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Cultural city

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

The Future of creative Melbourne

By Adrian Doyle – Bender Studios, One of my friends who was recently painting in a local laneway runs an important blog on street art. He’s an interesting artist. The laneway that he was painting in was Flinders Court; it’s that laneway which runs behind Elizabeth St between Flinders St and Flinders Lane. It was

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

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