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Visual junk ruining Melbourne’s laneway culture

Visual junk ruining Melbourne’s laneway culture

By Adrian Doyle It has always been a problem that young or emerging artists put their art near a far more famous artist’s work so that other people will see their work incidentally.  This happened a lot with the Banksys that Melbourne had or has, it was kind of tolerable when it was done with

The reflection of an augmented city

By Adrian Doyle There was a time when talking to yourself in public meant that you were crazy. Now when I’m at the lights or on a tram it seems normal.  That’s because of mobiles and the way people have no boundaries with the lengths that they go to, to stay connected or disconnected, depending

New mural for Melbourne

By Adrian Doyle As the planet completes another rotation of the sun, and things really ramp up in 2021 I hope all readers had a fun and somewhat normal holiday.  Last year was interesting; it was a seriously good time for artists to lock themselves in their studio and create art in a COVID-induced stupor.

Deck the walls with awesome art

By Adrian Doyle Hosier Lane has seen some hard times in the past few years, with the opening of Culture Kings and much of the street art being destroyed by tags and bad art. When the art school kids hit the lane with fire extinguishers filled with paint earlier this year, they did the lane

Cultural city

By Adrian Doyle In the 1990s Melbourne was a very different city. Most people used the city only for work. On the weekends and evenings, the city was empty. Melbourne was still for filling the prophecy of Collins St, 5pm by John Brack.  This left plentiful large, cheap and awesome spaces for studios, galleries and

Artists in isolation

By Adrian Doyle – Blender Studios As Melbourne is moving towards the end of lockdown 4, all the artists in Melbourne have been forced to stay at home. And all the studios have been closed.  Artists are already at risk of poverty, mental health issues and loneliness. Locking them up and taking away the studio

The stains of time

By Adrian Doyle – Blender Studios Whether it’s the sound of the trams rattling down the road or the endless rows of amazing and fascinating restaurants that both delight and challenge the taste buds, there are many things that make Melbourne great.  The way multiculturalism makes the city even greater and how Melbournians run to

Isolated artist

By Adrian Doyle So, what is isolation like for an artist? It has been boring with no parties and openings and all the social events that fill the creative Melbourne calendar cancelled.  This has been hard for artists, for as socially awkward as artists are, they are social creatures, and thrive on all the wine

Tourist location in total disrepair

By Adrian Doyle Hosier Lane has been an unaesthetic free-for-all for many years now.  After Amac left the lane and shut Citylights and Until Never galleries in about 2008, The Banksys had already been painted over accidently.  In 2009 I began running regular workshops twice a month with the young people through Signal. This meant

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