It’s no secret that Melbourne is the cultural capital of Australia. Here you can explore all the rich, and vibrant city has to offer including a world-class art scene. From the galleries to the streets, you will discover something exciting. With historical roots, the city’s art scene continues to thrive and offers something stimulating and inspiring for people from all walks of life. Whether you are just visiting Melbourne, are an independent artist or you are an art enthusiast, you won’t be disappointed by what the city has to offer.
Where it All Began
In the early stages of planning, Richard Hoddle, the senior surveyor wanted to create large sweeping roads throughout Melbourne. However, Governor Richard Bourke envisioned narrow streets. Both of these ideas were incorporated which is why the city was designed as a grid style system. These are the foundations for the thriving art scene that exists in Melbourne today. Heritage plays an integral part in the creative aspect of Melbourne.
Many different styles are combined delivering a bohemian feel that excites at every twist and turn throughout the CBD. You’ll be pleasantly surprised as you explore the city with endless inspiration. Street art is embraced by the city allowing it to flourish and integrate art throughout the laneways. Visionary business owners have allowed their shop fronts to embrace the artistic flavour of the area. The government and local council support the local artworks allowing the art scene to continually evolve and provide a canvas for artists’ freedom of expression.
Take it to the Streets
You don’t need to venture into a gallery to see what Melbourne has to offer. Our street art is internationally renowned. Board a tram or stroll through the vibrant city streets where you will find an abundance of public artworks and street art. Prepare to be inspired no matter where you turn. You will find creative expression all over the city.
The City of Melbourne provides permits for approved locations for artists to explore their ideas down laneways and on buildings. It sets the atmosphere and offers a creative outlet. It is designed for everyone to enjoy and has gained international attention for the positive energy that it fosters in this artistic hub.
It is forever changing and you can find new and unique creative expressions throughout the city. There was an attempt to preserve artwork by Banksy by installing a Perspex screen. However, this was met with backlash and graffiti destroyed the piece. The street art is meant to be forever changing and not to be kept static.
Art is intended to be seen, explored and enjoyed by all. You will find many public artworks around the city for everyone to experience. Public artworks allow different ideas to be brought to the space and provide something interesting for locals and visitors. It opens up discussion and has visual appeal.