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:
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.