Street Art articles

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

Making money by destroying culture

So, it seems that people have taken to advertising on street art hot spots. Paste up advertising or street advertising is killing much of the important lanes in the CBD and inner city.  Take Duckboard Place. This lane way was part of the hottest street precinct in Melbourne. Linked to AC-DC Lane, Duckboard Place had

Empire of Melbourne

By Adrian Doyle, Blender Studios I have spent some of this month fixing up and re-doing the lanes at the north of the CBD.  We have been painting Lovelands and the Blender Lane. The lanes had begun to look messy and some of the art had been slashed by tags. So we painted over the

Culture vulture

By Adrian Doyle Did you know that on average Hosier Lane gets around 10,000 tourists a day? That is pretty extraordinary. When you think about it, you struggle to think of anything else in Victoria that attracts this amount of tourists, plus its free and all we have to do is look after it. It

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