Here one day, gone the next…there is always new street art appearing, then disappearing in the dynamic Melbourne streetscape. Hosier Lane is one of several locations in Melbourne where graffiti is tolerated. In fact, international artists are invited to contribute to the outdoor gallery on a regular basis. Hosier Lane has therefore become one of the most popular street art hotspots in the city.
Melbourne, the creative city
Melbourne is by far my favourite place I have lived. I recently returned after a long absence (and much separation anxiety), to catch up with old friends and play tourist in the city that I called home for over four years. I went armed with a list of things to do: see Strictly Ballroom the musical, go to the David Bowie exhibit at ACMI…the list goes on. But you don’t need a costly ticket to experience culture in this city.
Upon arrival, I soon remembered how this town feeds my creative soul! Culture oozes out of every wall, pavement and drain right into the street. If you can’t afford a theatre or gallery ticket, it doesn’t matter, just tune into the buzz of the city around you. The urban art, the coffee, the buskers among other things are on another level, and completely accessible to all.
Hosier Lane street art
I went for a walk to reacquaint myself with once-familiar streets and dropped by Hosier Lane, camera in hand, to capture a moment in street art time. Hosier Lane and its adjoining alleyways showcase some of Melbourne’s best street art. However, it will be different next week, if not tomorrow, as street artists don’t hesitate in recycling a used canvas. This provides a dynamic urban landscape and a certain exclusivity in each viewing. Here I share a snapshot of a single instant in Hosier Lane street art time.
More Melbourne street art
To find concentrations of street art beyond Hosier Lane, visit the below. You can find a map here.
AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place
Hosier and Rutledge lanes
Stevenson and Tattersalls lanes
Drewery and Sniders lanes
Corner 361 Little Bourke Street and Rankins Lane
Behind corner of Queen and Franklin streets
Beyond the CBD, look for street art in the suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy