad clothing range with some of the coolest characters.

I was lucky enough to receive one in the mail, so don’t miss out see you guys there.

Number 1. An opportunity to check out the range of tshirts from Sticky Fingers Apparel together with fresh works from the contributing artists.
The day kicks off at noon with the works of the artists on display. Their tshirts will also be available, so you can get the right size and skip the postage cost!
The street art book ‘figment’ from AllThoseShapes will be on sale too.
At around 8:30 we will wind down the store and turn up the volume with some music from “euonim”

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Who: Sticky Fingers Apparel

What: Sticky Fingers Apparel Label Launch and Show

When: October the 25th from 12pm

Where: K + N Studios 25 Wangaratta St, Richmond 3121

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Dean Sunshines Top 10 – September 2014

Once again Dean Sunshine gives us the goods in his latest collection of what was fine and awesome in Melbourne street art and graffiti this month – always a pleasure checking out these pics, enjoy them as much as we do!!

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1. Deams – Fitzroy north
2. Slicer – Fitzroy north
3. Lucy Lucy – Fitzroy north
4. Bailer – South Yarra
5. Stormie Mills – Brunswick
6. Baby Guerilla – Brunswick
7. Kyle Hughes Rodgers – Brunswick
8. Two One – Brunswick
9. BMD – Brunswick
10. Heesco + Duke Style – CBD

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Paint Up – Duke (Style) & Heesco – Movida’s In Hosier Lane

28 degrees and the sun is shining and I can hear the grand final at the MCG from Hosier Lane, which is where Heesco and Duke (Styles), combine their powers to create another sublime piece.

These two seem to work really well together, each with such varying styles Duke with his classic almost sketching detail and Heesco’s character development, just seems to get better and better.

I suppose when you paint as much as there two guys, progression is only natural especially when painting around so many different styles.

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Exhibition – Stormie Mills – FTW – Metro Gallery – Armadale

After catching up with Stormy in Perth for PUBLIC, we’re g;ad to announce he’s coming to Melbourne for his latest show at Metro Gallery next week!!! The preview works below look amazing, so were looking forward to seeing what he comes up with for the show. We’ll see you at the opening.

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Who: Stormie Mills.

What: ‘FTW’.

When: Next Thursday the 25th of Sept from 6pm. Runs until the 12th of October.

Where: Metro Gallery. 1214 High Street Armadale.

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