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Urban Graffiti Art in Melbourne Laneways

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Published February 22nd 2011
Secret passages leading to outdoor urban art galleries. It's very Melbourne and it's not just locals in the know who think so. Our city is now recognised globally as one of the top street art capitals.

A subculture within Melbourne's art scene, street art styles you'll see here include stencils, paste-ups, murals and poster and sticker art. The affect on Melbourne is an ever evolving brick canvas that defines these lane ways. Banksy has even left his mark here after visiting Melbourne in 2003. In 2010 the now famous incident of local city council worker's unknowingly painting over his stencil rat even hit our papers.

Embarrassments aside, in recognition of this scene Melbourne City Council has earmarked specific city lane ways with street art permits. How great is that? Lane ways worth taking a stroll down include:

Hosier and Rutledge Lanes opposite Federation Square

Caledonian Lane off Little Bourke Street

Union Lane off Bourke Street Mall

Centre Place off Flinders Lane

Duckboard Place and ACDC Lane off Flinders Lane

Not only will you find urban art down these lane ways, you'll also come across great bars, restaurants, cafes, clubs, shops and galleries, some of which appear from under the art and all add to the pulse of these hidden spaces.

Tip: Take your time and get up close. Some of the most inspiring art I've seen is small, hidden in door ways, high on walls or behind bins.

Take: Your camera for sure.

Walking tours: For in depth walking tours taking in the sights of Melbourne's street art scene, try the likes of Melbourne Street Tours, Walk to Art and We Make Stuff Good Tours.

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Why? Secret passages to outdoor galleries - doesn't it just make you want to put on your shoes right now and get out there.
When: Going there yourself, then anytime you like. With a tour refer to the company sites for tour departure times.
Where: Melbourne City. Refer to the map links above
Cost: Free, wander amongst the art yourself or if joining a tour refer to the companies own sites.
A quite Melbourne laneway has some fantastic urban graffiti art, spanning 50 metres. It leads to a cafe in Moonee Ponds (Garden Tuscany), and is being painted by artist Jasper Killick.
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