Street Art articles

Stop complaining about culture

Stop complaining about culture

By Adrian Doyle It’s been a while since I have written an article. That’s because I have been busy getting Blender Studios set up in its permanent home just near Flagstaff Gardens.  As a kid, I always dreamed of one day living in the CBD. And then I moved into my first CBD factory at

On the nose

The other day I was walking down Bourke St and I was busting to go to the toilet and all I could find was one of those self-washable silver toilet blocks.  I had to wait out the front whilst someone was finishing up. When I finally got my turn, I went in and shut the

Hidden laneways

This city has amazing hidden art and treasures around every corner.  With its vast networks of laneways, Melbourne is the world’s largest public art gallery. Our city has become a leader in cultural economy.  Normally when I write this column I complain about rich people milking our city for their own nefarious needs, but not

Major tourist attraction in decay!

So, over the past six years street art in Melbourne has dropped in quality and quantity. There are a number of reasons for this, but before I go into them, I would first like to discuss the economy of street art.  I have spent most of my life in and around the different forms of

I want to create a “Space Bank”

By Adrian Doyle In the 1990s Melbourne was a very different city. It was a suburban city, with elements of the 1950s still holding influence. People would finish work and catch the train home to suburbia – like in John Brack’s Collins St 5pm. However, in the mid 90s there was a clear shift in the way

Our laneways need serious help

By Adrian Doyle So I run the Melbourne Street Art Tours and have done since 2008.  When you go on a tour you meet a street artist at Federation Square and the artist takes you on a tour of the Melbourne laneways giving his/her version of the history of street art, graffiti and Melbourne.  You

The problem is bureaucracy

The other day a friend of mine sent me a link to a proposal from a development company that is planning a major development in the CBD.  The development includes the removal of a number of important areas and lanes including taking out half of Union Lane and changing the centre of the city forever. 

Painting in Hosier Lane is not legal

By Adrian Doyle So now it’s official: corporate greed can and does sell out our beautiful city for a quick buck, and the government and police support them in every way they can.  The more-than-distasteful shop known as Culture Kings has done it again. They moved into Hosier Lane to use its credibility and kool

Phenomenon of street art

By Adrian Doyle It is clear that street art has become an important part of the Melbourne cultural milieu with urban art appearing throughout the city in a variety of contexts. You can find it in advertisements, on trams, in shops, on tee shirts and of course on the walls and laneways. It has appeared

Hosier is the worst

By Adrian Doyle So, I’ve got two things to talk about this month – the first is the state of Hosier Lane. I know I have discussed Hosier Lane in the past. It has however, become even worse. There is bad art as far as the eye can see. I wouldn’t even rate Hosier in the

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