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Art on the Street – Melbourne I
November 19, 2015
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Hosier Lane street art, Melbourne

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.

Melbourne grafitti
Peek-a-boo
Art on the Street - Melbourne, Australia
Bubbling machine
Art on the Street - Melbourne, Australia
Sully and Mike
Art on the Street - Melbourne, Australia
Art on the Street - Melbourne, Australia
Art on the Street - Melbourne, Australia
Laneway street art in Melbourne, Australia
Riff Raff
Street art tour of Melbourne laneways
Street art tour of Melbourne laneways
Street art tour or Melbourne laneways
Art on the Street - Melbourne, Australia
Political paste-ups
Political paste-ups
Melbourne mural "Indigenous boy" by Adnate
Indigenous boy by Adnate
Street art tour or Melbourne laneways
Urban art
Laneway street art in Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne street art
White flower blossoming out of the pavement
Laneway street art, Melbourne

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

Centre Place

Flinders Court

Union Lane

Presgrave Place

Russell Place

Croft Alley

Stevenson and Tattersalls lanes

Drewery and Sniders lanes

Caledonian Lane

Corner 361 Little Bourke Street and Rankins Lane

Finlay Lane

Behind corner of Queen and Franklin streets

Blender Lane

Beyond the CBD, look for street art in the suburbs of Collingwood and Fitzroy

Enjoy more street art from around the world with the Art on the Street series. Also, learn how to spend 72 hours in Melbourne to get the best experience from your time.

Peace, love & inspiring travel,

Madam ZoZo

Art on the Street - Melbourne, Australia

About author

Madam ZoZo

Hi! I'm Madam ZoZo, aka Zoë, an Australian designer, creative consultant, blogger and digital nomad. I'm passionate about travel, design, dance and new experiences that fuel my creativity. I strive to travel in a style that is gentle on the earth and that contributes to the communities I visits, even if it is merely to take away a greater understanding of a different culture. Duende by Madam ZoZo, is where I share the stories of my travels and the duende (soul/inspiration) I find along the way.

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There are 3 comments

  • […] of Art on the Street series features urban art, some legal walls like Wynwood Walls and Hosier Lane, but most could be sprayed with labels like “graffiti” and “vandalism” to […]

  • Daniel Lawrence says:

    I was wondering if I could use one of your images for a client’s packaging. i can credit you and link it to you. let me know, thanks

    • Madam ZoZo says:

      Hi Daniel – thanks for your inquiry.
      Due to the nature of these images, unfortunately, I cannot license their use for commercial purposes because copyright for the artwork pictured belongs to the respective artists.
      Thanks again,
      Madam ZoZo

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