Guide to Melbourne’s best street art
Melbourne is renowned for its street art. Get the lowdown on where to find it and what to look for, or map out your next visit with our street art walking guide.
Flash Forward is the epic new creative program taking over 40 city laneways with music, murals and more from the best local talent. While some events are on pause during lockdown, you can still see these stunning new street art pieces on your daily walk. Check out our guide to the completed works so far.
Transport yourself to Europe in a little laneway behind Grossi. This immersive vista of Venice comes from artist Micah Nagle. Other beautiful hidden pieces by this artist include murals of sword-bearing kittens and David Bowie.
This dreamy neon scene emerged like a bright, blooming gift for city dwellers during lockdown. Installed on the Hanover House building, the painted mural-slash-LED piece was inspired artist Atong Atem's vintage European wallpaper collection. Outdoor Living is part of the new Beulah project in Southbank.
Melbourne’s most iconic cobbled laneway has been beloved by photographers for decades. This is a shifting canvas, though, with graffiti disappearing and appearing overnight. Perhaps the most memorable is the large-scale spray-paint mural by artist Adnate. To see his 23-metre-high realist mural, look up.
The street art here leans toward the three-dimensional. Think small sculptures and images set within physical frames. Look down and you might see a whimsical miniature diorama by Liz Sonntag, AKA Tinky. Speaking of miniatures, this lane is also home to Bar Americano, one of Melbourne’s smallest (and best) bars.
Meyers Place was home to the eponymous bar that launched Melbourne's laneway revolution. Now one of four thoroughfares transformed by our Green Your Laneway program. Here, you'll find a Mike Makatron mural. Admire his beautiful urban jungle, then enjoy cocktails and NYC slices from Pizza Pizza Pizza.
Named after the legendary Oz rock band, AC/DC Lane is a nexus for music and street art. Marvel at sticker-bombed windows. Check out murals of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, and Mike Makatron’s 3D sculpture of Bon Scott bursting through the wall. While you're here, you can stop by one of Melbourne's newest venues, Bar Bambi.
Big murals cover this lane’s walls. None are bigger than Steen Jones’ towering tribute to Melbourne. This bold design of roses and a butterfly looks like the wall has got itself a tattoo in honour of the city. On a much smaller scale, there’s also one of the last Banksy rats, which used to lurk all over the CBD.
Upper West Side Street Art Precinct
Melbourne’s first official street art precinct was launched in December 2017, curated by the Juddy Roller collective. They worked with six huge names from Melbourne’s street art scene. The venue is an old power station, the perfect easel for these large-scale graphic murals. There's Dvate’s orange-bellied parrots. Rone’s massive, photorealist muses. There are also a couple of Smug standouts. Look for the enormous portrait of his grandparents.
Blender Lane is another artists’ darling. No wonder, it was the first home of urban art incubator, Blender Studios. The unsigned cul-de-sac is a whirl of tags, stencils, graffiti art and paste-ups. No space has been left untouched. You’ll find it off Franklin Street, up near Queen Victoria Market. These artists also run tours and workshops.
Tiny Caledonian Lane runs between Lonsdale and Little Bourke streets. The alley has been a street artists’ favourite for years. Recent murals have included commissions by various gaming developers, an ode to Heath Ledger's Joker performance and a towering Dune mural. Find all this and more right outside Fortress Melbourne, Melbourne's coolest video game entertainment venue.
West Side Place Artcade
West Side Place Artcade is an immersive public art gallery. Dubbed Australia’s first ever ‘artcade’, you'll find works by Reko Rennie, Rone, Adnate and more. Marvel at the endless installations while you can - the spaces in West Side Place are destined for future shops, cafés and restaurants.
Last updated on Mon 5 Sep 2022
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