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. Be sure to check locations are within your 10km radius before visiting.

Platypus Alley

Make your way to this lesser-known laneway to find a hidden projection piece by Yandell Walton. The walls are bathed in red light after dark, with an ominous timer ticking down to an unknown event. Walk down into the lane and watch as towering figures appear in black silhouettes before your eyes.

A dark laneways with projections on the walls
End Passage, Yandell Walton

Rose Lane

One of the most recent works you’ll find hidden around town comes from artist Bundit Puangthong. The beautiful mural is a weaving work of interconnected dragons, fiery motifs and colourful plants. Find the finished work at 602 Little Bourke Street.

A mural of a dragon
Rose Lane, Bundit Puangthong

Rainbow Alley

You've probably been down this little lane on your way to Cabinet Bar. Now a bright and colourful mural by visual artist Gonketa lights the way. Completed partially in lockdown, the pattern of hand shapes is based on Australian Sign Language.

A street art mural with painted hand shapes in a laneway
The Handshapes no.1, Gonketa

Langs Lane

The city's West end is a street art spotters dream, with endless works hidden in many unlikely places. The latest is Shawn Lu's sprawling ecosystem splashed across Langs Lane. The 'Still, Life!' landscape is an earthy toned scene of twisted trees, bikes and automobiles.

A brown and green mural painted on the side of a building
Still, Life!, Shawn Lu

Royal Arcade 

Uncover an intricate illustrated piece by artist Gosia Wlodarczak in Royal Arcade. Created onsite over 21 days, the sprawling work spans the glass facade, walls and floors of shops 8-10 in Royal Arcade.

Artist Gosia Wlodarczak wearing black lying prostrate in a black room and drawing on the wall with a white pen
Gosia Wlodarczak completing her work in Royal Arcade

Lees Place 

Plastered on the side of the Elephant and Wheelbarrow, you’ll find a series of characters painted by FIKARIS. Each figure strikes a pose in connection with a different title. Scan the wall for The Socialist, The Tireless, The Genuine and more. Look familiar? Every character is based on a real person, posing at work during the pandemic.

An artwork of people posed in different positions painted on the exterior wall of a pub
Be Meta, FIKARIS

Drewery Alley

Inspired by visions of a mystical shrine, artist Jaz Mishap has created a towering mural at the end of this narrow lane. The floating apparition is painted in Mishap’s signature colourful, vibrant style. Gaze up to see the figure drawing down its mask, revealing a face split down the middle.

A person on a crane in a laneway painting a mural
Jaz Mishap completing the Drewery Alley mural

Finlay Alley

Which other city can boast an 18-metre tall artwork dedicated to the lead singer of a Simpsons-themed doom metal band? Process that info as you find your way to Finlay Alley, where LING's mega mural lies in wait. And yes, that’s a Stonecutters inspired look you see.

A tall mural of a man dressed in a robe and holding a sceptre
Stonecutters mural, LING

More murals

Round out your laneway journey and spot more completed murals in Kirks Lane, Bourke Place, Evans Lane, Hughs Alley and Whitehart Lane. Stay tuned to the Flash Foward socials for more upcoming works.

A street art mural with a womans face and a small cat
Tayla Broekman's mural in Bourke Place

Record releases

Flash Forward has teamed up with Heavy Machinery Records to bring 40 new soundscapes to the streets. You can score your favourites for keeps on limited edition 12” vinyl. Follow Flash Forward's feed for release dates and information.

Live music and secret gigs - back on after lockdown

The best way to christen a new piece of street art? With an unmissable performance by some of Melbourne's top local talent. Catch DJ sets, techno parties, synth punk and more across the Flash Forward laneways. Gigs are very hush hush - some will be pre-promoted, some you'll just need to be in the right place at the right time. Sign up to the Flash Forward newsletter and follow their socials for more info.

A series of square colourful street art works on a laneway wall
Whitehart Lane will host a pop-up performance by composer Mindy Meng Wang

Last updated on Sat 18 Sep 2021

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