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Melbourne's street art started out as an artist's critical statement, usually political, in the early days but over the past several decades the art has come to play an important part for Melbourne's tourist industry.

With city laneways and suburban streets now exhibiting some truly amazing artworks the gain in popularity has become quite a worldwide phenomenon.

Melbourne contains a diverse range of street art. The 1970's and 1980's saw graffiti sprawling over suburban buildings and along railway lines.

Today, any trip on any train through any suburb will prove to be a fun way to see just what our modern day street artists are all about. 

Melbourne is now known as the Stencil Capital of the World with stencil festivals held yearly throughout Australia. The first festival was held in 2004 and many major street artists were featured. Famous street artists from all over the world have been and still are being featured on select buildings and walls in the greater Melbourne districts. Artists such as ...

  • Banksy (UK), who's works were featured in a street art Melbourne exhibition recently in 2017
  • Fafi (France)
  • D*FACE (UK)
  • Logan Hicks
  • Revok (USA)
  • Blek le Rat (France)
  • Shepard Fairey (USA)
  • Invader (France)

Since the early 2000's other forms of street art started to pop up including ...

In 2005 the documentary Rash explored the street art culture and some of Melbourne's more notorious graffiti and street artists. The film explores the value of unsanctioned public art and whether or not it contributes anything to society in what it portrays.

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Laneways To View Street Art In Melbourne

There are many street art Melbourne galleries within the city that now display works of up and coming street artists and several of the city's laneways have now turned into 'Legend Lanes'

  • AC/DC Lane - a short laneway that runs south from Flinders Lane between Exhibition and Russell Street
  • Hosier Lane - the street art and graffiti are ever changing, it lies opposite Federation Square's Atrium 
  • Howey Place - running south from Little Collins Street between Swanston Street and Elizabeth Street, known well for its guerilla art and graffiti
Street Art in Hosier Lane compliments of TigTab from Melbourne, Australia (Shepard Fairey in Hosier) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsStreet Art in Hosier Lane compliments of TigTab from Melbourne, Australia (Shepard Fairey in Hosier) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Howey Place

Hosier Lane

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Walk the avenues and laneways exploring the exciting and always changing street art Melbourne provides or if you prefer to experience a professional guided tour you will receive an education as well as a wonderful insight into what street art is really all about.

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Authentic Street Artist Street Art Tour

Melbourne Street Art Tours showcase the best of Melbourne's laneways and street art.

As the tours are run entirely by street artists, they offer an authentic view into this underground art scene.

Learn all about the stories behind the artists and the works, finishing up at the famous Blender Studios where you are treated to a cheese platter and drinks and have the opportunity to meet the studio artists.

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Discover Artist's Secret Codes / Lifstyles

On this 2.5-hour walking tour you will delve into the cities popular hotspots and discover what it takes to be a graffiti/street artist.

Discover the secret codes and lifestyles of a street artist as you learn about their techniques (fat caps) and the authority (fat cats) of the area.

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Best Locations For Street Art Melbourne And Surrounds

  • Abbotsford
  • Brunswick and East Brunswick
  • Carlton and Carlton North
  • Collingwood
  • Fitzroy and Fitzroy North
  • Melbourne City Centre
  • Northcote and Westgarth
  • Prahran
  • Richmond
  • South Yarra
  • St Kilda

In 2006, the State Government "proudly sponsored" The Melbourne Design Guide, a book which celebrates street art Melbourne and graffiti from a design perspective.

The Melbourne Design Guide 2009/2010

Offering an insight to the inner workings of Melbourne's design community.

Full of hand-drawn maps and walking itineraries, the Guide is a direct connection to the pulse of this inspired city.

It will tell you all there is to know about architecture, fashion, art, graphics, objects and, of course, the stores, galleries, bars and restaurants Melbourne's creative community embraces and frequents.

The 2009/2010 edition, for the first time, features two parts.

The first part helps readers find and explore design-oriented destinations. The second part introduces the design talent that often works away behind closed doors.

There appears to be a constant battle with Councils, law enforcers and the artist as to whether Street Art is legal. There are hefty penalties for anyone found wandering the streets with spray cans. Some local councils have accepted street art and have even made efforts to preserve it.

The preservation of Street Art Melbourne from a heritage perspective is difficult as Melbourne City Council states "Protection of street art is not practical. The only exception may be especially commissioned works".

An example of a street art piece that has been added to the Victorian Heritage Register is the 1983 mural outside the Aborigines Advancement League building in Thornbury. The Aboriginal Mural is of State significance as a work of the artist Megan Evans in collaboration with members of the Victorian Aboriginal Community, which depicts Aboriginal history and culture

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By Kazadams (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Social issues are a common thread with Street Art Melbourne, portrayed through words, paint, stencils and posters. For example this piece of street art portraying the homeless who often sleep on the street parks and benches throughout the city and its surrounding suburbs.

Homeless on bench stencil Melbourne

By Fernando de Sousa from Melbourne, Australia (15 melbourne street art) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ( or CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Examples Of Various Suburban Street Art




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Street Art Melbourne is here to stay.

Whether it be in forms of art that remain permanently displayed on our buildings and public spaces or in works of ever changing graffiti statements, tagging and guerrilla art.

Whatever forms the art takes on will remain as intriguing as the places in which it sprouts up.

Sometimes you have to be quick to capture the message before it becomes obscured with the next round of social outbursts.

Perhaps following someone like Street Art Melbourne @strartmelb on Twitter might help with the latest finds.

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